The Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Toolkit, published by the Legal Center in January 2017, contains a series of adaptable tools and resources for states and counties to support the school stability and success of students in foster care. Individual implementation tools from the toolkit appear on the Education Stability page.
Legal Center Publishes Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Toolkit
U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Release Joint Guidance on the Foster Care Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
Joint Guidance on the Foster Care Provisions of ESSA - Issued by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 23, 2016.
This joint guidance sends a strong message to schools and districts across the country that the needs of children in foster care must be addressed. The provisions go into effect December 10, 2016. State and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.
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President Obama Reauthorizes Every Student Succeeds Act
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a 1965 federal law governing education last reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. Among its provisions, the law now requires states to ensure protections for vulnerable youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. These include school stability and transportation, mandatory data reporting, and agency collaboration.