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Educational Stability for Students Without Homes

Realizing the Promise of McKinney-Vento

By Sally Dworak-Fisher

Homelessness frequently undermines children’s ability to succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, with its broad definition of homelessness, seeks to ensure educational stability for children who are homeless—in particular by recognizing their right to remain in their “school of origin.” Many school districts, however, ignore the Act. Multifaceted advocacy to enforce it in several school districts in Maryland has met with considerable success.

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