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Procedures For The Prompt Resolution Of Disputes Regarding The Educational Placement Of Homeless Children And Youths:

As of July 2002 and ongoing

Any dispute regarding the educational placement of a homeless child or youth shall be reported to the LEA school board office, where a record of the dispute should be made and referred to the homeless education coordinator.  LEA officials should review the State Plan and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.  LEA officials should also review the LEA Assurances to the Tennessee Department of Education regarding the removal of barriers to enrollment, school selection, and the provision of comparable services.  All parties (principals, homeless coordinators, child's parents/guardians, social worker, and youth involved) shall meet, discuss the issue; and arrive at a decision.  

Resolutions of disputes regarding educational placement shall be accomplished within ten school days.  Disputes not resolved within ten school days are to be reported to the state coordinator for the education of homeless children and youth.  The state coordinator will then take the necessary action to promptly resolve the dispute in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.  The child/youth must be immediately admitted to the school in which he/she is seeking enrollment, pending resolution of the dispute.  The parent/guardian must be provided with a written explanation of the school's decision on the dispute and shall have the right to appeal the decision.