ERIC Number: ED352205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Rights of Homeless Students.
This booklet presents information concerning homelessness and the education of homeless children nationwide and in Illinois. Estimates of the number of homeless children vary widely. Reasons for homeless children's failure to attend school include school residency requirements, delays in transfer of documents, and lack of transportation. The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, passed by the United States Congress in 1987, was based on the premises that homeless children must be afforded the right to education and that states must revise school residency laws that prevent homeless children from attending school. A series of questions and answers addresses characteristics of homeless individuals, the process of determining the school district in which a homeless child may attend school, the situation of children who live apart from their parents, the availability of special services to homeless children, delays in obtaining school records, and documentation of children's immunizations. The education provisions of the McKinney Act are described, and the procedures for filing grievances and appeals of rulings are explained. Organizations in Washington, D.C. and Illinois that serve the needs of homeless people are listed. (BC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Attendance, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Grievance Procedures, Homeless People, Public Education, Residence Requirements, School Districts, Secondary School Students, Special Education, Student Records
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987