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ERIC Number: ED504916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Education Rights of Homeless Students: A Guide for Advocates
Education Law Center
There is no question that students who are homeless, like all students, are entitled to be educated. A federal law, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, requires states to provide homeless children and youth with the same access to free public education as is available to other students. The Act also requires states to eliminate barriers to the enrollment, attendance or success in school of homeless students, to avoid the segregation of homeless students from the mainstream school environment and to provide access to the education and services needed to ensure that homeless students have an opportunity to meet the same challenging academic achievement standards to which all students are held. Parents and school administrators will sometimes disagree over whether a student is in fact homeless or, more frequently, where the student should be educated while homeless. As part of its obligation under the McKinney Act to ensure the education of homeless children and youth, the state of New Jersey has developed a series of procedures that are used to determine which school district should educate and transport a homeless student, and which school district should pay for the student's education and transportation. The purpose of these procedures is to ensure speedy enrollment and continuity of education, for students who are homeless. This pamphlet is designed to help parents, guardians and caregivers understand the legal concepts and procedures involved in disputes over the enrollment of homeless students in local public schools, and to inform them of their legal rights. A directory of County Superintendents, and County Offices of Education is appended. (Contains 47 endnotes.) [This manual was written by the attorneys at Education Law Center and was revised and updated by Elizabeth Athos. This publication was sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Law Center
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey