Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Legislative Transportation Requirements

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act placesastrong emphasis on transporting students who are homeless, at the request of their parent or guardian, or an unaccompanied youth, to their school of origin. School of origin is defined as either the school the child attended when permanently housed OR the school last attended.

Section 722(g)(J)(iii) states: "The State and its local educational agencies will adopt policies and practices to ensure that transportation is provided, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison), to and from the school of origin, as determined in paragraph (3)(A), in accordance with the following, as applicable:”

“(I) If the homeless child or youth continues to live in the area served by the local educational agency in which the school of origin is located, the child's or youth's transportation to and from the school of origin shall be provided or arranged by the local educational agency in which the school of origin is located.”

“(II) If the homeless child’s or youth’s living arrangements in the area served by the local educational agency of origin terminate and the child or youth, though continuing his or her education in the school of origin, begins living in an area served by another local educational agency, the local educational agency of origin and the local educational agency in which the homeless child or youth is living shall agree upon a method to apportion the responsibility and costs for providing the child with transportation to and from the school of origin. If the local educational agencies are unable to agree upon such method, the responsibility and costs for transportation shall be shared equally. "

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education: Use of Title I funds to provide Services to Homeless Children and Youth.  

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

On December 16, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83), the omnibus funding bill for FY 2015. Under H.R. 83, the policy changes regarding the use of Title I, Part A funding to support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness first enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 were reauthorized, as follows:

"...Provided further, That funds available under sections 1124, 1124A, 1125 and 1125A of the ESEA may be used to provide homeless children and youths with services not ordinarily provided to other students under those sections, including supporting the liaison designated pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(ii) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and providing transportation pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii) of such Act..."

Title III, Education for the Disadvantaged

H.R. 83 governs the spending of FY 2015 dollars, which are available from July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015.

Legislation

Download the full text of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.

Letter to States from the U.S. Department of Education


 


Transportation Strategies for Students Who Are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2014

Transportation Guidance under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2014

Gas Cards Policy - DPI Guidance
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2013

NCHE Brief: McKinney-Vento Transportation
National Center for Homeless Education

Example forms from districts:

School District of Janesville’s Personal Service Contract
Janesville contracts with an individual to provide transportation for preschool and elementary students who are homeless. Janesville has been able to eliminate the use of taxicabs. This contract is between the school district and the individual who provides transportation.

Madison Metropolitan School District’s Homeless Transportation Agreement form
This form can serve as model for coordinating transportation in your district.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s Transportation Inter-district Agreement
Middleton’s agreement can serve as a model for a transportation agreement.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s Parent Transportation Contract

Ashwaubenon Gas Card Agreement

Transportation Request
This request form is generic and can be used for any school district.

 

For questions about this information please contact one of our State EHCY Coordinators: 

Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338

Susan Piazza (608) 267-1284