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From the ECS State Policy Database
Special Populations--Homeless Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Homeless Students
A.B. 1806
From bill summary: Provides that if an individual with exceptional needs is a homeless child or youth, and the local educational agency has proposed a change of placement due to an act for which a decision to recommend expulsion is at the discretion of the pri...

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MDSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.Tuition Exemption for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
H.B. 482
Expands eligibility for tuition and mandatory fee waivers for Maryland public institutions of higher education to include unaccompanied homeless youth, and defines unaccompanied homeless youth. Requires these youth to meet the same conditions as foster care re...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Homeless Students
S.B. 6074
Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to report data on homeless students to the Governor and the Legislature beginning January 10, 2015, and each odd-numbered year thereafter. Specifies that the report should be disaggregated by subg...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Homeless Youth Education Success Act
S.B. 177
From bill summary: Requires a homeless child or youth to be immediately deemed to meet residency requirements for purposes of participation in interscholastic sports or other extracurricular activities. Requires public schools and county offices of education t...

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MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12School Transportation
H.F. 630
Provides that a school district may transport a child who does not have a school of origin to the same school attended by that child's sibling, if the siblings are homeless. Page 9 of 214.
http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS88/HF0630.4.pdf...

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PASigned into law 07/2012P-12An Act establishing a task force within the Department of Education, providing for its powers and duties and providing for administrative support.
S.B. 157
Act 123 establishes a task force within the Department of Education on homeless children's education. Provides for its powers and duties and providing for administrative support.Requires the Task Force to conduct a study that includes:
(1)  A demographic surve...

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MNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Residency Determination for Homeless Students
H.F. 2949
Provides clarification on the district of residence for a homeless pupil, such that the pupil resides in the district where the parent or guardian resides unless parental rights have been terminated, the parent lives out of state or is an inmate at a correctio...

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NDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Home Education
H.B. 1211
Removes the requirement that home education be supervised by a child's parent "in the child's home." Requires the local superintendent (or county superintendent, if no local) to report to the Superintendent of instruction the number of "Statements of Intent to...

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CASigned into law 03/2011P-12Child Care and Development Services
S.B. 70 - Sec. 8201, 8208, 8263.1
Amends eligibility requirements for children to receive child care and development services. Existing law provides children must be at least 13 or younger. Under amendment, eligible children are:
--Age 10 or younger
--Children with exceptional needs
--Childre...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program
H.B. 4755
Establishes a state grant program that parallels and supplements, but operates independently of, the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to facilitate the enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth. Subject to appropriation, r...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12Programs Funded At or Below $10,000 in a District
H.B. 149 - Section 3
Adds Section 53A-17a-105.5. Defines "qualifying program" as (1) the at-risk flow through program; (2) the homeless and disadvantaged minority students program [both created in 53A-17a-121]; (3) the gifted and talented program; (4) the advanced placement progra...

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WASigned into law 05/2009P-12Transportation of Homeless Students
H.B. 2072
Relates to special needs transportation; establishes a work group to study special needs transportation and funding; provides for pilot projects to demonstrate cost sharing opportunities, including opportunities among public paratransit and Medicaid nonemergen...

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ILAdopted 02/2009P-12Education of Homeless Children
23 IAC 245.10, .20, .30, .40, .50
Creates new rules relating to education of homeless children and youth state grant program. Pages 322-329 of 365: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume33_issue7.pdf...

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ILEmergency Rule Adoption 10/2008P-12Education of Homeless Children
23 IAC 245.10, .20, .30, .40, .50, .60
Creates new rules relating to education of homeless children and youth state grant program. See pages 209-211, 233-241 of 261: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume32_issue40.pdf...

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ILEmergency Rule Adoption 10/2008P-12Education of Homeless Children
23 IAC 245.10, .20, .30, .40, .50, .60
Creates new rules relating to education of homeless children and youth state grant program. Pages 209-211 and 233-241 of 261: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume32_issue40.pdf...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12Education Programs for Students Placed in Facilities
H.B. 1204
Provides for the oversight of educational programs for children placed within day treatment centers, residential child care facilities, other out of home placement facilities, and hospitals, either as the result of a court order or other public entity action o...

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NYAdopted 05/2008P-12Homeless Education
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.2(x)(1)(vi)
Amends rules regarding the definition of homeless youth and disputes regarding a child's status and transportation. Text as adopted in May 2008 was published in the February 27, 2008 register (page 4 of 18): http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2008/feb27/...

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INSigned into law 03/2008P-12Office of Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children
H.B. 1165
Requires the department of education to establish an Office of Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children. Each local school corporation is required to appoint a liaison for homeless children. The department of education is rewuired to provide trining for ...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12Placement of Foster and Juvenile Court Students
S.B. 330
Provides that a student who is placed in a foster family home or the home of a relative or other unlicensed caretaker may attend school in either the school corporation in which the home is located or in the school corporation in which the student has legal se...

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TNSigned into law 04/2007P-12Immunization of Homeless Students
S.B. 1965
Requires the Commissioner of Education to report annually to the House and Senate Education Committees the number of homeless children who enrolled in public school without immunization or proof of immunization and the average length of time required for these...

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NJAdopted 12/2006P-12Education for Homeless Children
NJAC 6A:17
Provides the regulatory framework to ensure that homeless children areable to meet the same challenging state content and student performancestandards that all other students in the state are expected to meet. NEW JERSEY 17692...

