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All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. These requirement are detailed in the McKinney-Vento Act, all LEAs.

Homeless Education Liaisons
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Every Local Education Agency must designate an appropriate staff person as a local homeless education liaison and submit that person's name to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This information is to be submitted to the AskTED online directory by the LEA's AskTED administrator. AskTED is TEA's online Texas Education Directory (TED). AskTED is the database where homeless education liaison's contact information is maintained.

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Liaison Directory has been imported into the AskTED directory. Your AskTED administrator does not have to resubmit the LEA's homeless education liaison's information if they were previously listed in the TEHCY directory. If you discover information that is out of date or incorrect, updates and/or changes regarding the homeless education liaison's contact information must be submitted to TEA through each LEA's AskTED administrator.

The information in the TEHCY website directory is updated periodically from the AskTED directory. LEAs are no longer required to input this information directly to the TEHCY directory.

To learn how to use AskTED access homeless education liaison contact information directly, download the PDF instructions.

Homeless Student Identification

Every LEA must identify students experiencing homelessness within their district. This process must be done regularly and in a way that is auditable. In Texas, most districts choose to use a student residency questionnaire to help determine whether or not students qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act.

McKinney-Vento Posters

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released new McKinney-Vento Posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth and a second to assist unaccompanied youth.  The posters are available in both English and Spanish.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can download the digital files below and post this information on their LEA homeless education program webpage.

LEAs should collaborate with their school staff and community partners (e.g. food pantries, faith-based organizations, local housing authorities, shelters, etc.) to share printed copies of this poster.  

Homeless Student Enrollment
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Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act.
Homeless Student School Determination
Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless, or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin or attendance zone campus.
Dispute Resolution
Disagreements over school enrollment and best interest determinations must be resolved through the dispute resolution process. While in the dispute resolution process the child is entitled to attend the campus in question until the matter is resolved.
Transportation

Students experiencing homelessness have the right to transportation to their school of origin. This provision applies even if a student moves outside of the school of origins’ attendance zone or district boundaries. School of origin transportation must continue for the duration of the child’s homelessness or until the end of the school year in which a child becomes permanently housed.

Title I Services

Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services.

These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include: personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success.

Region 17 - District Homeless Liaison Directory
ALVA RODRIGUEZ
Title
ISD
City
Phone
Email
HOMELESS LIAISON
CROSBYTON CISD
CROSBYTON
(806) 675-7331 ext:1207
AMANDA DAVIS
Title
ISD
City
Phone
Email
HOMELESS LIAISON
SUNDOWN ISD
SUNDOWN
(806) 229-3021 ext:227
AMY FEASTER
Title
ISD
City
Phone
Email
HOMELESS LIAISON
RALLS ISD
RALLS
(806) 253-2509
ANGELA MORENO
Title
ISD
City
Phone
Email
HOMELESS LIAISON
LORENZO ISD
LORENZO
(806) 634-5592 ext:227
BEVERLY BYRNE
Title
ISD
City
Phone
Email
HOMELESS LIAISON
WHITEFACE CISD
WHITEFACE
(806) 287-1104 ext:4900
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