December 7, 2015
Early indications suggest California’s landmark restructuring of school funding and accountability has provoked a sea change in perception over the education needs of foster youth – but enormous challenges remain.
As a result, a coalition of advocates for some 43,000 public education students under protection of the courts due to abuse or neglect is calling for new requirements on districts to report the frequency that foster children change schools.
The groups also want the California Department of Education to issue better guidelines on the use and disclosure of student data for those in foster care as well as a best practices model based on how some of the state’s more successful districts are performing under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
“There is a long way to go, but I’ve got to say we’ve also come a long, long way,” said Molly Dunn, an attorney with the Alliance for Children’s Rights who specializes on education issues.
“The fact that we are even discussing foster youth and education is something in itself,” she said. “There’s a ton of promise with LCFF and now it’s just a matter of making good on that promise.”
Organizations mentioned/involved: Alliance for Children’s Rights, Public Counsel, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)