A challenge to get California foster youth signed up for financial aid paid off. This spring, for the first time ever, foster students surpassed high school peers in applying for federal student aid.
Life may not be the same, but for some California college students staying on campus provides a refuge, especially for those with nowhere to go.
New research finds these students had lower grade point averages than their peers because of barriers they faced in high school.
More than 34,000 students in foster care attend California's K-12 schools. Learn more about their unique challenges and the support systems in place to help them navigate through the education system.
Foster students miss the most school days of any group of students in the state.
The classes are part of a state program to help children in foster care find and enroll in child care programs.
California community colleges provide some housing help for former foster youth
Increasing financial aid for California college students among 21 new proposals
The state needs to take a more active role in translating policy reform into academic achievement for its youth in care.
One recent study found that among foster youth who enrolled in post-secondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.
Butte County’s Oroville City Elementary School District, which has a suspension rate that is three times the statewide average, is being investigated by the state Bureau of Children's Justice.
Some school districts emerge as models for serving foster youth, but others are doing little to target them with specific programs.
Oakland Unified to receive $1.2 million from city to help reinstate cuts to Restorative Justice and Foster Youth programs, supplement library funding.
Despite steady overall progress, gaps among student ethnic and racial groups persist. The new data will indicate which low-performing school districts will receive assistance when the California School Dashboard is released next month.