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.
Michael Santos is an attorney at the Law Center whose work focuses on advocating for homeless youth access to education through public education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.
Prior to joining the Law Center, 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.
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.
Michael Santos is a very knowledgeable and inspiring lecturer. Thank you for this excellent program.
Very informative. Well done.
It was interesting on a very little known subject.
Excellent, organized and efficient presentation.
Thorough overview and good information.
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