Education Rights of Students Displaced
by Hurricane Harvey

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ISSN: 1538-320
September 8, 2017

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For children who have been traumatized by the loss of home, friends, and perhaps death or injury of family members, returning to school is not only important for education - it becomes an oasis of normalcy for them. - Mike O'Connor, Attorney.

Houston, TX Wrightslaw Training Conference is still scheduled for September 15, 2017.

Students in homeless situations must have access to the educational and other services they need to ensure that they have an opportunity to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find a Fact Sheet on the education rights of children displaced by Hurricane Harvey by Attorney Michael A. O'Connor. Learn what rights the McKinney-Vento Act provides for homeless children.

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Unique Challenges in Texas: Education Rights of Homeless Children

As families leave devastated areas, some will disperse to homes of friends and relatives across the country. Others may become unsheltered, or be placed in temporary housing at hotels, motels, or military bases by FEMA.

Children with disabilities who are homeless were expressly recognized in the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in P.L. 108-446. IDEA incorporates the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless children. 20 U.S.C. § 1402(11); 34 C.F.R. § 300.19.

This Program is On! Houston, TX
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training


The program will be modified to include in-depth information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act!


Wrightslaw Training Conference in Houston, Texas is still scheduled for September 15, 2017.

New location:

Houston Community College
West Loop Campus
5601 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77081


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act creates, for eligible children and youth:

  • Right to immediate enrollment even when records are not present
  • Right to remain in the school of origin, based on a child-centered, best interest determination
  • Right to receive transportation to and from the school of origin


Educating Homeless Children: Information & Resources

Comparable Services - 42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(4). Each homeless child or youth to be assisted under this part shall be provided services comparable to services offered to other students in the school selected to attend. And any barrier to full participation in these services must be eliminated.


Ensuring the Rights of Highly Mobile and Homeless Children

Highly mobile children are those who experience frequent family moves into new school districts - including children who are homeless.

OSEP Letter addresses concerns under IDEA about the unique education needs of highly mobile children with disabilities.

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