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1 The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act 2009 Liaison Spring Training Tennessee Department of Education April, 2009 Karen P Munn, Homeless Project Director – TDOE Christina Dukes, Program Specialist – NCHE 1

2 Topics for Discussion Tennessee Data & Stimulus Funds Identifying Students Immunization Report Title IA Set-Aside Local Liaison Responsibilities Updates 2

3 The Definition Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations Living in emergency or transitional shelters Abandoned in hospitals Awaiting foster care placement

4 The Definition (cont) Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings Migratory children living in the circumstances described above Unaccompanied youth living in the circumstances described above

5 The McKinney-Vento defines unaccompanied youth as a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian The youths living arrangement must meet the Acts definition of homeless to be eligible for M-V services There is no lower age limit for unaccompanied youth; the upper age limit (as with all McKinney-Vento eligible students) is your states upper age limit for public education; usually 21, sometimes older for special education A youth can be eligible regardless of whether he/she was asked to leave the home or chose to leave; remember that sometimes there is more than meets the eye for youths home life situations Unaccompanied Youth

6 Reporting and consent laws are generally state- specific Reporting Schools are mandatory reporters of suspected abuse Running away is not a status offense in TN; schools are not required to report runaways Unaccompanied Youth (cont)

7 Medical consent Emancipated/married minors can generally consent as an adult (check state details) Emergency medical care generally can be given without parental consent Non-emergency services Contraceptive care: Youth can consent Pregnancy-related care: Youth can consent Abortion: Youth can not consent (judicial bypass and an emergency exception) STD care: Youth can consent Substance abuse care: Youth can consent Mental health care: Youth age 16 or older with a serious emotional disturbance or mental illness can consent Unaccompanied Youth (cont)

8 CREP LEAs in Tennessee (including 4 special schools) 94 LEAs Reported 9,069 Students 47 LEAs Reported 0 Students 8 Latest Tennessee Data

9 9 Homeless Education and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Education for Homeless Children and Youth will receive a total of $70 million Tennessee will receive $1,011,156 The TN allocation averages approximately $ per student (identified in ) Funds will be distributed to LEAs by formula on a per pupil basis

10 10 McKinney-Vento ARRA Stimulus Funds McKinney-Vento stimulus funds for the Consolidated Application is based on the number of homeless students reported for CREP (Center for Research in Educational Policy) Report data for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of LEAs receive McKinney-Vento subgrants Additional ARRA funding will not affect current McKinney-Vento subgrants

11 McKinney-Vento ARRA Stimulus Funds (cont) Title IA Stimulus funds homeless set-aside 126 LEAs in TN without McKinney-Vento subgrants 11

12 12 Allowable Activities for ARRA Homeless Education Funds LEAs may use McKinney-Vento stimulus funds for the 16 activities authorized under the McKinney-Vento Act (same approved usages as regular subgrants) See pages at pdf pdf

13 13 Allowable Activities for ARRA Homeless Education Funds (cont) Examples of allowable activities Provision of tutoring and supplemental educational services Providing professional development for educators about homeless education issues Paying the excess cost of transportation to the school of origin Providing early childhood education services Providing services to attract, engage, and retain homeless students, including unaccompanied youth, in public school Paying costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records Providing emergency assistance to enable school attendance

14 Timeline for the McKinney-Vento Stimulus/ARRA funds All LEAs will have 27 months to expend the funds; July 1, 2009 – September 30, 2011 If funds are not expended by September 30, 2011, the LEA will be asked to release the funds 14

15 15 Responsibilities of Subgrantees 1.The project will be operated in compliance with Title X, Part C, of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1990, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and in accordance with the statutes, regulations, policies, and other administrative rules promulgated by and required of the Tennessee Department of Education. 2.The LEA will keep such records and provide such information to the SEA as may be required for fiscal audit and program evaluation. 3.The LEA will use funds received under the grant to supplement, not supplant, funds used before the award of the grant for purposes of providing services to homeless children and youth. 4.The LEA will use fiscal control and funds accounting procedures that will ensure proper disbursement of; and accounting for, federal funds paid to that agency under this program and will observe all applicable grant requirements.

16 16 Responsibilities of Subgrantees (cont) 5.The LEA will prepare and submit to the Tennessee Department of Education reports and data as might be required. 6.The LEA will designate a homeless liaison to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school; and homeless families, children, and youth receive educational services for which such families, children, and youth are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the local education agency, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services. 7.Each LEA shall adopt policies and practices to ensure that transportation is provided, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, at the request of the liaison), to and from the school of origin. 8.Each LEA shall review and revise any policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless children and youth in school.

17 17 Responsibilities of Subgrantees (cont) 9.Each LEA shall provide the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) with a description of policies and procedures consistent with section 722 (e) (3), and will ensure that activities will not isolate or stigmatize homeless children and youth. 10.Each LEA will coordinate with state and local housing agencies responsible for developing the comprehensive housing affordability strategy described in section lO~ of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to minimize educational disruption for children who become homeless. 11.The LEA will use these funds to come into compliance with paragraphs (3) through (7) of section 722(g) of the McKinney-Vento Act. 12.The LEA will comply with maintenance of effort requirements.

