Q: Under the McKinney Vento law in the state of Missouri, can a school board deny a child an education?
A: Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which is a federal law applicable in Missouri, school boards are prohibited from denying a child access to education solely based on their homeless status. This legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have the right to a free and appropriate public education. The Act defines homelessness broadly, encompassing a range of living situations, and mandates that school districts must remove barriers that could hinder the enrollment and attendance of homeless students. This includes measures such as waiving documentation requirements and providing transportation and essential services to support homeless students in their education.
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