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UTAdopted 11/2006P-12Education & Funding for Homeless/Emancipated and Ethnic Minority Students
R277-616
Adds new language for determining where a homeless or emancipated student shall attend school and provides for the inclusion of charter schools within the rule; ensures funds for homeless and economically disadvantaged ethnic minority students are distributed ...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Miscellaneous Provisions
H.B. 867 - Section 13-15
Extends to 2007-2008 provisions related to No Child Left Behind requirements, including commissioner determinations whether schools and districts are meeting state standards annually and state board authority to impose on schools and school districts consequen...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Homeless Students and Immunization
S.B. 3918
Prohibits school districts from denying admission to homeless children for lack of proof of immunization.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB3918.pdf...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Transportation of Homeless Students
H.B. 1006 - Section 1 and 2
Provides that a special purpose bus may be used to transport homeless students.

Creates new chapter on transportation of homeless students. Defines "transitional school corporation" as a school corporation (district) in which a homeless student temporarily st...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Special education transportation
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
For purposes of computing special education base revenue, the cost of providing transportation for children with disabilities includes (A) the additional cost of transporting a homeless student from a temporary nonshelter home in another district to the school...

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DESigned into law 07/2005P-12Foster Children Fit Under Homeless Act
H.B. 279
This Bill confirms the practices and procedures of the Department of Education and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families that all foster children are within the provisions and protections of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Educa...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Special Education Provisions
S.B. 1044 (sections 28-30)
Modifies membership of Advisory Council for the Education of Children with Disabilities from "parents of children with disabilities" to parents of persons from birth to age 26 with disabilities. Includes officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of t...

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NYEmergency Rule Adoption 01/2005P-12Homeless Children
Title 8 NYCRR Parts 275, 276, Section 100.2(x)
Amends regulations by modifying the procedures concerning appeals involving homeless children. NEW YORK REG 17286 (SN)...

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DESigned into law 07/2004P-12Homeless Children and Unaccompanied Youth
S.B. 271
Clarifies that homeless children and unaccompanied youth shall attend school in accordance with The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS142.NSF/vwLegislation/SB+271/$file/2381420097.doc/?openelement...

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IAAdopted 06/2004P-12Educating the Homeless
281 IAC 33.1 thru 33.11
Implements the provisions of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/Current/iac/281iac/28133/28133.pdf...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Public School Enrollment of Homeless Children
S.B. 270
Public school enrollment of homeless children. Revises provisions addressing the public school enrollment of homeless children to reflect the definitions and requirements set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of...

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DERule Adoption 10/2003P-12Education of Homeless Children and Youth
14 DAC 901
Amends regulation 901, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, to be consistent with the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act, of 2001, that ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experienc...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12Education: Foster or Homeless Children
A.B. 490
Requires a school district to accept for credit full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed by a pupil while attending a public school, juvenile court school, or nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency. Requires pupils paced in licensed children's ins...

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NHSigned into law 07/2003P-12Public School Education Legal Residency
H.B. 568
Relates to legal residency for the purpose of public school education; changes the definition of legal residency for homeless children and youths; provides that disputes regarding residency shall be resolved by the commissioner of the department of education, ...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Definition of Homeless Student
S.P. 538 (LD 1577) (omnibus bill)
Expands definition of homeless student to comply with definition required under federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, including provision that homeless student the child of a parent or guardian who is homeless. Requires commissioner-adopted rules on homele...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Education Definitions and Programs
S.P. 538
This bill does the following:
1. It adds "emotional disability" to the definition of "exceptional student" in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A,
section 7001;
2. It adds "undue burden" as a requirement concerning requests for extension of leased space a...

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VTSigned into law 06/2003P-12Homeless and Migrant Children
S.B. 185
This act clarifies that the state board of education is authorized to administer federal education funds available under the No Child Left Behind Act; for the next two years, authorizes the commissioner of education to make an annual, instead of biennial, dete...

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MDSigned into law 05/2003P-12Children in Informal Kinship Care Relationships
S.B. 32
Defines "informal kinship care" as a child who is not under the care or custody of social services living with a relative due to serious family hardship. Defines "serious family hardship." Requires a district receiving a child living in an informal kinship car...

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MDSigned into law 05/2003P-12Residential Child Care Programs
S.B. 178
Defines "residential child care program" and specifies that group homes, alternative living units and emergency shelter care are classified as such. Requires a licensed operator of a residential child care program who receives state funding and who has legal c...

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NHSigned into law 05/2002P-12Homeless Students
S.B. 321
Clarifies the right to public education for children of homeless families; establishes a committee to study requirements regarding the legal residency of homeless children in certain educational and institutional settings; relates to appeals regarding change o...

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COSigned into law 04/2002P-12Homeless Education
H.B. 1181
Defines residency as it relates to homeless child. Authorizes school district to establish residency for purposes of school attendance. Authorizes a child who seeks shelter or is located in one school district to be considered a resident of another school dist...

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MESigned into law 04/2002P-12Bond Issue Authorized
H.B. 1628
Authorizes a $28,500,000 General Fund bond issue to capitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund, to provide grants to public educational institutions to install sprinkler systems in dormitories, to renovate the Harlow Office Building and to provide a cente...

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VASigned into law 02/2000P-12
S.B. 147
Relates to public school enrollment of homeless pupils; revises various statutes addressing evidence of residence in the school division for public school enrollment; adds persons lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and having a primary ...

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