of the ESEA-No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Repeals, Redesignations, and Amendments to Other Statutes
- Part A -- Repeals
- Part B -- Redesignations
- Part C -- Homeless Education
- Part D -- Native American Education Improvement
- Part E -- Higher Education Act of 1965
- Part F -- General Education Provisions Act
- Part G -- Miscellaneous Other Statutes
- The most significant for K-12 public educators is Part C which reauthorizes the Homeless Assistance Act.
Part C -- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001
Sec. 1032. Education for Homeless Children and Youths.
Subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is amended to read as follows: ''Subtitle B -- Education for Homeless Children and Youths" (EHCY) The act sets out educational rights and responsibilities to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. Each state and local educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, provided to other children and youth. Further, homeless children and youth shall have access to the education and other services needed to ensure that they have an opportunity to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. The new act requires DPI to provide leadership and assistance to all school districts in the state as they meet the requirements above. Further, there is a competitive grant program for districts with high need and high quality programs for homeless children and youth.
Every school district must designate a local homeless liaison. This person will ensure homeless students and their families are identified, enrolled, and receive required educational and community social services, including preschool program services, and insure that parents are allowed to participate in the education of their children. Every school must follow best interest provisions by keeping the child in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness except when contrary to the parents/guardians wishes, to provide transportation, to remove barriers to enrollment and to resolve disputes. Every school district must coordinate programs and services for homeless children and youth across all ESEA programs, especially Title I. Each district receiving Title I funds is to reserve some funds for serving homeless children and youth.
Program contact (ED):
National Center for Homeless Education https://nche.ed.gov/