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Federal Laws and Policies


Click on the links below to get the text of federal laws and guidance affecting the educational rights of students in temporary housing situations

March 2017 - United States Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance for the Education for Homeless Children and Youths

On March 2, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released Non-Regulatory Guidance for the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program. This revised Non-Regulatory Guidance for the McKinney-Vento program replaces the July 2016 Guidance and includes new questions and answers on the amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which take effect on October 1, 2016, and new technical assistance on promising practices for implementing homeless education requirements at the State and local levels. The Non-Regulatory Guidance can be downloaded here and an accompanying factsheet is available here

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Reathorized by Title IX Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) [PDF]

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that protects the public education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The text attached here is the latest version of the law since it was reauthorized on December 10, 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 [PDF]

This is the full version of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA amended and reauthorized several parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), including the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento provisions under the “Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015,” (ESSA) took effect on October 1, 2016. For more information about the timelines for implementation of ESSA, please see: Timeline for Implementation of the Homelessness and Foster Care Provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I Part A, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

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