ERIC Number: ED329603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Position Document on the Re-Authorization of Subtitle VII-B of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.
National Association of State Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Austin, TX.
This report recommends that reauthorization of Subtitle VII-B of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (1987) should include funding for direct services and asks the Federal Government to assume a leadership role in not only counting homeless children but also in ensuring that they receive a free and appropriate public education. Subtitle VII-B of the Act required states to provide homeless children with equal access to education, but federal funds amounting to less than 10 dollars per homeless child in America were made available to states for compliance. Although the Act ensures that homeless children will not be denied access to education because of residency issues, the following barriers to enrollment must be confronted: (1) interagency coordination; (2) immunization requirements; (3) birth certificate requirements; (4) school record requirements; (5) guardianship issues; (6) transportation problems; and (7) risk of domestic violence. Once a homeless child has been enrolled in school, the following issues must be addressed to assure educational success: (1) evaluation for special services; (2) tutoring/remedial education services; (3) continuity in educational programs; (4) preschool services; (5) counseling and psychological services; (6) medical, dental, and other health services; (7) school clothes/supplies; (8) parental training and education; (9) case management services; and (10) educator training. The need for amending the Act is explained in a concluding section on recommendations, and recommended changes in the language of the Act are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987