STATEMENT OF POLICY
SEC. 9101. STATEMENT OF POLICY.
Section 721 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C.
11431) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (2), by striking ``In any State'' and all
that follows through ``will review'' and inserting ``In any
State where compulsory residency requirements or other
requirements, in laws, regulations, practices, or policies, may
act as a barrier to the identification of, or the enrollment,
attendance, or success in school of, homeless children and
youths, the State educational agency and local educational
agencies in the State will review'';
(2) in paragraph (3), by striking ``alone''; and
(3) in paragraph (4), by striking ``challenging State
student academic achievement standards'' and inserting
``challenging State academic standards''.
``SEC. 721. <<NOTE: 42 USC 11431.>> STATEMENT OF POLICY.
``The following is the policy of the Congress:
``(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each
child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal
access to the same free, appropriate public education, including
a public preschool education, as provided to other children and
``(2) In any State that has a compulsory residency
requirement as a component of the State's compulsory school
attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or
policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment,
attendance, or success in school of homeless children and
youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such
laws, regulations, practices,
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or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are
afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided
to other children and youths.
``(3) Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to
separate students from the mainstream school environment.
``(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the
education and other services that such children and youths need
to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to
meet the same challenging State student academic achievement
standards to which all students are held.