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ERIC Number: EJ1178445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Homeless: Graduate Students' and Principals' Reactions to the "McKinney-Vento Act"
Waggoner, Charles R.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v34 May 2018
School administrators face many decisions that require a degree of legal knowledge. The "McKinney-Vento Act" requires schools to enroll students that are experiencing homelessness immediately, even if the student is unable to provide any documentation that is typically required by states and school districts before students can be properly enrolled. The law includes even students that can produce no records of immunization or any other medical records. The immediate enrollment includes all students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Immediate enrollment means that the students must begin attending classes and participating in school activities, if not that very day, then certainly the next. Based on the responses of a sampling of twenty New Mexico administrators and twenty currently enrolled graduate students that are aspiring administrators, it is apparent that the "McKinney-Vento Act" is not well understood.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Access to Education, Educational Legislation, Enrollment, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Administrators, Administrator Education, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Principals, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987
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