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Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 2 Released

A new study was released last month, finding that California’s foster youth fare worse educationally depending on where they are placed, the number of placements they’ve had, and their length of stay in foster care. The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 2 by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd and the…

LAUSD and District’s Around the State Unveil Draft Plans that Focus on Foster Youth

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s newly unveiled draft Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) demonstrates the promise of California’s new school funding scheme – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – for foster youth.  The draft plan includes nearly $10 million in new services for foster youth and the hiring of nearly 100 new counselors…

New Tool to Help Foster Youth Graduate on Time

Educators and school districts that are working to serve foster youth have a new tool available to them.  A new resource, California’s Partial Credit Model Policy:  An Implementation Manual for School Districts and Child Welfare Agencies, has recently been released and provides comprehensive information to ensure foster youth are awarded credit for all work completed…

Invisible Education Achievement Gap Between Foster Youth & Peers

“The Invisible Achievement Gap,” a landmark study funded by The Stuart Foundation, was released this October. The report, which connects statewide education data to child welfare data, is titled thus because its findings show that children in the foster care system often have specialized education needs that go unrecognized and unmet, leading them to fall…

Policy Will Keep Kids on Track to Graduate

On Wednesday, September 4, the Child Welfare Council of the California Health & Human Services Agency adopted a partial credit policy formula that was developed and presented by the Alliance to ensure foster youth who are shuffled from school to school can get credit for the work they’ve already done. This will help more youth stay…

Alliance and First Star Team Up to Help Foster Youth Get to College

The Alliance and First Star are partnering to help 28 eleventh graders in foster care get on the right academic footing so they can attend college. At the end of last year, many youth in the innovative First Star UCLA Bruin Academy were struggling academically. Each youth had different scenarios resulting from frequent home and school…

CA Budget Gives Schools Money for Foster Youth

On June 13, 2013, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 91, a trailer bill for California’s 2013-14 budget.  SB 91 preserved California’s Foster Youth Services (FYS) program at the current funding level of $15 million.  These funds will allow FYS to ensure that county offices of education continue to coordinate educational services and supports for…