This National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act related to the right of students experiencing homelessness to attend either the school of origin or the local attendance area school. The brief includes a helpful checklist to help guide a school selection discussion with parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth.
This NCHE webpage provides informational and practical resources on understanding and implementing best interest considerations and school selection rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
This SchoolHouse Connection webpage contains checklists that are designed to facilitate open conversations about what school is in a student’s best interest to attend, emphasizing the importance of parents and youth being fully informed and carefully considering the benefits of school stability prior to changing schools. Checklists are included to support conversations with parents/guardians and unaccompanied youth.