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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             September 6, 2002


RE:                   Announcing Local Educational Agency Homeless Liaison Training Dates


            Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.), amended and reauthorized as part of the No Child Left Behind

Act, stipulates “local educational agencies will designate an appropriate staff person, who may also be a coordinator for other Federal programs, as a local education agency liaison for homeless children and youths.” Training sessions for local educational agency homeless liaisons will be held in September at the following locations:


            Presque Isle      Northern Maine Technical Center         9:00-3:00         September 12

                                    Christie Lecture Hall                            


            Augusta            Augusta Civic Center                            9:00-3:00         September 16

                                    Capitol/Pine Room                              


            Portland           Holiday Inn by the Bay                         9:00-3:00         September 26

                                    New Hampshire Room


            Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 in Augusta and Portland and is limited to 75 persons.  The Lecture Hall at NMTC will be open at 9:00 (due to a class occupying the Hall until 8:55). Lunch will be provided at all sites from 12:00-1:00 as well as early morning and afternoon beverages.


            Participants will receive training pertaining to:

·        Local implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act;

·        Identification of homeless youth and children in their school districts;



·        Conducting sessions to raise the awareness of and sensitivity to homeless issues with staff and students; and,

·        Ensuring the enrollment and educational participation of homeless children and unaccompanied youth.



Please complete the form below with the information requested and send it, by September 10th, to:



Ms. Shelley Reed, Homeless Education Coordinator, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0023 or by email at



School Administrative Unit___________________________________________


Number of people attending __________________________________________


Session attending: Presque Isle (  )  Augusta (  ) Portland (   )



Thank you for completing the information. It will help us plan for accurate materials and lunch counts.