Still Present and Accounted For: Q&A with Hedy Chang
Without Hedy Chang’s work on chronic absenteeism, it is unlikely that the issue would be as prominent in the education policy conversation as it is today. As Executive Director of Attendance Works, she fronts the non-profit’s national efforts to advance student success in school by reducing chronic absence.
The Need to Align Values of Schools, Family Services Providers
Opportunities abound for educators and nonprofit partners in California to align values between schools and community partners. With the adoption of the local control funding structure, California began to require each school district to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) responsible for ensuring the academic growth of students with disabilities and addresses the unique needs of students who live in poverty, students who are English language learners and students who are in foster care.
California Schools Need Better Tallies, Transparency for Foster Youth Grants
As the recently released report “The Invisible Achievement Gap” outlines, foster students require more funding and services than the typical student, and getting them this attention requires a new degree of communication and transparency in what has heretofore been a closed-book system.
Advocates Say California School Districts Should Spend More on Foster Youth
As California school districts spend June finalizing their budgets for the upcoming school year, they need to specify their plans to serve students in foster care, say child advocates. Such plans could range from hiring more support personnel for foster youth to lowering the number of times foster youth transfer schools.
California’s Largest School District Uses New Funding Formula in Bid to Help Foster Students
With a deadline looming later this month, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is finalizing preparations to hire up to 95 new counselors and introduce new educational benchmarks for foster youth in the school district with its first allotment of targeted funds from California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation.