|Posted:||March 11, 2019 11:12 PM|
|From:||Representative Tarah Toohil|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Foster Care Educational Stability Act- Changes to Three Separate Codes|
I am re-introducing the Educational Stability Act for the fourth term in a row. Ensuring the Educational Stability of children in Foster Care has been challenging because it requires language changes in three separate areas of our law and, thus, progress in this area has been slow.
In 2014, a former high school student and foster child, Brittany, testified before the House Children & Youth Committee about the negative impacts of being moved from school to school. Many students, like Brittany, are denied the constancy of maintaining their friendships and their focus on school when they are moved from foster home to foster home and moved, unnecessarily, from school to school.
Some county agencies and school districts have disagreed on how to address the educational stability of foster children who are moved out of their homes and many times out of their "home" school district.
Regardless of Federal Requirements to the contrary, children are still in their “home” school of origin one day only to be suddenly moved to a foster home out of their school district and never heard from again. Foster children continue to miss school for a month or more while the new foster family or kinship family enrolls them in a new school district.
In support of Senator Pat Browne’s sister legislation he cites, “research shows that one of the most significant barriers to educational success is repeatedly changing schools. It is estimated that students lose four to six months of academic progress each time they change schools.”
Please help ensure that we change our laws and renew our commitment to these children and their educational stability. Thank you for your support on the following three separate code changes.
|Description:||Changes to the Human Services Code:
2011/12 Rep. Moul HB2501, 2013/14 Rep. Rosemary Brown HB973, 2015/15 Toohil HB 1808,
2017/18 Toohil HB 1108.
|Description:||Changes to the Education Code:
|Description:||Changes to the Juvenile Act:
2011/12 Rep. Moul HB2053, 2013/14 Toohil HB569, 2015/16 Toohil HB 1809, 2017/18 Toohil HB 1109.