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Mississippi Senate to Vote on College Scholarship Bill for Foster Youth


The Case of ‘V. Doe’ Could Have Major Implications for the Education of Foster Youth Nationwide

Her mother deported, her father incarcerated, 6-year-old V. Doe entered Rhode Island’s foster care system in 2005. By 2017, the girl-turned-teenager had changed residences no less than a dozen times as she bounced through foster homes and treatment facilities.


Report: A Quarter of California’s Foster Students are Chronically Absent from School

Foster youth in California schools have a rate of chronic absenteeism far higher than the general student population, according to data available for the first time from the state’s Department of Education (DOE).


In California, A Push to Help More Foster Youth Get Financial Aid

San Francisco-based John Burton Advocates for Youth is launching an initiative across California to help link more foster youth with financial aid resources in college. The goal of the year-long “California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge” that begins in January is to make sure that foster youth in high schools across the state fill out financial aid forms for higher education, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

HopSkipDrive lady takes Foster Kid to school.


Ride-Sharing Company Will Get L.A. Foster Kids to School

Today, HopSkipDrive, a child-focused ride-sharing company, announced a partnership with Los Angeles County’s Office of Education (LACOE) to transport foster youth to school. Moving at what one official called a “fast and furious” pace to rectify its failure to comply with foster care mandates enshrined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), LACOE has contracted with the L.A.-based


California Department of Ed Taps Foster Care Education Vet After Failing to Comply with Federal Law

In the wake of revelations that California’s Department of Education failed to comply with federal education law affecting foster youth, it has hired a new leader for its Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program.


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.


    California, L.A. Continue to Falter on Federal Foster Youth Education Deadline

    The California Department of Education “derailed” local education agencies’ efforts to ensure transportation for students in foster care, imperiling a $1.8 billion federal grant aimed at poor students, according to an email shared with The Imprint and an education administrator in San Diego.


    California Attorney General: Too Many Young Kids Missing School

    About 7 percent of California’s elementary school students — or 210,000 schoolchildren in the state — were “chronically absent” from school last year, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. According to estimates in a report on truancy and chronic absenteeism in the state’s elementary schools, “chronically absent” students missed school at least 10 percent of all school days during the 2015-16 school year.


    California Foster Youth Score Well Below Peers on Standardized Tests

    According to newly available data released last week, California’s foster youth are lagging far behind other public school students when it comes to test scores. For the first time, the California Department of Education (CDE) released test scores for the nearly 70,000 foster youth in the state’s public schools as a result of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula.