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McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program

 
Homeless students are entitled to choice of school, immediate enrollment, transportation, and dispute resolution.  These rights were originally legislated at the state and federal level almost 20 years ago.  Under No Child Left Behind, the law strengthened and now every school district must designate an individual to be responsible for identifying homeless students and assisting them so they might have every opportunity to meet the high academic standards expected of all students. 
 
The law says that any student that lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is homeless.  This includes youth in shelters, motels, campgrounds, trailer parks and those that are living with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason.  This includes the hidden homeless – those who are constantly moving from one place to another without a permanent, adequate nighttime residence. 
 
The Opening Doors – Homeless project is an Illinois State Board of Education grant funded project under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program.  The goal of this statewide initiative is to disseminate information to Illinois schools and shelters as to the educational rights and needs of homeless children and youth.  Each regional office has a homeless liaison which in turn disseminates information to the designated local school liaison which has direct access to the schools, children and youth in their districts.
 
 Use the links below to find resources  for children and families:
 
 
 
 
Opening Doors:  Statewide Access to Education for Homeless Children and Youth.
 
 
http://www.serve.org/nche/          
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
 
 
http://www.nlchp.org/                
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
 
 
http://nationalhomeless.org/        
National Coalition for the Homeless
 
 
http://naehcy.org/                        
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth 
 
 
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School District Homeless Liaison
 
Homeless Education Liaison   -  Krista Kunz , 217-243-1804, ext: 2   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
A-C Central School District – Kristy Franzoni, 217-476-8112, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Beardstown School District   -  Pam DeSollar, 217-323-3099, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Bluffs School District - Kevin Blankenship, 217-754-3351, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Brown County School District – Ray Driskell, 217-773-7500, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Franklin/Alexander School District – Andy Stremlau, 217-478-3011, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Jacksonville School District – , 217-245-7005, Sara Raynor  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Meredosia-Chambersburg School District- Dan Carrie,  217-584-1744, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Triopia School District - Steve Eisenhauer, 217-457-2283, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Virginia School District   -  Brent O'Daniel, 217-452-3085, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Waverly School District   -  Debra Rust, 217-435-8121, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Winchester School District -  217-742-9551, Thad Walker  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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