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Navigating the Dispute Resolution Process

School districts may have situations when parents, guardians and unaccompanied homeless youth have disagreements over eligibility, school selection, enrollment or request for transportation. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides a provision, the dispute resolution process, to resolve these types of disagreements. As a McKinney-Vento liaison, it is important to be prepared to assist families and follow the steps in the dispute process.


Participants will be able to:


  • Identify the LEA and McKinney-Vento Liaison’s responsibilities in the dispute process,

  • Describe the steps of the dispute process, including the required documentation and timeline.

  • Apply knowledge to sample dispute resolution scenarios.

  • Assist families with helpful tips, including how to avoid a dispute.

  • Utilize resources for navigating the process.

Key Resources

PDF of PowerPoint


For more resources, visit the Dispute Resolution page.

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