Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


Eight Years After Federal Law to Improve School Stability for Foster Youth, States Still Scrambling

Many states have fallen short on protecting foster kids' right to school stability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.


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.


In Nationally Significant Development, Los Angeles Finalizes $14 Million Plan to Transport Foster Kids to School

A recent federal report found administrative and financial obstacles challenged the ability to keep foster youth in their school of origin. Los Angeles might emerge as a pioneer on fighting those barriers, now that one of the largest school districts in the nation has approved its share of a five-year, at least $14 million transportation plan for these students.


Updated Perkins Act Places Greater Emphasis on Work-Based Learning

At the end of last month, President Donald Trump signed the long-awaited reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act, a $1.2 billion annual federal investment aimed at developing local and state secondary and post-secondary programs for students participating in career and technical education.