This document offers practical suggestion to assess and improve LEA websites with information on McKinney-Vento rights.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, every local educational agency (LEA) must designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. Liaisons must be “able to carry out” ten specific duties. 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii). The U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance states that LEAs “should allocate sufficient time for… liaisons to do… Read more »
“None of this work can be done without the law. Maybe we need to give liaisons the words. ‘If you think you need more time for this job, here are the parts of McKinney-Vento and ESSA that back you up.’ We can be great homeless education liaisons, but we can’t do this job without the support of… Read more »
TEA has received many questions regarding how we will fully track students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It is important that we identify those students properly so we are able to make adjustments to accountability and identify any additional funding opportunities given the impact of the storm. Beginning Friday, October 13th, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will… Read more »
All students enrolling in a school district or charter school as a result of being displaced by Hurricane Irma should be reported with a ‘Crisis Code’ of 06. The 2017-2018 Fall PEIMS Snapshot will remain as October 27, 2017. Read the complete letter for additional details.
September 20, 2017 The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is aware that some school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are providing instruction to students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. This letter provides instructions for applying for waivers to operate over their normal capacity and to change their operational schedules to accommodate additional students.
August 31, 2017 The purpose of this letter is to provide an update and reminder to all school districts and charters of key provisions in place to support students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Please remember that a child whose family has been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey will generally meet the definition of “homeless” under… Read more »
Local, state, and federal agencies are directing disaster-related requests for food, clothing, evacuation/transportation assistance, or other immediate assistance to the organizations and agencies listed on this web page at http://www.theotx.org/local-state-federal-resources-aid-dealing-hurricane-harvey/.
The national Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has many resources to help school districts, campuses, and local homeless liaisons prepare for and deal with disasters of many kinds, including hurricanes. Access this information at https://nche.ed.gov/disaster-preparation-and-response/. You may also contact NCHE’s homeless education helpline with questions or concerns by calling 800.308.2145 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services. As… Read more »