McKinney-Vento (Title X) . . . at a Glance What You Need to Know
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! • 1. What is “McKinney-Vento” anyway? a. A federal act reauthorized by NCLB under Title X. b. A law protecting the educational rights of students regardless of their living situations. c. Harder to remember and pronounce than the term “Title X.” d. All of thee above. • 2. How many U.S. citizens are one paycheck away from being unable to pay their rent or mortgage? a. One in ten b. One in five c. Three in five • 3. By law, schools CAN’T use Title I dollars to pay for a. Clothing for school b. One month’s rent c. Dental and medical needs d. Graduation gowns
How did you do? • 1. What is “McKinney-Vento” anyway? d. All of the above. • 2. How many US citizens are one paycheck away from being unable to pay their rent or mortgage? c. Three in five (60%) • 3. By law, schools CAN’T use Title I Part A dollars to pay for: b. Rent. Schools may also NOT use funding for utilities, but can pay for clothing, medical needs, and transportation under the right circumstances.
Local Statistics • In 2009, Lane County’s Homeless Count showed a 27% jump from 2008. • In 2009, Lane County saw an 8% increase in demand from area food pantries.
Is “homeless” the right word?How McKinney-Vento defines it: • Students lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence • Students in hotels, trailers, or campsites due to lack of alternative accommodations • Students sharing housing or “doubled-up” for economic reasons • Students living in substandard housing (lack of weather-proofing, plumbing, electric, etc.)
Facts on Students in Transition • 20% of children and youth without stable housing do not attend school • Within a year, 41% these students will attend 2 schools, and 28% will attend 3 or more schools • With each change in schools, the estimated academic setback is 4-6 months
Primary District Responsibilities • Appoint a McKinney-Vento District Liaison • Community outreach (flyers, etc.) • Provide free/reduced lunch • Enroll students immediately • Provide transportation to a student’s school of origin • Use funding from Title I to assist qualifying students
Where do you fit in? • Become familiar with Title X eligibility. • Monitor student comments regarding new living situations or trouble at home • Be aware of sudden changes in student behavior, lack of clothing and school supplies, comments regarding a move, difficulty getting to school, etc. • Share information with your district liaison.
What District Liaisons Do: • Provide professional development to school staff on an annual basis • Coordinate with outside resources to help serve student and family needs • Post outreach materials in community • Act as an advocate and contact point for students
Current Collaborations • Columbia Rethreads Program: Clothing for students in-need • OEA Foundation Grant: Renewable $100 grant for teachers
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! Please contact your local liaison or school contact with questions or concerns: District Liaison: School Contact: Lane ESD’s Title X Coordinator, Ellis Williams, can be reached at: 541-461-8309 firstname.lastname@example.org