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Homeless Education Advocacy Manual - 2017 Disaster Edition
Pre-K through 12 students who have been displaced by disaster have the right to attend school under federal law. With pro bono support from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLC, the Law Center has released a new report to provide guidance to students and families navigating the school system after being displaced by disaster. 

Hurricane Irma Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides information about educations rights and access for Florida PreK-12 students displaced by Hurricane Irma. 

Hurricane Harvey Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides information about educations rights and access for Texas PreK-12 students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

No Barriers
A Legal Advocate's Guide to Ensuring Compliance with the Education Program of the McKinney-Vento Act

This manual is designed to provide legal advocates with an understanding of the relevant provisions of McKinney-Vento, and the legal tools needed to effectively assist homeless children and youth in accessing school, including challenges ahead, compliance resources, and lessons learned from litigation. Furthermore, the manual identifies other federal laws and state laws that offer legal protections to homeless children and youth.

Homeless Students Count
How States and School Districts Can Comply with the New McKinney-Vento Education Law Post-ESSA

Too many states were struggling to make schools accessible to students experiencing homelessness, even before heightened legal requirements went into effect this fall. This report, based on a national survey of current state laws, flags common areas where states need to take aggressive action to come into full compliance with federal law, including the amendments to the federal McKinneyVento Homeless Assistance Act that went into effect on October 1, 2016.

Education of Homeless Children and Youth
A Guide to Their Rights

Homeless children and youth sometimes need help enrolling and participating in school. Various individuals can, and should, step forward to provide assistance. Parents, relatives, family friends, school and school district personnel, shelter providers, youth program workers, social workers, advocates, and the students themselves can all play a role in helping young people get an education. If you are such a person, this booklet will get you started.

McKinney-Vento FAQs
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations. The answers are general responses based on federal statutes, regulations, and guidance; relevant case law; and best practices from across the country.

McKinney-Vento School Legal Checklist
A school legal checklist for compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act, for the education of homeless children and youth.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Procedures
These step-by-step guides, available for 49 states and the District of Columbia, outline procedures for dispute resolution and appeal for children and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Education Advocacy Manual - 2013 Disaster Edition
For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services.
Alone Without A Home
A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
Each year, an estimated 1.6 million children and youth (ages 12-17) experience homelessness without a parent or guardian. unaccompanied homeless youth face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet the basic necessities of life on their own and prevent them from reaching out for assistance to state agencies and service providers that could otherwise help them. This report reviews the state of current law in 12 key issue areas that affect the lives and future prospects of unaccompanied homeless youth in all 50 U.S. states and 6 territories.

Beds and Buses
How Affordable Housing Can Help Reduce School Transportation Costs

While transportation must continue as an essential service for homeless students, a better option for the students, and more cost-effective resolution for the community, is preventing homelessness from forcing the family or youth out of the district in the first place. This paper proposes schools and communities work together to create more affordable housing to supplement exclusive reliance on McKinney-Vento transportation policies. When possible, housing a student and their family in their district of origin is a more efficient and more effective alternative to transporting students back to that district.

Project LEARN Flyer
This flyer is a brief know-your-rights sheet, helpful for informing parents of the rights of children experiencing homelessness. It includes space for schools to add the contact information for their district's homeless liaison.