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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.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a federal law, provides funding to states to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. Children and youth experiencing homelessness are categorically eligible for services under Title I, whether or not they live in a Title I school attendance area or meet the academic standards required of other children for Title I eligibility. Additionally, districts that have non-participating schools (i.e. schools that do not receive Title I funds) must set aside a portion of their Title I, Part A funds to provide services to students who are homeless. Click on the links below to learn more about Title I with regard to children and youth who are homeless.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about using Title I funding for students in temporary housing situations.
This brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with the provision of services to homeless children and youth under Title I, Part A, and offers strategies for implementation.
Most of the LEAs receiving Title I, Part A funds must set-aside a portion of those funds to serve students who are homeless. This article, published in the November 2003 edition of the No Child Left Behind Financial Compliance Insider, addresses commonly asked questions about the mandatory set-aside, including how districts may determine how much funding to set aside for students in temporary housing situations.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides information and resources regarding the use of Title I and ARRA funds for early education. This page explains how LEAs can use Title I funds for early education, the benefits of using Title I funds for this purpose, gives models of districts that are doing so and provides other resources for districts to improve early education programs.
This August 2005 strategy brief from The Finance Project describes several funding streams included in the No Child Left Behind Act, other than the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, that can support extended learning opportunities. These funding streams include Title I (general Title I, School Improvement, and Supplemental Educational Services), Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC), Comprehensive School Reform (CSR), and Innovative Programs.
Laws and Guidance
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information in the attached documents 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. The new law impacts some of the information included here. Please continue to check nysteachs.org 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.
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 March 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued updated Non-Regulatory Guidance for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. This revised Non-Regulatory Guidance for the McKinney-Vento program replaces the July 2016 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.
August 2015U.S. Department of Education Letter to Title I State Coordinators and Homeless Education Coordinators
This letter from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students at the U.S. Department of Education to State Title I Coordinators and Homeless Education Coordinators includes information on the reauthorization of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015 which extends the use of Title I funds to provide services to homeless children and youth. It also clarifies how Title I may be used to serve students experiencing homelessness and support the work of homeless liaisons.
July 2014 State Title I Homeless Coordinator Letter from ED [PDF]
This July 22, 2014 letter from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about expanded uses of Title I, Part A funds for services for students in temporary housing. With passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Title I funds available in the 2014-2015 school year may now be used to cover the cost of the salary for the McKinney-Vento liaison even if that person has no Title I duties; and transporting students in temporary housing to and from their school of origin.
June 2014 Field Memo: Consolidated Appropriations Act and Expansion of Allowable Use of Title I Part A and Set-aside Funds for Students in Temporary Housing [PDF]
This June 30, 2014 guidance memo from the NY State Education Department is to inform local educational agencies (LEAs) of their new and expanded authority with regard to the use of Title I, Part A funds for services for students in temporary housing. With passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Title I funds available in the 2014-2015 school year may now be used to cover the cost of the salary for the McKinney-Vento liaison even if that person has no Title I duties; and transporting students in temporary housing to and from their school of origin. Title I funds may not, however, be used to pay for transportation expenses that are reimbursed by the State.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides funding to states to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. Sections 1112(b)(1)(0) & 1113 (c)(3)(A) of the ESEA specifically relate to students who are homeless, outlining the need for LEAs to provide a plan describing their services for homeless students and to reserve district funds for homeless students.
The Title I program protects students at risk of failing in school, including students experiencing homelessness. These regulations cover the changes to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which were enacted by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
This non-regulatory guidance for the McKinney-Vento Act clarifies LEA and SEA responsibilities, and provides answers to commonly asked questions about the Act. Please see Section M of the Guidance for answers to questions about Title I and McKinney-Vento.
Enrollment Form - Residency Questionnaire [Word doc]
All LEAs that receive Title I Funds must have students complete and submit a residency questionnaire or enrollment form, which asks about students' living arrangements, in order to identify students experiencing homelessness in the school district.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
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