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High-needs students

Foster Youth

More than 33,500 foster youth are enrolled in California’s public K-12 schools. The state became the first in the country nearly a half-dozen years ago to include foster students in its funding formula and provide districts with additional funding for those students. But challenges have remained as foster students face high chronic absenteeism rates, homelessness, and low graduation rates. EdSource highlights the successful strategies to improve foster students’ academic successes and the challenges they face.