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Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act. 21st Annual NAEHCY Conference, 2009 Estella Garza, San Antonio TX Homeless Liaison Patricia Julianelle, NAEHCY Legal Counsel (Based on materials from NYS-TEACHS). Our Agenda Today.
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21st Annual NAEHCY Conference, 2009
Estella Garza, San Antonio TX Homeless Liaison
Patricia Julianelle, NAEHCY Legal Counsel
(Based on materials from NYS-TEACHS)
Dad and Calvin have been doubled-up with grandma for a year and a half, since Dad and Mom split up. Dad has not tried to look for housing, because he believes he and Mom will get back together.
Over the summer, Dan’s mother sought an inter-district transfer for Dan, age 15, to attend your district. The transfer was denied. In August, Dan left his mother’s home in a neighboring school district. He is staying with his friend’s family and states that he plans to stay there all year.
Amanda, age 16, has arrived in your school district to live with her grandfather. Grandfather does not have custody of Amanda and does not intend to seek legal guardianship or custody.
To complicate matters, Amanda’s father just called you to demand you not enroll Amanda in school. He wants her to come home. He says Amanda ran away and Grandfather is actually an older male boyfriend. Amanda says her father kicked her out.
Felisha, a 19 year old special education student, has enrolled in school. In the beginning of the school year, she and her dad lived with her grandmother. Felisha and dad do not get along. After about a month, Felisha left the home on her own, because the house was too crowded. She now lives with a friend and is sharing the costs of an apartment. She works part time. Is Felisha homeless?
The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations: www.naehcy.org/faq.html
“…Through it all, school is probably the only thing that has kept me going. I know that every day that I walk in those doors, I can stop thinking about my problems for the next six hours and concentrate on what is most important to me. Without the support of my school system, I would not be as well off as I am today. School keeps me motivated to move on, and encourages me to find a better life for myself.”
Carrie, LeTendre Scholar, 2002