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PLEASE NOTE: In some cases, the resources on this page may not be current.
Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The changes went into effect October 1, 2016, and include: expanded transportation protections until the end of the school year for temporarily housed students who move into permanent housing, the inclusion of preschool in the definition of "school of origin" (children can stay in their school of origin and receive transportation to that school), and changes to the dispute resolution process which include the provision of all McKinney-Vento related services (for example, continued enrollment and transportation) until a final decision is issued. For more information about ESSA changes to the McKinney-Vento Act, see the State Education Department's Field Memo regarding Implementation of Changes to McKinney-Vento Homeless Act as a Result of Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act.
Please continue to check here for updated information about how new laws will impact policies and procedures in New York State, and as always, feel free to contact NYS-TEACHS at 800-388-2014 with any questions you may have.
Charter schools, like school districts, must appoint a McKinney-Vento liaison to identify students who are homeless, help them enroll in school, and arrange for transportation and other needed services. Charter schools should also distribute a Residency Questionnaire to all enrolling students and students who change addresses to ask them about their housing status. All LEAs that recieve Title I, Part A funds, including charter schools, are required to do so. Click on the links below to learn more about charter schools and homeless education.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about the responsibility of charter schools under the McKinney-Vento Act.
Short Guide to Transportation for Students in Temporary Housing Attending Charter Schools in New York State
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information in this document is now out of date. Important changes related to McKinney-Vento were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which went into effect October 1, 2016. A revised document will be posted soon.
Get more detailed information about transportation responsibilities for temporarily housed students attending charter school.
For data on students in temporary housing attending charter schools, visit our Data and Statistics webpage.
Laws and Guidance
This Field Memo from the State Education Department answers common questions related to how McKinney-Vento applies to Charter Schools including: how to determine which school district pays the charter school tuition, who provides transportation, and reimbursement.
NYSED Field Memo: New York City Charter Schools and Community School District Preference for Homeless Students - Charter School Q & A
October 2010. This field memo is meant to clarify the NYS Field Memo #3-2010: NYC Charter Schools and Community School District Preference for Homeless Students, issued July 2010.
NYSED Field Memo: New York City Charter Schools and Community School District Preference for Homeless Students
July 2010. This Field Memo from the State Education Department discusses in which community school districts within NYC children who are homeless may claim preference in order to participate fully in charter school admissions lotteries.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
04/04/17 McKinney-Vento Enhanced Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
04/05/17 McKinney-Vento Baseline Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
03/16/17 Early Childhood Education Programs for Children in Temporary Housing (NYS, Outside of NYC)
03/21/17 Trauma-Sensitivity and School Success (All Audiences)
03/22/17 Early Childhood Education Programs for Children in Temporary Housing (NYC)