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.
Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Toolkit
The 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 in the sidebar.