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Student Support, Career & Education Services

Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Updates

To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Homeless Education Liaisons and Other Interested Parties
From:David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:August 22, 2007

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This memo is to provide you with updates from the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth as you implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act:

  • A Snapshot of Homelessness in Massachusetts Public Schools: 2005 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Massachusetts Annual Homeless Enrollment Data Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document. This report represents the first time a housing status question had been asked on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The data shows:
    • An estimation of 48,000 homeless students in the Massachusetts and possibly underestimates the number of homeless children and youth in the state;
    • That homeless students experience high-risk behaviors; and
    • That homeless youth who are enrolled in school have lower risk behaviors when compared to homeless youth who are not enrolled in school. This indicates that schools are actually a protective factor for homeless students.

In our on-going effort to assist school systems to implement the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act, the Department is issuing additional Homeless Education Advisories on the following aspects of McKinney-Vento:

In addition, under a separate cover you will receive information regarding the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Data Collection Report for 2006-07. This Data Report is to be completed and returned to the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth by October 17, 2007.

If you have questions regarding any of these items, please contact either Peter D. Cirioni at 781-338-6294/ pcirioni@doe.mass.edu or Sarah Slautterback at 781-338-6330/sslautterback@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: August 27, 2007
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