Legal Division

Homeless Education

Training and Workshop Materials on
The Educational Rights of Children Experiencing Homelessness

  • Registration Guidance - Residency, Immigrant Pupils, Homeless Pupils and School Fees and Waivers PDF File School Year 2015-2016

  • Issues of Residency PDF File
    It's important to understand the "residency" requirements of Illinois law contained in the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b and 105 ILCS 5/14-1.11a, as well as the educational rights of homeless children as embodied in The Education for Homeless Children Act, 105 ILCS 45/1-5 et seq., and the federal McKinney-Vento Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

  • Waiver of School Fees PDF File
    The Illinois School Code requires that one of the duties of local school boards in Illinois is "to waive all fees assessed by the district on children whose parents are unable to afford them . . . ." See 105 ILCS 5/10-20.13. A working knowledge of the law and regulations concerning school fees will give school personnel the opportunity to ensure that low-income children, including children experiencing homelessness, are able to fully participate in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

  • Discipline Issues PDF File
    Expulsion and suspension cannot be imposed without the opportunity for a fair hearing and the courts have power to review the imposition of such discipline. Discipline itself must be fair.

  • School Uniforms PDF File
    Although school uniforms have long been the norm in private and parochial schools, many school districts in Illinois have adopted dress code or uniform requirements in recent years. These dress code requirements raise many questions, particularly for low-income children who may have difficulty satisfying such requirements.

  • Immigrant Students' Rights PDF File
    Undocumented school-age children have the same right as U.S. citizens and permanent residents to an education without regard to their immigration status.