Dr. Valerie Baxter
Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Academies 
903-295-5000, Ext 1709
[email protected] 

Dr. Valerie Baxter


mckinney-vento homeless act

  • The faculty and staff at Pine Tree ISD want all children enrolled and attending school! Yes, it's the law, but more importantly we care about your child's education and want to help them succeed. We understand children need support from home as well as school. PTISD wants to ensure that no child is excluded from public education because if their living situation and experiencing homelessness or poverty.

    Program Services

    The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. The program assists families and unaccompanied youth that are currently living in a temporary situation due to loss of housing. The McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act is a federal law that helps children immediately enroll in school, provides assistance for school supplies and obtaining bus transportation and referrals to the community to optimize their education opportunities.

    Key Provisions of the Homeless Act – Who qualifies?

    Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence which includes:

    • Children and youth who are currently living in a temporary place or residence and sharing housing with others due to; economic hardships, eviction, natural disaster, loss of housing; or living in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative or adequate accommodations; living in an emergency or transitional shelter; or are awaiting foster care placement;
    • Children and youth who have primary night-time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, public spaces, substandard housing, or similar settings;
    • Migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless due to their circumstances and living in conditions described above; or
    • Unaccompanied youth (not living with your parent or guardian) living in a temporary situation.

    Your Child's Rights

    The McKinney-Vento Act provides your child with basic education rights such as:

    • Immediate enrollment even if academic records, proof of residence or immunization records are unavailable.
    • Immediate eligibility for free child nutrition. Assistance with school supplies if needed.
    • Keeping the child enrolled in "School of Origin" upon request or assisting the child with enrollment in the attendance zone where he/she is currently residing.
    • Transportation assistance if needed.

    Parents can help by:

    • Contacting Dr. Valerie Baxter at (903) 295-5000, ext 1709 or go to the nearest school in your area for assistance.
    • Enrolling your child as soon as possible, even if you do not have an address.
    • Providing the school with your most current address.
    • Keep the school informed if you move and report any changes throughout the school year.
    • Making sure your child goes to school every day.


    Education is so important.


  • Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

  • Title IX requires schools to adopt and publish grievance procedures for students to file complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence. All procedures must provide for prompt and equitable resolution of sex discrimination complaints.
  • Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 

  • Title IX is a federal mandate that protects students attending educational institutions from sex discrimination. The law says that students cannot be denied participation in any school program solely based on their sex.