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Guidance: Homeless Education Policies

2013-14 Homeless Education Policies, Requirements and Implementation.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Section 722(g)(1)(J)(ii)

Local educational agencies will designate an appropriate staff person, who may also be a coordinator for other Federal programs, as a local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths, to carry out the duties described in paragraph (6)(A).

ESEA Section 1113(c)(3)(A)

A local educational agency shall reserve such funds as necessary under this part to provide services comparable to those provided to children in schools funded under this part to serve–

  • homeless children who do not attend participating schools, including providing educationally related support to children in shelters and other locations where homeless children may live.
Homeless Education Policy—ESEA Sections 722(g)(1)(I), 722(g)(1)(J)(i), 722(g)(1)(C), 722(g)(3)(E), and 722(g)(1)(J)(iii)

Each State shall submit to the Secretary a plan to provide for the education of homeless children and youths in the State. Such plan shall include the following:

  • A demonstration that the State educational agency and local educational agencies in the State have developed, and shall review and revise, policies to remove barriers to the enrollment and retention of homeless children and youths in schools of the State.
Non Stigmatized or Segregated—ESEA Section 722(g)(1)(J)(i)

The State educational agency and local educational agencies in the State will adopt policies and practices to ensure that homeless children and youths are not stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless.

Dispute Resolution Process—ESEA Sections 722(g)(1)(C) and 722(g)(3)(E)

Section 722(g)(1)(C): Each State shall submit to the Secretary a plan to provide for the education of homeless children and youths in the State. Such plan shall include the following:

  1. A description of procedures for the prompt resolution of disputes regarding the educational placement of homeless children and youths.

Section 722(g)(3)(E): ENROLLMENT DISPUTES—If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school—

  • The child or youth shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute;
  • The parent or guardian of the child or youth shall be provided with a written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment, including the rights of the parent, guardian, or youth to appeal the decision;
  • The child, youth, parent, or guardian shall be referred to the local educational agency liaison designated under paragraph (1)(J)(ii), who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as described in paragraph (1)(C) as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute; and
  • In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute.
Transportation—ESEA Section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii)
The State and its local educational agencies will adopt policies and practices to ensure that transportation is provided, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison), to and from the school of origin.
ESEA Section 722(g)(6)(A)(v)
Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens.

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