The McKinney-Vento Act addresses educational barriers and challenges created by homelessness by guaranteeing students experiencing homelessness the right to enroll in and attend school, and providing supports needed for school success. The law places the responsibility for ensuring the rights of homeless students on states and school districts. McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:
• receive a free, appropriate public education;
• enroll in school immediately, even if lacking Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues 4 documents normally required for enrollment, or having missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness;
• enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents;
• continue attending the school of origin1, or enroll in the local attendance area school if attending the school of origin is not in the best interest of the student or is contrary to the request of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth2;
• receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent or guardian, or by the local liaison on behalf of an unaccompanied youth; and
• receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to each student’s need.