The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services has released Non-Regulatory Guidance on Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care.
In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and built on the many recent legislative successes and policy discussions by instituting new protections for children in foster care. These provisions, which took effect on December 10, 2016, complement those in the Fostering Connections Act and require SEAs and LEAs to work with child welfare agencies to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care. Accordingly, ED and HHS collaborated on this guidance in order to ensure coherence across implementation of both laws.
This guidance is intended to be a useful tool that helps SEAs, LEAs, and child welfare agencies to build on their collaborative successes and encourages educational and child welfare agencies to consider additional ways to support better outcomes for these students, including by providing supports to youth to facilitate a successful transition from the elementary and secondary education to college and careers.
Topics covered include:
- School of Origin
- Best Interest Determination
- Dispute Resolution
- Immediate Enrollment and Records Transfer
- State and Local Points of Contact
- Student Data and Privacy
The guidance is available for downloading at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/edhhsfostercarenonregulatorguide.pdf.