State official says services for homeless students are underfunded.
o Passed in 1987, the McKinney-Vento Act requires states to ensure students have equal access to education by tearing down the barriers and stigma that stand in their way.
o Districts are obligated by Title I and McKinney-Vento to set aside enough resources to adequately support homeless families.
o School districts are required to hire homeless liaisons and provide some form of reliable transportation for students to and from school, regardless of where the students live, at the district’s expense. Homeless students are allowed to continue attending their school, even if they move outside the district.
It’s 7 o’clock on a drizzly mid-November night, and Jessica Richey is trying to console her ill daughter.