McKinney-Vento Grants as a Tool for Social Justice
Grants to support students experiencing homelessness would appear to be focused on equity, but are they? States are tasked with providing funds to districts with the greatest need, but do we? This session will explore how states can use data to determine if students of color, who are often disproportionately impacted by poverty and homelessness, are able to access grant funded programs. We will also take a deep dive into the structure of grant applications to determine if small, rural, or under-resourced districts are able to successfully apply for funding. This will include best practices for using the grant to increase identification, to shift funding to districts with fewer resources, and to help districts include programs and supports aimed at students of different cultural backgrounds.