Senate Caucus on Foster Youth
Capitol Hill Briefing Tomorrow on Counsel for Kids, Parents in Child Welfare Courts
A group of legislative caucuses on vulnerable youth and on legal issues are jointly offering a congressional briefing tomorrow on a hot topic of late in child welfare: the legal rights of parents and children in dependency court proceedings.
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.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Roughly 7,600 years ago, researchers say, the Mediterranean Sea rose and spilled through the Bosphorus, flooding the Black Sea. There are different theories about the speed of that flooding, with some experts pointing to geological evidence suggesting it was a catastrophic event that flooded 60,000 square miles of dry land in short order.
Congress Rolling on Uninterrupted Scholars Act
Last week, members of Congress converged on Washington, D.C. for a short legislative session before the elections. In short order, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), which would amend education privacy laws to the benefit of foster children gained momentum.
Sen. Mary Landrieu Talks Foster Care, Education and a Growing Movement
On August 2nd, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. The bill would amend education policy that currently precludes many adults and institutions from access to an individual student’s records.
Post-Partisan: the Power of Foster Care Politics
While the nation bemoans a “gridlocked” Congress and Comedy Central’s Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both Presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.
Senate Takes up Charge on Foster Youth School Records
WASHINGTON D.C. – Down on Capitol Hill, the air is hot, wet and gummy. With recess around the corner and the political parties settling in for a bitter election cycle, few bills of substance are moving or being introduced, save a seemingly small tweak to privacy laws that promises to dramatically change the educational cards for students experiencing foster care.