Assessing the Capacity of LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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 »

TEA to the Administrator Addressed Letter: Re: Changes to “Crisis Code 05” for Hurricane Harvey Students

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 »

TEA to the Administrator Addressed Letter: Re: Requirements for campuses operating over capacity because of Hurricane Harvey

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.

Disaster Preparation and Response – National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

  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 You may also contact NCHE’s homeless education helpline with questions or concerns by calling 800.308.2145 or emailing

Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition

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 »