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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act Liaison
Marietta City Schools
 
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act requires districts to ensure homeless students have access to education and other services they need to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students. All local school districts have a designated Homeless Liaison. The Homeless Liaisons works to ensure that: 
  • Homeless children and youth are identified
  • Homeless students enroll in, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school 
  • Homeless families, children, and youth receive educational services
Dottie Anderson, Diversion Specialist, serves as a representative for the Marietta City Schools’ homeless liaison to ensure that homeless students in this area have access to the same education and other services they need to meet the high academic achievement standards as all students within the Marietta City School District.
 
Upon reauthorization in 2001, the McKinney Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program was incorporated as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act in the No Child Left Behind Act, signed by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. For additional information about this Act visit the sites listed in the chart below.
 
 
 
LINKS: MCKINNEY-VENTO/NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND WEBSITES
National Center for Homeless
Education at SERVE
http://www.serve.org/nche
U.S. Department of Education
No Child Left Behind Desktop Reference
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/nclbreference/index.html
McKinney-Vento Background
Information as of March 2003
http://homelessed.net/legislat/finalguidance.pdf
U.S. Department of Education - Resources
http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml
National Association for the Education
of Homeless Children and Youth
http://www.naehcy.org
  

Definition of Homeless
The federal government's legal definition of homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is anyone who...
 
  • Lacks a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence (sub standard housing).
  • Is sharing housing due to economic struggles (double-up).
  • Is living in a shelter, hotel or motel.
  • Is living in a public place not designed for sleeping (cars, parks).
  • Is an unaccompanied youth.
  • Is a child or youth awaiting foster care placement.
  • Is a child or youth abandoned in a hospital.
  • Is a migrant child who qualifies under any of the above.