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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

March 21, 2023
Tuesday

Under federal and state law, children and youth experiencing homelessness have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (federal law) provides assistance to states to help them ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This program helps State Educational Agencies (SEAs) ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to FAPE, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth. 

Consistent with the McKinney-Vento Act, children experiencing homelessness are to be provided services comparable to those received by other students in the school they attend, including transportation services, and education programs for which such students are otherwise eligible, such as services provided under McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 or similar state or local programs and programs for students with disabilities. 

State law also addresses the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights concerning school admission and preschool for homeless students. 


For additional information or resources, please contact the ESC-2 McKinney-Vento Liaisons:

 

Valarie Buhidar

valarie.buhidar@esc2.us

(361) 561-8612

Yvonnne Benavides

yvonne.benavides@esc2.us

(361) 561-8674

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


All Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to designate an appropriate staff member as their local McKinney-Vento liaison.  The liaison assists with ensuring that children in homeless situations are identified as homeless, are enrolled in school, and are receiving the educational services for which they are eligible. 

Region 2 District Homeless Liasons:

DISTRICT CONTACT EMAIL
AGUA DULCE ISD MRS EUGENIA VALLES gvalles@adisd.net
ALICE ISD DR ALMA GARCIA dralma.garcia@aliceisd.net
ARANSAS COUNTY ISD MRS ALICIA LUTTMAN aluttman@acisd.org
ARANSAS PASS ISD MARIA MORALES mmorales@apisd.org
BANQUETE ISD MS LESLIE DAVIS ldavis@banqueteisd.net
BEEVILLE ISD MARTINA VILLARREAL mvillarreal1@beevilleisd.net
BEN BOLT-PALITO BLANCO ISD DR MARCELA BAEZ mbaez@bbpbschools.net
BENAVIDES ISD DR MARISA CHAPA mchapa@benavidesisd.net
BISHOP CISD DR EDEN HERNANDEZ ehernandez@bishopcisd.net
CALALLEN ISD SONYA DURRWACHTER sdurrwachter@calallen.org
CORPUS CHRISTI ISD MRS SUSANA MAJORS susana.majors@ccisd.us
CORPUS CHRISTI MONTESSORI SCHOOL MS CERISE WEEKS cerise@cc-montessori.org
DR M L GARZA-GONZALEZ CHARTER SCHOOL ANITA HINOJOSA anita.hinojosa@gcclr.org
DRISCOLL ISD MS JENNIFER KILLION jkillion@driscollisd.us
FLOUR BLUFF ISD DR LINDA BARGANSKI lbarganski@flourbluffschools.net
FREER ISD MR CONRAD CANTU ccantu@freerisd.net
GEORGE WEST ISD SANDRA MUSQUEZ smusquez@gwisd.us
GREGORY-PORTLAND ISD MARTHA ROSE MROSE@g-pisd.org
INGLESIDE ISD KAREN MIRCOVICH karen.mircovich@inglesideisd.org
KENEDY COUNTY WIDE CSD KRISTIN TINSLEY ktinsley@saritaschool.net
KINGSVILLE ISD DR JUAN SANDOVAL jsandoval@kingsvilleisd.com
LA GLORIA ISD MR DAVID BRASWELL dbraswell@lagloriaisd.esc2.net
LONDON ISD NICOLE RODRIGUEZ nrodriguez@londonisd.net
MATHIS ISD MR ERNESTO DELUNA edeluna@mathisisd.org
MCMULLEN COUNTY ISD JOEL TRUDEAU jtrudeau@mcisd.us
ODEM-EDROY ISD MRS JANA KIESCHNICK kieschnickj@oeisd.org
ORANGE GROVE ISD MRS DANA SCOTT dscott@ogisd.net
PAWNEE ISD MRS JOYCE HOMEYER jhomeyer@pawneeisd.net
PETTUS ISD JOANN GUTIERREZ jgutierrez@pettusisd.com
PORT ARANSAS ISD MRS KATHRYN P PATTESON patteson@paisd.net
PREMONT ISD LILLY RODRIGUEZ lrodriguez@premontisd.net
RAMIREZ CSD GLORIA HAMILL ghamill@ramirezcsd.net
RICARDO ISD MS MONIKA GARZA monikagarza@ricardoisd.us
RIVIERA ISD DR CARMEN BAHN-KRAATZ cbahnkraatz@rivieraisd.us
ROBSTOWN ISD NATALINE HALL nataline.hall@robstownisd.net
SAN DIEGO ISD MRS SARAH MCCASLAND smccasland@sdisd.us
SANTA GERTRUDIS ISD FATIMA GARCIA fgarcia@sgisd.net
SEASHORE CHARTER SCHOOLS CHRISTOPHER DANIELS christopher.daniels@seashorecharterschools.com
SINTON ISD MRS GINA GUAJARDO gguajardo@sintonisd.net
SKIDMORE-TYNAN ISD OPHELIA DE LOS SANTOS OPHELIA.DELOSSANTOS@STBOBCATS.NET
ST MARY'S ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL MR MERLE SIMONSON ssimonson@smacs.net
TAFT ISD KATY BALLESTEROS katy.ballesteros@taftisd.net
THREE RIVERS ISD MS AUDRA HUFF ahuff@trisd.org
TULOSO-MIDWAY ISD MS MELODIE MCCLARREN mmcclarren@tmisd.us
WEST OSO ISD KIMBERLY MOORE Kimberly.Moore@westosoisd.net

If you'd like to reach out directly to the TEHCY Program and Technical Support Center, you can call: 1-800-446-3142 or fill out the TEHCY contact request form.



MCKINNEY-VENTO RESOURCES


Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program


Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Resources


Texas Education Agency - Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program


McKinney-Vento Posters

LEAs should collaborate with their school staff and community partners (e.g. food pantries, faith-based organizations, local housing authorities, shelters, etc.) to share printed copies of this poster.  


Homeless Student School Determination

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas, a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin, or attendance zone campus. 

School Selection Provisions from the McKinney-Vento Act and the Texas Education Code

Checklist for McKinney-Vento School Selection Considerations: School of Origin or Local Attendance Zone


Dispute Resolution

Disagreements over school enrollment and best interest determinations must be resolved through the dispute resolution process. While in the dispute resolution process, the child is entitled to attend the campus in question until the matter is resolved.


Transportation

Students experiencing homelessness have the right to transportation to their school of origin. This provision applies even if a student moves outside of the school of origins’ attendance zone or district boundaries. School of origin transportation must continue for the duration of the child’s homelessness or until the end of the school year in which a child becomes permanently housed.


Title I Services

Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services. These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success. 


Community Resources

Please click here for community resources

Texas Network of Youth Services Provider Directory

 

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