Answer: No it does not. The McKinney-Vento Act requires LEAs to provide transportation to the school of origin at the request of a parent or guardian or, for unaccompanied youth, at the McKinney-Vento liaison’s request. 42 USC 11432(g)(1)(J)(iii).

Transportation services must rest on the individualized and student-centered best interest determinations, not on blanket mileage limits. 42 USC 11432(g)(3)(A). Applying local policies that establish blanket limits on transportation to students experiencing homelessness would violate the McKinney-Vento Act. The federal law supersedes any contrary state or local policies.

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