Today is the Day! The McKinney-Vento Act Amendments Go Into Effect
Today – Saturday, October 1, 2016 – all but one of the amendments to subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) go into effect. The sole exception is the deletion of “awaiting foster care placement,” which is removed in most states on December 10, 2016.
We did not want to let this day slip by without a short note to mark the momentous occasion.
In the words of NAEHCY Scholar Caitlin Cheney, "Education is the strongest secret weapon anyone can have, because it is driven by your own will to succeed. People respect you more if you hold yourself with the dignity of independent thought, if you are willing to offer society everything you can no matter how or where you grew up.”
We thank the youth, families, liaisons, state coordinators, service providers and advocates who have partnered with us on the journey leading to this day.
We know there will be bumps in the road, but, starting next week, we have new tools at our disposal to help children and youth experiencing homelessness receive the education they need for brighter futures.
Please share your struggles and your victories, and please let us know how we can continue to assist you.