18 18 Identification and Enrollment Step 1 – Student Identification Ensure that school personnel know how to identify and refer students to the Homeless Education Liaison by using a referral flag on the Student Enrollment Form Step 2 – Gather Information Input data in the Student Management System (i.e. SASI, Oran, Chancery, STAR, etc. ) Student NameTOS – (Type of Service ex. Home School, Primary Service at one school, but registered at another school.) State IdGrade Level Date of BirthEnrollment/Withdrawal Date Ethnicity and GenderClassification – (Homeless, ELL, etc.) Step 3 – Disseminate Information Display postersCollaborate with CBO

19 19 Identification and Enrollment (cont) 1.Where does the student stay at night? [ ] in a shelter[ ] in another location that is not appropriate for people (e.g., an abandoned building) [ ] in a motel/hotel[ ] temporarily with more than one family in a house, mobile home, or apartment (because the family does not have a place of its own) [ ] in a car[ ] other (in an arrangement that is not fixed, regular, and adequate and is not described by the other choices) [ ] at a campsite[ ] None of these apply If you selected None of these apply, you do not need to answer Question 2; if you selected any other option, please answer Question 2. Update your student residency form

20 20 Identification and Enrollment (cont) 2.With whom does the student live? [ ] 1 parent[ ] a relative, friend(s), or other adult(s) [ ] 2 parents[ ] an adult that is not the parent or the legal guardian [ ] 1 parent and another adult[ ] alone with no adults Update your student residency form (cont)

21 Gathering Student Data Input data in the Student Management System (i.e. SASI, Oran, Chancery, STAR, etc.) Student NameTOS State IdGrade Level Date of BirthEnrollment/Withdrawal Date Ethnicity and GenderClassification 21

22 22 Order online at no cost or download from NCHE at ; available in English and Spanish

23 NCHE The National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE creates and distributes a number of valuable and informative resources dealing with the issue of the education of homeless children and youth. Products page: Information by topic: Online Forum: Best Practices and Model Programs: Disaster Planning and Response: 23

24 Immunization Report Tennessee Code Annotated – Section as amended April 12, 2007 requires the commissioner of education to report annually the number of homeless children who enrolled in public schools without immunization records. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 50 List each school name with the number of homeless children without immunization or proof of immunization who were enrolled during the school year. Time period – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009 Due: Monday, July 13,

25 Immunization Report 25

26 Title IA of the No Child Left Behind Act requires districts to set aside Title IA funds to be used to serve homeless students; these funds can be used: To support homeless students not attending a Title IA school To provide services to homeless students that are not ordinarily provided to other Title I students and that are not available from other sources, according to the need of the homeless student The Title IA Set-Aside

27 The Title IA Set-Aside (cont) Federal law does not give any set method for determining the set-aside; some suggested methods include: Project for next year based on this years numbers and any anticipated new needs or change in the homeless population Multiply the # of homeless students by the Title IA per pupil allocation Reserve a % of your Title IA funds based on your districts poverty level

28 The Title IA Set-Aside (cont) Neither Title I nor McKinney-Vento provides a specific list of approved usages of Title I set-aside funds, however the funds must be used to support the academic achievement of the child Title IA set-aside dollars can not be used to transport a homeless student to the school of origin due to supplanting restrictions

29 The Title IA Set-Aside: Permissible Usages of Funds o Tutoring (including in shelters, motels, and other places where homeless students live) o School uniforms (if not available from other sources) o Transportation to participate in afterschool activities o Health, nutrition, and other social services, if not available from any other source (including basic medical equipment, such as eyeglasses and/or hearing aids)

30 The Title IA Set-Aside: Non-Permissible Usages of Funds o Transportation to/from the school of origin o Rent o Utilities o Clothing for parents

31 o Is it already identified as a program component or need in the consolidated plan? o Is it an educationally-related need or support service? o Are there other district or community funding sources already set up to provide what is needed? o What is the cost in proportion to the overall program budget or per-pupil expenditure? o Is the expense critical to maintaining the students enrollment, attendance or success in school? The Title IA Set-Aside: Guiding Questions for Usages of Funds

32 Local Liaison Responsibilities Local liaisons must ensure to: Identify homeless children and youth (through coordination with school personnel and with other agencies Provide assistance with enrolling Advise on eligible services Inform parents or guardians of educational and related opportunities Ensure that disputes are resolved promptly Post public notice of educational rights

33 NAEHCY National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference Denver, Colorado November 14 – 17,

34 Access to Higher Education NCHE higher education webpage: New FAFSA provisions allow unaccompanied youth to apply for federal financial aid without a parental signature or consideration for parental income Opportunities for ACT and SAT fee waivers LeTendre Education Fund: scholarships for homeless or formerly homeless students 34

35 Questions or Comments? 35

36 TDOE Homeless Education webpage Karen P. Munn, Project Director Homeless Education & School Recognition P F Christina Dukes, Program Specialist National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE (NCHE) Toll-free helpline: (800) Additional Resources

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