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Schools question homeless familiesâ€TM right to enroll

by Amanda Luker

Aug. 20, 2004 – Homeless advocates in Chicago report that homeless families have been questioned frequently about their right to sign their children up for school.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, advocates in suburban areas of Chicago say they are receiving up to ten calls a day from families that are having trouble registering because they are homeless.

A federal law was established two years ago to ensure that school administrators understood the requirements of enrolling homeless students, but districts were never required to attend the training sessions. Two trainings were postponed because too few districts agreed to attend, and a training last week that was expected to draw 30 served only five teachers and administrators.

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