- Summary of the major amendments on homelessness and foster care in the Every Student Succeeds Act, with updated effective dates
- Summary, with the statutory language, on homelessness and foster care in the Every Student Succeeds Act, with updated effective dates
- ESSA Implementation Timeline, providing the most detailed information currently available regarding the effective dates of the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I, Part A amendments
- The McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 – This is the full Act, including amendments, as published on July 27, 2016.
- Final US Department of Education Rules on ESSA
- Clean copy of the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by ESSA
- Redline (strike-through) of the McKinney-Vento Act amendments in ESSA
- Redline (strike-through) of the Title I Part A amendments on homelessness and on foster care in ESSA, with updated effective date
- Full Text of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Homelessness
On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released a new package of materials on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. While the Department’s guidance is non-binding, it does provide important tips for implementation, as well as the Department’s interpretation of provisions in the new law. The guidance package includes:
- Non-regulatory guidance to help school districts and States implement amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Notice of rights and protections for homeless children and youths under the McKinney Vento-Act to all Federal agencies and their local grant recipients that serve homeless children and youth
- A fact sheet for school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve.
- A press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, from early childhood through post-secondary education
In addition, ESSA requires the Department to:
- Issue guidelines concerning how a State may assist LEAs to implement the amendments and may revise state policies and procedures to remove barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in school. The Department published the guidelines in the Federal Register on March 17, 2016.
- Provide support and technical assistance to SEAs concerning areas in which documented barriers to a free appropriate public education persist.
U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidance on Foster Care
ED and HHS issued Non-Regulatory Guidance on the educational stability of children in foster care on June 23, 2016. This guidance is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements. Watch a recording of NAEHCY’s webinar on the foster care guidance and/or view the powerpoint presentation.