KANSAS PTA RESOLUTION - Education Support for Homeless Students

Whereas    adequate and permanent shelter is a basic need, and its absence has a negative and long lasting impact on the education of children and teens, including increased truancy, lower standardized test scores, increased likelihood of being held back, and increased mental and physical health problems, and

Whereas    the number of children and teens who are without permanent shelter continues to grow, and the number at risk of becoming homeless is even larger, and

Whereas    there exists federal laws that protect homeless students and ensure they receive a free and appropriate public education but many families and teens are not aware of these protections and services, therefore be it



Resolved    that Kansas PTA and its constituent associations educate its members about the existence and needs of homeless students in Kansas and their school district, and be it further

Resolved    that Kansas PTA and its constituent associations share information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with its members and partner organizations, and be it further

Resolved    that Kansas PTA and its constituent associations support legislation and services that protect the educational rights of homeless children and teens, as well as those designed to help reduce the likelihood of them becoming homeless in the first place.