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Supporting Charter School Students Experiencing Homelessness

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January 22, 2020


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Supporting Charter School Students Experiencing Homelessness

Editor’s Note: This resource was published by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on December 4, 2019. It was created in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection, a nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education.

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How Charter Schools Can Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

Education is a critical tool to address the needs of students experiencing homelessness. For these students, school can be a vital source of stability. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides rights and services for students experiencing homelessness. It applies to all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools, including public charter schools.

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This toolkit was developed in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection and is intended as a charter school-focused resource that explains the basic legal requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, while highlighting a few examples of best practices from the charter school community. The toolkit includes three main components for practitioners: (1) Introduction to Student Homelessness, (2) Enrolling Students Experiencing Homelessness, and (3) Supporting Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness.


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