Missing the Bus

“We have known for decades that education stability is a fundamental part of the educational success of students in foster care,” said Jackie Wong, government relations director at the National Center for Youth Law. “For this reason, advocates and youth nationwide have shared with policymakers the importance of ensuring that children and youth in foster […]

Fostering Academic Success for All

“We have a unique moral and legal obligation to ensure students in foster care receive the educational opportunities they need to thrive in school, and in life,” said Jesse Hahnel, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) Executive Director. “We are committed to helping state education agencies effectively implement the foster youth provisions of ESSA.” http://www.gettingsmart.com/2016/06/fostering-academic-success-for-all/

Education Crucial Partner for Dual Status Youth to Improve

The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps defines dual status youth as children “who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and occupy various statuses in terms of their relationship to the two systems.” Dual status youth make up a large population: One study from Washington indicated that as many […]

FosterEd Develops Web Program to Help Foster Youth Meet Academic Goals

Yet, Traiman said, “When we ask professionals working with youth how’s it going [in class], very often there’s no set of processes to actually hold ourselves accountable.” Given this, FosterEd has designed a new Web-based educational case management system that will help adults in a foster youth’s life track the student’s academic progress. The new […]

FosterEd continues to make strides in helping children overcome educational challenges

Children and youth in foster care face a unique set of educational challenges, including frequent school transfers, a lack of communication between public schools and child welfare agencies, and a lack of stable academic support and guidance. To address these issues, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), a non-profit working to improve the lives […]

Federal Education Law Delivers Vital Protections for Foster Youth

Children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems face countless barriers to educational success. Our historic failure to address these challenges has resulted in a dramatic achievement gap between these youth and their peers. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December, provides an opportunity — and a responsibility — for […]

An opportunity to ensure foster kids succeed in school

The budget and local control funding formula (LCFF) legislation recently signed by Governor Brown make many important changes to how California school districts are financed and held accountable. Among the most important changes are provisions making California the first state to hold itself accountable for the educational outcomes of students in foster care. Click here […]

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