This NCHE brief • discusses specific issues related to immigrants and homelessness, and • highlights strategies for schools to support the education of immigrant students experiencing homelessness.
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/Joint-Letter-August-2016.pdf The U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development issued a joint letter that reminds recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies to their programs. Housing and service providers must not turn away immigrants experiencing homelessness, or victims of… Read more »
This brief (in English) by SchoolHouse Connection reviews how the federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly, from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This brief provides basic information about eligibility for education services, and practical suggestions for schools. Additional information and updates from January 2019 are… Read more »
Los Estudiantes Inmigrantes, Y Como Las Escuelas Pueden Ayudar Las normas federales sobre los jóvenes y las familias inmigrantes se están cambiando con mucha frecuencia, incluyendo a los “DACA” y al estatus Temporal de Protección. Este documento comparte información sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes a la educación y sugerencias para las escuelas. Para mayor… Read more »
Immigration issues are tricky. There are many ways in which your immigration status—whether you’re a green card holder or undocumented—can impact your ability to get a job, go to college, or even remain in the United States. That’s why we created this resource especially for immigrant youth. We hope you find it useful
Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth A Guide For Success in Secondary and Post-Secondary Settings U.S. Department of Education October 20, 2015
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/resource/unaccompanied-alien-children-frequently-asked-questions The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Office of Refugee Resettlement/Department of Health and Human Services operates shelters throughout the United States for children who enter the country without their parent. This document contains a list of some questions that community members and media have been frequently asked.
FACT SHEET: Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States
Schools in the United States have always welcomed new immigrant children to their classrooms – according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners. We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news – children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. – Mexico border. This fact sheet provides information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in connection with such students, and the existing resources available to help educate all immigrant students – including children who recently arrived in the United States.
Under Federal law, State and local educational agencies (hereinafter “districts”) are required to provide all children with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level. Recently, we have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status. These practices contravene Federal law. Both the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education (Departments) write to remind you of the Federal obligation to provide equal educational opportunities to all children residing within your district and to offer our assistance in ensuring that you comply with the law. We are writing to update the previous Dear Colleague Letter on this subject that was issued on May 6, 2011, and to respond to inquiries the Departments received about the May 6 Letter. This letter replaces the May 6 Letter.
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UAC Processing Flowchart: This flow chart illustrates overview of major steps in how UACs are processed (from apprehension through release).
Undocumented Alien Children (UAC) Informational Overview: Trends, Processes, Needs — Describes the major trends, administrative processes, and broad level human needs associated with undocumented minor children traveling into the U.S. unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
NAEHCY offers this short document to assist our members in providing appropriate educational services to unaccompanied immigrant children1 who may be arriving in their communities. Please note that this document provides only an over-simplified snapshot of immigration law and policy as it affects unaccompanied immigrant children. It is designed to assist McKinney-Vento and other education… Read more »
This report, has been written for educators and policy makers in order to focus attention on a subset of English language learners—those who are newcomers to schools in the United States at the middle and high school grades—and to communicate promising practices for serving their educational and social needs. The report is based on a 3-year national research study, Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level, conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics on behalf of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This research project consisted of a national survey of secondary school newcomer programs and case studies of 10 of these programs, selected for their exemplary practices. The project goals were to:
* Identify exemplary programs for newcomer English language learners in middle and high school,
* Better understand the multiple approaches that programs use to support students’ academic achievement and strengthen their educational and economic opportunities and civic integration, and
* Disseminate findings on effective practices and policies.
McKinney-Vento Law into Practice Brief Series
Migrant Students Experiencing Homelessness: Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act
The purpose of this brief is to provide the reader with the information about two important legislative supports that address these challenges for the benefit of migrant students who are experiencing homelessness.
This brief is designed to provide young people, immigration attorneys and advocates, McKinney-Vento liaisons and educators with basic information to help them access these keys. After describing some of the factors that cause youth to experience homelessness without a parent or guardian and the circumstances that result in immigrant youth being in the United States without their parents or guardians, the brief shares information about the federal laws that provide the means for youth to attend school and address their immigration status.
Many immigrant children experiencing high mobility and poverty may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. These services can help create a safe and welcoming environment for immigrant students and their parents who are experiencing homelessness. According to the McKinney-Vento Act, students who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” are eligible for services designed to reduce academic barriers and have a positive impact on the educational outcomes of eligible students.
Reconciling Federal, State, and Institutional Policies
Determining Educational Access for Undocumented Students: Implications for Professional Practice
This report was prepared by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and funded by TG Public Benefit Grant Program.