Suit: State Denies Homeless Kids Equal Access to Public Education

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A class action lawsuit has been filed against state officials, claiming they are failing to provide homeless children with equal access to public education.

The suit alleges the officials are violating the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by failing to provide homeless children with appropriate public education.

It also accuses the officials of violating constitutional requirements to provide equal access to public education without regard to the status of homelessness.

"The State's complete disregard of its duty to assist this extremely vulnerable population is indefensible," stated Lois Perrin, ACLU of Hawaii Legal Director. "It is absolutely shocking that the State has failed to assist these children despite having been on formal notice of its noncompliance since 2006."

The lawsuit names three homeless parents and their children.