SchoolHouse Connection is thrilled to partner with the American Bar Association on the 5th edition of “Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates and Policymakers.”

If your school district needs a W-9 form or other information in order to purchase the book, please call the ABA’s service center (800) 285-2221 and they’ll be able to email it to you.

This revised edition addresses the federal educational mandates related to homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Title I Part A, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is updated to reflect recent changes in federal law and regulations, including ESSA, Head Start Program Performance Standards, Child Care and Development Fund regulation, and the Higher Education Act.

The manual provides innovative strategies for educators and school administrators, state coordinators and policymakers, and advocates and attorneys to play a role in ensuring the education rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It addresses redetermining homeless status, best practices for serving students displaced by natural disasters, early childhood education, relevant federal guidance, and case summaries. It also includes a section on foster care. This fifth edition now contains strategies to assist communities to exceed compliance and move toward greater commitment, including information on collaborating with community agencies, as well as a directory of resources for educators, advocates, and policymakers.

Drafted by leading experts on the education rights of homeless children and youth, including Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection Executive Director, and Patricia Julianelle, Director of Programs Advancement and Legal Affairs, this best-selling ABA book is the most comprehensive resource on the education of students experiencing homelessness available. Readers have praised the book for its brief yet comprehensive and easy-to-understand format, commenting on its similarity to a how-to handbook. Many State Departments of Education (as well as school districts) have purchased it in bulk and distributed copies to liaisons, as well as to each school district and school administrator.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will provide direct support to young people experiencing homelessness through SchoolHouse Connection’s Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program. SchoolHouse Connection is grateful for the ABA’s generous commitment to these young leaders.

Table of Contents

Chapter I
Issues of Homelessness and Education: Causes and Consequences

Chapter II
Who is Eligible for Protections and Services under the McKinney-Vento Act?

  • Issues of Definitions

Chapter III
Who Has Primary Responsibility for Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act?

  • Office of the State Coordinator and State Educational Agency  
  • Local Educational Agency Liaisons

Chapter IV
School Responsibilities and Implementation Strategies

  • Identification and Outreach to Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
  • Redetermining Homelessness
  • Stability and School Selection
  • Transportation
  • Enrollment
  • Discrimination and Segregation
  • Resolution of Disputes
  • Collaboration with Community Agencies
  • Providing Education to Students Displaced by Natural Disasters

Chapter V
Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Creating Access to Early Childhood Education Opportunities through Federal Laws

  • The McKinney-Vento Act
  • The Child Care and Development Block Grant
  • The Head Start Act
  • IDEA: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Chapter VI

Chapter VII
Students Involved in the Child Welfare System (Foster Care)

  • Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Chapter VIII
Students with Disabilities in Homeless Situations

  • Requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Chapter IX
Supporting Academic Achievement: Title I, Part A Requirements

Chapter X
From Homelessness to Higher Education

  • Financial Aid
  • College Access and Support Programs

Chapter XI
Learning from Litigation Supremacy of the McKinney-Vento Act

  • Private Enforcement of McKinney-Vento
  • Right to Attend School during Pendency of Appeal
  • Removing Barriers to Education
  • Residency Issues
  • No Time Limit on Homelessness
  • Rights of Students Displaced by Disasters
  • Cause of Homelessness is Irrelevant

Chapter XII
You Are Not Alone: Resources for Understanding and Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act

Our work on this book is part of Education Leads Home, a national campaign to improve education and life outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. We are grateful to Deutsche Bank, Raikes Foundation, and Youth Hope Foundation for supporting this campaign.

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