Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
October 21, 2015
To: All LEAs
From: Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary
Subject: The Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC) has been revised along with a revised Child Accounting Document
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announces the revision of the Basic Education Circular (BEC) and the Child Accounting Guidelines. Section VII of the Education for Homeless Youth BEC has been revised. If PDE-4605 is disclaimed and a school district of residence cannot be determined, the educating school district should submit a written request to PDE’s School Services Office to make a determination regarding the student’s “ward of the state” status.
The Child Accounting Guidelines have also been updated with this information, and the charter/cyber school information has been updated to read:
“Does the McKinney-Vento Act apply to Pennsylvania charter schools?
Yes. A Pennsylvania charter or cyber charter school (“charter school”) must follow the Act’s requirements for LEAs, including designating a liaison, identifying homeless students, and ensuring immediate enrollment. Effective July 1, 2015, if the student is enrolled in a charter school, the school district of origin will remain financially responsible for the education of the student unless and until the student is no longer deemed homeless.
The charter school must enroll a homeless student as long as other students living in the same area would be eligible to attend the school if classroom space is available. If the charter school has particular skills-related entrance requirements, the student must meet those criteria (for example, a fine arts charter school with requirements related to artistic ability). However, enrollment deadlines must be waived for students experiencing homelessness.”
This information can be accessed on PDE’s website at www.education.pa.gov, search word: Homeless Education. If there are any questions, please call Sheldon Winnick, State Coordinator, at 717-783-6466.
Linda C. Burgos | Clerk Typist 3
Department of Education | Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
333 Market Street | Hbg PA 17126
Phone: 717.783.6466 | Fax: 717.783.4392