Answer: Yes, there are lottery exemptions for students experiencing homelessness.  There is information on this on pages 7-8 of our charter schools toolkit.  The McKinney-Vento Act requires LEAs to remove barriers and provide immediate enrollment even if the student “has missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness.”  42 USC §11432(g)(3)(C)(i)(II). As long as there is space, the student should be enrolled right away. The student’s age is not a factor, as long as he is eligible for public school.

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