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The McKinney-Vento Act is the federal law reauthorizing the Stewart B. McKinney Act that governs the education of children and youth in homeless situations. This act was signed into law in January 2002, and was effective July 1, 2002.
In response to the federal legislation, Texas has its own state laws that, in conjunction with the McKinney Act, preserve the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and govern their admission to and attendance in school.
This federal program is Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized in the No Child Left Behind Act, and deals with providing educational services to disadvantaged children in order to ensure that they will be able to meet high academic standards. Includes resources for the required LEA Homeless Education Plan.
The Texas State Plan was created in response to the requirements of Title X, Part C of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This plan outlines the implementation of the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program in Texas.
Resources include the guidance from the United States Department of Education (USDE) on enrollment, the Texas Education Agency legal services department annual attendance and enrollment letter to Local Educational Agency (LEA) Administrators, an extensive definition of homelessness, a summary of suggested changes to LEA policies to implement the new law, and the Policy Text Update 71 from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).