Legal Resources | | T42 11433, 11433
Local Educational Agency Subgrants For The Education Of Homeless Children And Youths.
(a) GENERAL AUTHORITY-
(1) IN GENERAL- The State educational agency shall, in accordance with section 722(e), and from amounts made available to such agency under section 726, make subgrants to local educational agencies for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youths.
(A) IN GENERAL- Services under paragraph (1) -
(i) may be provided through programs on school grounds or at other facilities;
(ii) shall, to the maximum extent practicable, be provided through existing programs and mechanisms that integrate homeless children and youths with nonhomeless children and youths; and
(iii) shall be designed to expand or improve services provided as part of a school's regular academic program, but not to replace such services provided under such program.
(B) SERVICES ON SCHOOL GROUNDS- If services under paragraph (1) are provided on school grounds, schools -
(i) may use funds under this subtitle to provide the same services to other children and youths who are determined by the local educational agency to be at risk of failing in, or dropping out of, school, subject to the requirements of clause (ii); and
(ii) except as otherwise provided in section 722(e)(3)(B), shall not provide services in settings within a school that segregate homeless children and youths from other children and youths, except as necessary for short periods of time -
(I) for health and safety emergencies; or
(II) to provide temporary, special, and supplementary services to meet the unique needs of homeless children and youths.
(3) REQUIREMENT- Services provided under this section shall not replace the regular academic program and shall be designed to expand upon or improve services provided as part of the school's regular academic program.
(b) APPLICATION- A local educational agency that desires to receive a subgrant under this section shall submit an application to the State educational agency at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the State educational agency may reasonably require. Such application shall include the following:
(1) An assessment of the educational and related needs of homeless children and youths in the area served by such agency (which may be undertaken as part of needs assessments for other disadvantaged groups).
(2) A description of the services and programs for which assistance is sought to address the needs identified in paragraph (1).
(3) An assurance that the local educational agency's combined fiscal effort per student, or the aggregate expenditures of that agency and the State with respect to the provision of free public education by such agency for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which the determination is made, was not less than 90 percent of such combined fiscal effort or aggregate expenditures for the second fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which the determination is made.
(4) An assurance that the applicant complies with, or will use requested funds to comply with, paragraphs (3) through (7) of section 722(g).
(5) A description of policies and procedures, consistent with section 722(e)(3), that the agency will implement to ensure that activities carried out by the agency will not isolate or stigmatize homeless children and youths.
(1) IN GENERAL- The State educational agency shall, in accordance with the requirements of this subtitle and from amounts made available to it under section 726, make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies that submit applications under subsection (b). Such subgrants shall be awarded on the basis of the need of such agencies for assistance under this subtitle and the quality of the applications submitted.
(2) NEED- In determining need under paragraph (1), the State educational agency may consider the number of homeless children and youths enrolled in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools within the area served by the local educational agency, and shall consider the needs of such children and youths and the ability of the local educational agency to meet such needs. The State educational agency may also consider the following:
(A) The extent to which the proposed use of funds will facilitate the enrollment, retention, and educational success of homeless children and youths.
(B) The extent to which the application -
(i) reflects coordination with other local and State agencies that serve homeless children and youths; and
(ii) describes how the applicant will meet the requirements of section 722(g)(3).
(C) The extent to which the applicant exhibits in the application and in current practice a commitment to education for all homeless children and youths.
(D) Such other criteria as the State agency determines appropriate.
(3) QUALITY- In determining the quality of applications under paragraph (1), the State educational agency shall consider the following:
(A) The applicant's needs assessment under subsection (b)(1) and the likelihood that the program presented in the application will meet such needs.
(B) The types, intensity, and coordination of the services to be provided under the program.
(C) The involvement of parents or guardians of homeless children or youths in the education of their children.
(D) The extent to which homeless children and youths will be integrated within the regular education program.
(E) The quality of the applicant's evaluation plan for the program.
(F) The extent to which services provided under this subtitle will be coordinated with other services available to homeless children and youths and their families.
(G) Such other measures as the State educational agency considers indicative of a high-quality program, such as the extent to which the local educational agency will provide case management or related services to unaccompanied youths.
(4) DURATION OF GRANTS- Grants awarded under this section shall be for terms not to exceed 3 years.
(d) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES- A local educational agency may use funds awarded under this section for activities that carry out the purpose of this subtitle, including the following:
(1) The provision of tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services that are linked to the achievement of the same challenging State academic content standards and challenging State student academic achievement standards the State establishes for other children and youths.
(2) The provision of expedited evaluations of the strengths and needs of homeless children and youths, including needs and eligibility for programs and services (such as educational programs for gifted and talented students, children with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency, services provided under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or similar State or local programs, programs in vocational and technical education, and school nutrition programs).
(3) Professional development and other activities for educators and pupil services personnel that are designed to heighten the understanding and sensitivity of such personnel to the needs of homeless children and youths, the rights of such children and youths under this subtitle, and the specific educational needs of runaway and homeless youths.
(4) The provision of referral services to homeless children and youths for medical, dental, mental, and other health services.
(5) The provision of assistance to defray the excess cost of transportation for students under section 722(g)(4)(A), not otherwise provided through Federal, State, or local funding, where necessary to enable students to attend the school selected under section 722(g)(3).
(6) The provision of developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs, not otherwise provided through Federal, State, or local funding, for preschool-aged homeless children.
(7) The provision of services and assistance to attract, engage, and retain homeless children and youths, and unaccompanied youths, in public school programs and services provided to nonhomeless children and youths.
(8) The provision for homeless children and youths of before- and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs in which a teacher or other qualified individual provides tutoring, homework assistance, and supervision of educational activities.
(9) If necessary, the payment of fees and other costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records necessary to enroll homeless children and youths in school, including birth certificates, immunization or medical records, academic records, guardianship records, and evaluations for special programs or services.
(10) The provision of education and training to the parents of homeless children and youths about the rights of, and resources available to, such children and youths.
(11) The development of coordination between schools and agencies providing services to homeless children and youths, as described in section 722(g)(5).
(12) The provision of pupil services (including violence prevention counseling) and referrals for such services.
(13) Activities to address the particular needs of homeless children and youths that may arise from domestic violence.
(14) The adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for any nonschool facilities made available under subsection (a)(2) to provide services under this subsection.
(15) The provision of school supplies, including those supplies to be distributed at shelters or temporary housing facilities, or other appropriate locations.
(16) The provision of other extraordinary or emergency assistance needed to enable homeless children and youths to attend school.
(Amended by Public Law 107-110, Sec 723.)