Education Rights of Homeless Students.
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This document is designed to help New Jersey parents, guardians, and caregivers understand the legal concepts and procedures involved in disputes over the enrollment of homeless students in local public schools. It also informs them of their legal rights. The requirements of the McKinney Act and of the state regulations concerning the education of homeless children are intended to minimize interruptions in schooling when a child becomes homeless. Therefore, any time that a school district does not follow these rules and procedures, the problem should be brought immediately to the attention of the Homeless Children and Youth Program in the Office of Specialized Programs, New Jersey Department of Education. The rules governing the education of homeless children in New Jersey are found in New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6, Chapter 5. The state regulations focus on: when a child is considered homeless for purposes of enrollment in a public school; what happens if a child becomes homeless; what a "district of residence" is; how the educational placements of homeless children are decided; how disputes are resolved; who pays tuition and transportation costs; and who monitors compliance. (SM)