Changes in Transportation for Homeless Students

Effective Saturday, October 1, 2016

The federal government enacted the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in 2015 as successor legislation to the No Child Left Behind Act. The individual states are currently in the process of developing extensive implementation plans and guidelines for every aspect required under the new law.

While there are several different implementation timeframes related to those elements, it is important to know that the ESSA provisions related to the McKinney-Vento Act -- including those affecting transportation -- took effect on this past Saturday, October 1, 2016. 

Several states have already or will soon be issuing guidance or regulations regarding the implementation of these provisions. School transportation professionals should be aware of the activities on-going in their states and be alerted to State task forces or working groups charged with addressing these issues. The ESSA calls for such involvement by stakeholders.

We will do our best to stay in front of federally-issued regulations and share them with NAPT members as they become available. We are aware that homeless student transportation has significant operational and cost-related impacts on the nation's schools and students.  

With changes in McKinney-Vento that took effect Saturday, October 1st, we thought it would be useful to highlight for NAPT members key changes and to offer suggestions on ways to engage in constructive ways on this issue as school leaders.

Key New Changes to McKinney-Vento

** Note: Changes Went into Effective October 1, 2016 **

Key amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act included in the Every Student Succeeds Act are as follows:

NOTE AGAIN: These changes are effective OCTOBER 1, 2016!

Next Steps Re: Implementation

Getting Engaged & Participating Locally

Resources to Review

CLICK HERE for a copy of the USED Guidance document that summarizes the McKinney-Vento Act changes and implementation requirements. This document can also be found in the Members' Only Section of


We hope that this summary is of use to all of our members and encourage school transportation professionals to get involved in their local school efforts. School transportation is an integral part of our nation's education system and ensures the safety of our children!

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