Under federal and state law, children and youth experiencing homelessness have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (federal law) provides assistance to states to help them ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This program helps State Educational Agencies (SEAs) ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to FAPE, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.
Consistent with the McKinney-Vento Act, children experiencing homelessness are to be provided services comparable to those received by other students in the school they attend, including transportation services, and education programs for which such students are otherwise eligible, such as services provided under McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 or similar state or local programs and programs for students with disabilities.
State law also addresses the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights concerning school admission and preschool for homeless students.
For additional information or resources, please contact the ESC-2 McKinney-Vento Liaison:
Valarie Buhidar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 361-561-8612
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
All Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to designate an appropriate staff member as their local McKinney-Vento liaison. The liaison assists with ensuring that children in homeless situations are identified as homeless, are enrolled in school, and are receiving the educational services for which they are eligible.
Region 2 District Homeless Liasons:
|AGUA DULCE ISD||MRS EUGENIA VALLESemail@example.com|
|ALICE ISD||DR ALMA GARCIAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ARANSAS COUNTY ISD||MRS ALICIA LUTTMANemail@example.com|
|ARANSAS PASS ISD||MARIA MORALESfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BANQUETE ISD||CONNIE HERRERAemail@example.com|
|BEEVILLE ISD||MARTINA VILLARREALfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BEN BOLT-PALITO BLANCO ISD||BEATRICE CADENAemail@example.com|
|BENAVIDES ISD||DR FERNANDO CASTILLOfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BISHOP CISD||DR EDEN HERNANDEZemail@example.com|
|CALALLEN ISD||SONYA DURRWACHTERfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CORPUS CHRISTI ISD||MRS SUSANA MAJORSemail@example.com|
|CORPUS CHRISTI MONTESSORI SCHOOL||MS CERISE WEEKSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DR M L GARZA-GONZALEZ CHARTER SCHOOL||ANITA HINOJOSAemail@example.com|
|DRISCOLL ISD||MS JENNIFER KILLIONfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|FLOUR BLUFF ISD||DR LINDA BARGANSKIemail@example.com|
|FREER ISD||MR CONRAD CANTUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|GEORGE WEST ISD||SANDRA MUSQUEZemail@example.com|
|GREGORY-PORTLAND ISD||BARBIE EZELLfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|INGLESIDE ISD||KAREN MIRCOVICHemail@example.com|
|KENEDY COUNTY WIDE CSD||KRISTIN TINSLEYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|KINGSVILLE ISD||DR JUAN SANDOVALemail@example.com|
|LA GLORIA ISD||MR DAVID BRASWELLfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|LONDON ISD||NICOLE RODRIGUEZemail@example.com|
|MATHIS ISD||MR ERNESTO DELUNAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MCMULLEN COUNTY ISD||JOEL TRUDEAUemail@example.com|
|ODEM-EDROY ISD||MRS JANA KIESCHNICKfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ORANGE GROVE ISD||MRS DANA SCOTTemail@example.com|
|PAWNEE ISD||MRS JOYCE HOMEYERfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|PETTUS ISD||JOANN GUTIERREZemail@example.com|
|PORT ARANSAS ISD||MRS KATHRYN P PATTESONfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|PREMONT ISD||LILLY RODRIGUEZemail@example.com|
|RAMIREZ CSD||GLORIA HAMILLfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|RICARDO ISD||MS MONIKA GARZAemail@example.com|
|RIVIERA ISD||BROOKE HICKEYfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ROBSTOWN ISD||NATALINE HALLemail@example.com|
|SAN DIEGO ISD||MRS SARAH MCCASLANDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|SANTA GERTRUDIS ISD||FATIMA GARCIAemail@example.com|
|SEASHORE CHARTER SCHOOLS||CHRISTOPHER DANIELSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|SINTON ISD||MRS GINA GUAJARDOemail@example.com|
|SKIDMORE-TYNAN ISD||OPHELIA DE LOS SANTOS||OPHELIA.DELOSSANTOS@STBOBCATS.NET|
|ST MARY'S ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL||MR MERLE SIMONSONfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TAFT ISD||ANGELITA LOPEZemail@example.com|
|THREE RIVERS ISD||MS AUDRA HUFFfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TULOSO-MIDWAY ISD||IRIS CHAPAemail@example.com|
|WEST OSO ISD||ISABEL OLIVAREZfirstname.lastname@example.org|
If you'd like to reach out directly to the TEHCY Program and Technical Support Center, you can call: 1-800-446-3142 or fill out the TEHCY contact request form.
- National Center for Homeless Education
- Texas Network of Youth Services
- Unaccompanied Youth Eligibility Flowchart
Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
- COVID-19 Resource Page
- Resources by Topic and by Audience
- Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Life Skills Study Guides
Financial Aid Resources
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Resources
- Federal Student Aid
- Financial Aid Toolkit
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Application and Verification Guide for Higher Education
Texas Education Agency - Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program
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.
- McKinney-Vento Posters for Parents of School-Age Youth Spanish Version
- McKinney-Vento Posters for Unaccompanied Youth English Version
- McKinney-Vento Posters for Unaccompanied Youth Spanish Version
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.
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.
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.
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