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Students Displaced by Hurricane Protected by Federal Law on Homeless

Tuesday, August 29, 2017  
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(Education Week) The vast majority of students who may end up temporarily or permanently displaced by Hurricane Harvey are entitled to full protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act that covers homeless students.

That could also end up placing extra financial and logistical weight on school districts serving students in and outside the area affected by the disaster.  

The law, which was renewed in 2015 along with the Every Student Succeeds Act, categorizes as homeless any student who "lives in temporary shelters and those who use places not designed for sleeping as their regular nighttime residence, such as a car, park, abandoned building, bus, train station, airport or camping ground." It also qualifies as homeless students who "double up" during financial hardships or natural disasters, meaning those living with relatives or family friends. More...

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