Franken, Franks Both Worked on Child Welfare Issues
The recent spate of resignations on Capitol Hill includes some members who have been active on child welfare and family services issues. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who resigned late last week over inappropriate conversations on the subject of surrogacy with staffers, was front and center on the issue of adoption.
States All Over the Map on Ensuring Educational Stability for Foster Youth
The Every Student Succeeds Act gave school systems across the country until December 2016 to transport foster youth to school. Nine months later, implementation is wanting. For the roughly 270,000 school-aged children living in America’s foster care system, educational success can be elusive.
Providers Hope Trauma Legislation Will Help Native Children in Foster Care
Recent federal legislation put forward by senators Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) proposes to address the issue of childhood trauma through the creation of a federal trauma task force.
Missing the Bus
California fails to implement federal education law, denying students in foster care their right to school transportation. At least 35,000 school-aged California children live in foster care today. Entering the system is, invariably, traumatic.
Federal Education Bill Steps Up for Foster Youth
Foster Youth Written into Elementary and Secondary Education Reform (ESEA) bill. An initial overture this year to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would require schools to work with child welfare systems to ensure educational stability for foster youths.
Sen. Mary Landrieu Talks Foster Care, Education and a Growing Movement
On August 2nd, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. The bill would amend education policy that currently precludes many adults and institutions from access to an individual student’s records.
Post-Partisan: the Power of Foster Care Politics
While the nation bemoans a “gridlocked” Congress and Comedy Central’s Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both Presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.
Senate Takes up Charge on Foster Youth School Records
WASHINGTON D.C. – Down on Capitol Hill, the air is hot, wet and gummy. With recess around the corner and the political parties settling in for a bitter election cycle, few bills of substance are moving or being introduced, save a seemingly small tweak to privacy laws that promises to dramatically change the educational cards for students experiencing foster care.