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The McKinney-Vento Act

Stable Schooling Despite Unstable Housing

By Patricia F. Julianelle

The reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act guarantees meaningful opportunities for academic success to children and youth in unstable housing. The Act requires schools to eliminate the practical barriers that prevent a student's access to school, gives students the right to remain in one school despite their residential mobility, and guarantees access to all appropriate educational opportunities and services. Using outreach and education, contact with state and school district officials, administrative forums, and, if need be, litigation, advocates can achieve systemic reform and compliance for individual clients.

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