California schools to get more funds to boost performance of foster children
California schools will receive billions of dollars from the government to track and boost foster children's performance by meeting their unique learning and emotional requirements.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, California officials will figure out the number of school-age foster children and where they are enrolled in the state.
The state's 1,043 school systems were directed to submit plans how they intended to use the funds by 1st of July. The total amount of money the government intended to spend to help schools boost foster children's performance is projected to hit $9.3 billion by 2021.
School districts will have to track their foster children and report their absences, progress and standardized test scores along with other measures.
Molly Dunn, a lawyer with the Los Angeles-based advocacy group Alliance for Children's Rights, welcomed the state government's decision, saying the needs of foster children had previously gone unrecognized and unmet.
Commenting on the decision, Dunn said, "They are a very small group of students, they are lagging so far behind . focused the attention on the great level of need they have. And that's only right because these are our kids, the state's kids, and they are doing the worst."
Students in foster care are dropping out of high school at a considerably higher rate than other at-risk students in the state. They are least likely to graduate. As per fresh estimates, there are nearly 42,000 school-age foster children in California, less than 1 per cent of the state's total 6.2 million public school students.
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