California Schools Focus on Foster Care Youth

California is attempting to identify all foster care youth in its public schools and track each students’ progress, as the state devotes billions of extra dollars to meet their emotional and special learning needs.

California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

But first, officials have to figure out how many school-age foster children they have and where they are enrolled in a state that’s home to nearly one-fifth of the nation’s foster children.

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