Assistance Act of 1987, Title VII, Subtitle B, as amended, 42 U.S.C.
§§ 11431-11435; Title 34 CFR Part 74, ensures educational rights and
protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
According to a child or youth's best interest, Local Educational
Agencies must either continue the child/youth's education in the
school of origin, or enroll the child/youth in school in any public
school that nonhomeless students who live in the attendance area
where the child/youth is actually living are eligible to attend.
States must submit a plan demonstrating how its policies comply with
the law. All LEAs must designate an appropriate staff person as a
local educational agency liaison to insure that the Act is complied
Any State desiring to receive funding under NCLB Title I Part A must
submit a plan to the Department of Education that is coordinated
with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. LEAs also must
reserve such funds as are necessary to provide services comparable
to those provided to children in Title I, Part A funded schools to
serve homeless children who do not attend participating schools,
including support services to children in shelters and other
locations where children may live.
U.S. Department of Education
Discussion of federal McKinney Act funding for homeless students.
National Center on
Homelessness & Poverty
Several client education pieces and issue briefs for advocates
downloadable including "Education of Children and Youth in Homeless
Situations, 2003 Guide to Their Rights;" McKinney-Vento 2001-- Law
into Practice Series -- describing the Act in detail.