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Twenty Years of Federal Homeless Education Law

Where We Stand on Enforcement

By Joy Moses

The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act addresses the needs of homeless children and youth seeking a public school education. Students and their families may enforce their rights through state administrative procedures. Leading cases Lampkin v. District of Columbia and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty v. New York also support the students’ right to enforce the McKinney-Vento Act under Section 1983 and under the Constitution.

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