Homeless Education: Unveiling the Truth Behind Beating the Odds

Mark G. Yudof, et. al., EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND THE LAW (5th ed. 2012).

11 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2015

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Cary Martin Shelby

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Date Written: Summer 2009

Abstract

The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (hereinafter, the “McKinney Act”) is the first federal legislation to directly mandate the provision of numerous services to homeless youth. It includes a flexible definition of homelessness, prohibits discrimination against homeless youth by public schools, and mandates the provision of various direct services to homeless students. This Article documents my own story of being a homeless youth in Chicago, IL, and further explains how specific provisions of the McKinney Act helped to guarantee my own personal success. This Article also argues that increasing McKinney Act funding to schools nationwide is a necessary step in expanding opportunities available to homeless youth.

Suggested Citation

Shelby, Cary Martin, Homeless Education: Unveiling the Truth Behind Beating the Odds (Summer 2009). Mark G. Yudof, et. al., EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND THE LAW (5th ed. 2012)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2701428

Cary Martin Shelby (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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