Receive a free, appropriate public education.
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is in the best interest of the student and is feasible.
If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide a written explanation of its position and inform student/parent(s) of the right to appeal its decision. Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.
In a shelter (family, domestic violence, or youth shelter or transitional living program)
In a motel, hotel, or weekly rate housing
In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the street
In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not your parent or guardian
In substandard housing (without electricity, water, or heat)
With friends or family because you are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:
Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement
Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
For the complete guide on the rights of youth under the McKinney-Vento Act visit:
AB490: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Source: Foster Youth Connection - Rights of Youth Under AB490
Assembly Bill 490 (2003) created new rights and duties related to the education of dependents and wards in foster care. Some of these rights and duties have been expanded by later laws, including AB 81 (2009), AB 12 (2010), SB 1353 (2010), AB 1933 (2010), and the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Public Law 110- 351). Many of the obligations placed on local educational agencies by these laws also apply to charter schools participating in a special education local plan area. EC § 48859(c).
You have these rights: