No Child Left Behind Said to Help Homeless: Education Law Has Helped Homeless Kids, Advocates Say

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01/12/2007 | The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
People who work with homeless students credit the federal No Child Left Behind law with helping school districts better identify and assist homeless students, reported The News & Observer. A 2006 report from the National Center for Homeless Education found more than 600,000 students nationwide were identified as homeless. The 2002 law, which allows public school students to transfer out of low-performing schools, also ordered school districts to spread homeless students among schools rather than place them at one site, the article said. For students who move out of a school’s attendance area, the law shifted the burden of covering transportation costs from the family to school districts, the article said. Other changes included mandatory registration of students despite a lack of records and the hiring of a homeless liaison to work with local shelters. Improved communication between schools and shelters, as well as school personnel who are better equipped to spot clues to homelessness, are helping to pinpoint more homeless students, experts say.