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Dispute Resolution

HETAC Resources

Dispute Resolution Under the McKinney-Vento Act

This HETAC tip sheet summarizes federal McKinney-Vento Act provisions related to the resolution of disputes; highlights key elements of the California Department of Education homeless education dispute resolution process; recommends strategies for preventing McKinney-Vento disputes, when possible; recommends best practices for the fair and prompt resolution of McKinney-Vento disputes; and links to additional resources for more information.

Other Resources

California Department of Education: Homeless Education Dispute Resolution Process

This March 2020 California Department of Education communication outlines the state’s McKinney-Vento dispute resolution process, including new provisions from the Every Student Succeeds Act. The dispute resolution process involves steps aimed at ensuring that disputes are resolved promptly while safeguarding the rights of all parties.

National Center for Homeless Education: Dispute Resolution webpage

This National Center for Homeless Education webpage provides informational and practical resources on resolving disputes under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Sample Materials

Customizable Sample Form: Written Explanation of Eligibility, School Selection, or Enrollment Decision
(Note: This file will download to your downloads folder as a Microsoft Word document)
This sample form provides a written explanation of the COE’s enrollment decision and informs the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth of their right to appeal the COE’s decision.