at Advocates for Children
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New York, NY 10001
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
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is federal legislation that addresses the public education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The text of this law is the latest version since it was reauthorized on December 10, 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
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
On July 27, 2016, 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 2004 Guidance and includes new questions that reflect both 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.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
04/04/17 McKinney-Vento Enhanced Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
04/05/17 McKinney-Vento Baseline Grantee Meeting (Invite Only)
02/14/17 Managing Disagreements and Dispute Resolution (NYS & NYC)
02/28/17 School-Based Liaison Responsibilities (NYC)
03/02/17 McKinney-Vento Liaison Responsibilities (NYS, Outside of NYC)