Three Bright Spots in California’s Fitful and Failing Implementation of a Federal Law Aimed at Lifting Foster Students’ Academic Horizons

  In the eastern suburbs of Sacramento County, Kamika Hebbert keeps a watchful eye for signs of how an unstable environment affects young minds. There’s the restlessness that comes with worry about biological parents and siblings.


Los Angeles Leaned Hard on Rideshare to Keep Foster Youths in School of Origin

Since the 2015 passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school districts and child welfare agencies around the country have been tasked with developing transportation plans to keep foster youth in their schools of origin if that is what they prefer.


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.


Top Stories of 2018: Educational Stability for Foster Youth

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from 2018.


Colorado Schools File Suit Against ‘School Choice’ Provision in Foster Care Transportation Law

Six Colorado school districts, two education associations and two private citizens are pushing back against a new state law aimed at improving school transportation for students in foster care. HB 18-1306 was signed by Gov.


Colorado Guarantees Foster Youth Have Rides to School, Support After 18

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed two landmark bills into law this session related to improving outcomes for youth in the state’s foster care system. As of June 1, through H.B.


    Colorado Leads Nation with Bill to Pay for Foster Youths’ Rides to School

    A $2.9 million bill aimed at improving the educational success of students who are foster youths cleared a key committee in the Colorado legislature in April. If the bill is signed by the governor, Colorado will be the first state to legislate the implementation of a federal law that compels school systems to ensure that, among other things, foster kids have a ride to school.


    Arizona Says It Lives Up to Foster Youth Education Law, But Can’t Prove It. Can Others?

    In Arizona, as in many other parts of the United States, school stability for foster youth is a significant problem. Forty-two percent of students in foster care switched schools during the school year, according to a 2015 West Ed report, and research has shown that each change costs a student at least three months of academic progress.


    Scarcity Pits Education Against Foster Care in Rhode Island

    Earlier this month, a Rhode Island state senator introduced a bill that would compel the state’s foster care agency to split the cost of transporting foster youth to school with the education system.