(2016, July) | Useful to Parent Centers in understanding how the provisions of ESSA and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act affect homeless students. 

From the U.S. Department of Education, this non-regulatory guidance is issued to states and school districts on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting homeless youth. The new provisions address the needs of homeless individuals, and ensure educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. The guidance is meant to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law in order to better protect and serve homeless students and help schools in providing these students with much needed stability, safety, and support. The guidance was informed by the input of a diverse group of stakeholders to best address the needs of homeless youth..

The guidance is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements. The Department is issuing this guidance to provide States and LEAs with information to assist them in meeting their obligations under the McKinney-Vento Act and under ESSA. The guidance is accompanied by a fact sheet called Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths: A Fact Sheet and Tips.

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