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  • Homeless Education Program
    The Law - General Information
    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is the federal law that governs the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations.  The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  In an effort to strengthen accountability at both the state and local level, the reauthorization includes the requirement for every school district in the country to designate a homeless liaison.  Homeless children have the right to a free, appropriate public education.
    If you or your child:
    • live in a shelter
    • share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing
    • live in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other inadequate shelter
    • do not have a permanent address and/or permanent housing
    • live on the street
    • if you are an unaccompanied youth


    You may have the right to:

    For additional information on the educational rights of homeless children and youth, you may visit these recommended sites:

    National Center for Homeless Education at Serve
    P.O.Box 5367
    Greensboro, NC  27435
    Phone:  800-755-3277
    National Coalition for the Homeless
    22901 P Street NW
    Washington, DC  20037
    Phone:  202-462-4822
    Fax:  202-462-4823
    National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
    918 F Street NW, #412
    Washington, DC  20004
    Phone:  202-638-2523
    Fax:  202-628-2737
    National Alliance to End Homelessness
    1518 K. Street NW, #206
    Washington, DC  20005
    Phone:  202-638-1526

    The homeless liaison is charged with enforcing state and federal protections for homeless students and may be contacted with issues regarding enrolling or maintaining attendance for students experiencing homelessness.

    The liaison is responsible for:
    • identification of homeless children and youth (by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies);
    • facilitate enrollment and participation to obtain equal opportunity and success in school;
    • ensure that educational services for which such families are eligible (including Head Start).  The parents and guardians of homeless children and youth get informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
    • outreach - public notices of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated;
    • enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance;
    • assist the unaccompanied youth with enrollment, obtaining records, and information regarding their rights under the law.
    Kim Pluhar    
    Homeless Education Liaison
    Forsyth County Schools
    1140 Dahlonega Hwy
    Cumming, GA  30040
    Phone:  770-887-2461, ext. 205511