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.
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.
Whenever and however schools open for in-person instruction — during and after the pandemic — we cannot go back to business as usual.
Two San Francisco Bay Area districts are expanding outreach to their most vulnerable students including those who are homeless, foster youth.
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Forthcoming guidance permitting limited openings will apply to districts in counties on the coronavirus watch list, where schools are shut down.
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.
As food needs for California's community college students have increased, their campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.
Homelessness, lack of technology and shuttered courts extend barriers for foster youth.
Test scores are only one measure of a student, but they can be used to dispel stereotypes and promote higher achievement, superintendent says.
New research finds these students had lower grade point averages than their peers because of barriers they faced in high school.
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.
California’s largest school district published academic growth data, which measure how students improve from year to year.
Foster students miss the most school days of any group of students in the state.
After examining three districts' spending, State Auditor Elaine Howle calls for tighter controls over Local Control Funding Formula.