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.
The plan approved by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – by far the largest of Los Angeles County’s 80 school districts, with 40 percent of the county’s students – helps bring it into closer compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), an overhaul of federal education policy signed into law by President Obama in 2015. The law mandated that local educational and child welfare agencies provide transportation for foster youth to their home school starting in December of 2016.
More than 7,000 students enrolled in LAUSD schools are in the county’s foster care system.
“School stability allows foster youth to continue their education without disruption, maintain established relationships with peers and adults, and have the opportunity to achieve college- and career-readiness,” wrote Pia Escudero, the district’s executive director of student health and human services, in a memo to LAUSD board members, who voted on the matter during Tuesday’s board meeting. “It is critical that foster youth have the opportunity to be transported to their school of origin in order to attend school regularly and on time to achieve academic success.” Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/los-angeles-finalizes-14-million-school-stability-plan-for-foster-kids-guaranteeing-reliable-transportation-to-home-schools/