COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 51

March 28, 2003

Informational

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

 

This memorandum provides information about federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness and contact information for technical assistance. Beginning in 1995, the Virginia Department of Education contracted with The College of William and Mary to administer the homeless education program funded by the federal McKinney Act. Dr. James H. Stronge, a professor in the School of Education, is the state coordinator. Project HOPE, the name adopted by Virginia's Homeless Education Office, is available to provide technical assistance in the area of homeless education to all school divisions. Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, director of Student Services, serves as the Department of Educations liaison with Project HOPE.

 

During the 1999-2000 school year in Virginia, Project HOPE estimated the number of preschool and school-age students who were homeless to exceed 17,000. These students were in rural, suburban, and urban settings. Anecdotal information since that time indicates this number probably has increased.

 

Recent federal legislation expands state and school division responsibilities to ensure these students have access to and meet with success in the public school system. Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, entitled the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, outline these requirements. Regardless of whether a locality receives direct McKinney-Vento subgrant funds, by accepting other federal funds through NCLB, such as Title I, the state and localities have assured coordination with McKinney-Vento. Attached is a summary of information and responsibilities for all school divisions (Attachment A). Additional details can be found by referring to the actual legislation, available at the Project HOPE Website or by contacting Project HOPE directly. Additional guidance from the United States Department of Education is anticipated soon. This information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Requests for technical support should be directed to:

Project HOPE

The College of William and Mary

School of Education - Jones Hall 305

P. O. Box 8795

Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795

Attn: Patricia A. Popp, Ph.D.

Phone: (757) 221-4002, Toll free: (877) 455-3412

Fax: (757) 221-2988, TDD: (757) 221- 2302

E-mail: mailto:homlss@wm.edu

http://www.wm.edu/education/HOPE/Homeless.html

 

 

JLD/PAP/LPdF/shs

 

Attachments

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf051a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf051b.pdf
/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf051c.pdf