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Advocating for the Educational Rights of Homeless Children and Youth: How to Navigate the Dispute Resolution System

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Produced on August 08, 2017

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 amended and reauthorized the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento”). McKinney-Vento guarantees homeless children and youth equal access to free, appropriate public education and the right to educational continuity and stability. The law also requires states and school districts to review and revise laws, policies, regulations, and practices that may act as a barrier to the education of homeless children and youth.

Under McKinney-Vento, homeless students and their families can dispute eligibility determinations, school placement, and school enrollment issues. Homeless children and youth often have to navigate the dispute resolution process on their own without the benefit of counsel or access to legal resources.

This course, presented by attorney Michael Santos, provides a broad overview of the educational rights of homeless children and youth and how lawyers can address their legal needs through the federally required dispute resolution process.   

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore the education rights of homeless children and youth guaranteed under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, how this federal law is implemented on the state and local levels, and current challenges in compliance
  2. Review updates on what changes were made to McKinney-Vento under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
  3. Understand the legal considerations when navigating the dispute resolution process at the local and state levels
  4. Gain insight on different ways lawyers can get involved in addressing the educational needs of homeless children and youth 

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

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Michael Santos

HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns

Michael Santos is an attorney whose work focuses on advocating for homeless youth access to education through public education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

Michael Santos has had a long history of working on the rights of low-income and underrepresented communities through the Department of Health and Human Services and various non-profit organizations. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Clinton Foundation where he worked on an initiative to decrease the upward trend of childhood obesity in the United States.

Michael graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in Biomedical Engineering and Ethnic Studies. He received his JD from University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia state bars.


Julie C.

Inspirational and motivational! Thank you!

Angela R.

This guy was pretty interesting too as I had no prior interest in homeless kids education. I learned a lot

Pamela K.

Very organized presentation

Thomas S.


Harrison S.

Presenter is very knowledgeable and conveys a very complex area of the law which I found of real interest. Lawline should consider using him often!

Michele K.

thank you

Victoria L. B.

Excellent and very relevant material.

Jamey B.

Information was clear and emphasis was balanced.

Deborah K.

I have worked in the non-profit sector with schools for young women in Florida, known as Pace Center For Girls. I felt that this presentation was invaluable.

Jayme M.

Great overview!

Cathleen W.

Good clear presentation.

Karen W.


Ralph G.

A timely topic in today's world! I enjoyed the presentation. I hope the law doesn't get rescinded or weakened in the years ahead.

Senna A.

The field of education law is fascinating and I am glad to see more courses on this topic.

Beth S.

I do a lot of volunteer work with foster children/homeless children thru our State CASA program. This course gave me a lot of useful information for that work. Thank you.

Rianna B.


Patricia W.

Michael Santos is a very knowledgeable and inspiring lecturer. Thank you for this excellent program.

Jennifer A.

Very informative. Well done.

Andrew B.

It was interesting on a very little known subject.

Matthew W.


Suzanne M.

Excellent, organized and efficient presentation.

Allison M.

Well done.

Patricia L.

Thorough overview and good information.

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