McKinney Vento 2001, Law Into Practice Issue Brief
Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Children's Education
Homeless children and children who are survivors of domestic
violence are at risk for numerous emotional a behavioral problems. They may be more likely to participate in
violent activities and may have serious difficulties in adjusting in school.
This publication outlines the issues faced by homeless
children and argues that a stable school experience can ease the effects of
homelessness and domestic violence on these children. It explains the federal legislation (the
McKinney-Vento Act and the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
which ensures that children affected by domestic violence and homelessness have
stable and safe school experiences.