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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.

Research on Homeless Education

Click on the links below to learn more about current and former research conducted on the topic of homeless education.

Classrooms with Revolving Doors: Recommended Practices for Elementary Teachers of At-Risk and Highly Mobile Students [PDF]

Classrooms with Revolving Doors: Recommended Practices for Middle Level and High School Teachers of At-Risk and Highly Mobile Students [PDF]

Teachers whose classrooms seem to have revolving doors with students entering, withdrawing, and even re-entering throughout the school year, face a variety of challenges in meeting the needs of such highly mobile students and their more stable peers. This information brief highlights some of those challenges and offers recommendations to teachers based on our exploration of the literature and case studies of award-winning teachers with a variety of students in their classrooms who moved frequently.

Effective Teaching and At-Risk/Highly Mobile Students: What Do Award-Winning Teachers Do? [PDF]

This study, designed jointly by the National Center for Homeless Education and The College of William and Mary, explores the critical role of the classroom teacher in contributing to the education of at-risk and highly mobile students. The study includes a review of the literature on the effective teaching of at-risk and highly mobile students and an exploration of the beliefs and practices of six teachers who won national and/or state awards for working with these populations.

School Stability and School Performance: A Review of the Literature [Word doc]

This literature review was developed as part of an unpublished study conducted in 2004 by Dr. Beth Garriss Hardy and Dr. Cheryl Vrooman. The review examines the current body of research on mobility and how it may apply to the school performance of children and youth experiencing homelessness and makes recommendations for further research.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Abstract Bibliography of Homeless Education Resources: 2008 [PDF]

This abstract bibliography lists and describes a selection of publications released in 2008 that deal with issues related to the lives and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Mobility Study Bibliography [Word doc]

This NCHE bibliography, updated in August 2009, provides a comprehensive listing of research studies addressing the issue of mobility and its effects on a child's or youth's education.

Unaccompanied and Homeless Youth Review of Literature (1995-2005) [PDF]

This review is based on literature published between 1995 and 2005 on issues concerning unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. It provides an overview of the challenges these young people face and includes research about why they leave their homes, how they live after leaving, and what interventions are being used to assist them.

Up Against the Odds: New York City's Homeless Children Lose Out in School (2006)

This report found that increased efforts must be made to ensure the protection of homeless students' legal rights to education in New York City. The report underscores the importance of providing educational stability to homeless children and youth, and the need for increased coordination among city agencies and the New York City Department of Education to provide services to these students.

For more information, please see: Data and Statistics on Homelessness

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