Report: Districts ‘not yet making the grade’ regarding foster youth

School district accountability plans offered “slim evidence of districts’ attention to foster youth” as required under California’s new school funding law, according to a report released Monday by SRI International and J Koppich & Associates.

The first round of local control and accountability plans – which describe the goals and actions districts plan to implement over a three-year period – “typically did not result in large numbers of districts specifying comprehensive or coherent plans” to address the needs of their foster youth, according to the report, Foster Youth and Early Implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula: Not Yet Making the Grade. Instead, foster youth were lumped into programs for other targeted groups, such as low-income students.

Report: Districts ‘not yet making the grade’ regarding foster youth

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