Alliance for Excellent Education
Despite Federal Mandate, Just 16 States Track Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth
When Karina Melendez missed multiple days of school during the winter of her sophomore year, it wasn’t because she was willfully truant or lazy. The student, who usually got straight As, had been placed in the foster care system and was balancing class at her Bronx public high school with court appointments, meetings with lawyers and social workers, and the emotional shock of uprooting her life.
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.