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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 61
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: January 6, 2004
RE: Announcing Local Educational Agency Homeless Liaison Training Date
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.” A training session is scheduled for January 22, 2004 in the Riverside Room at Howard Johnson’s in Portland (see enclosed map).
The morning session from 9:00-12:00 will be for new homeless liaisons. Participants will receive training pertaining to:
An afternoon session will be held from 1:00-3:00 for previously designated and trained homeless liaisons who are ready for the finer points of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and discussion on meeting the requirements of the law.
Invited guest speakers Patricia Julianelle from the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness and Barbara Duffield, Policy Director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth will be facilitating the afternoon workshop.
Please complete the form below with the information requested and return to the Department by January 16, 2004.
School Administrative Unit______________________________________________________________
Number of people attending _____________________________________________________________
Session attending: Morning ( ) Afternoon ( ) Both sessions ( )
Thank you for completing the information. It will help us plan for accurate materials.
Please complete the information form. It is important that the Department has directory information on all liaisons to ensure that updated homeless information is communicated to all systems. Please send the form to: Ms. Shelley Reed, Homeless Education Coordinator, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0023 or by fax at 624-6700.
School Administrative Unit_________________________________________________________________________________
District Homeless Liaison (name)_________________________________________________________
Signature of Superintendent______________________________________________________________