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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 1, 2018 03:14 PM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Educational Stability for Students
I plan to re-introduce SB 966, which amends the Public School Code to provide for educational stability for students who are homeless or in foster care.

The lives of children who are in foster care or homeless are filled with uncertainty and disruption. Often times, remaining in the same school with familiar teachers and classmates provides the only semblance of continuity in their lives. Yet a change in living placement often means having to attend a new school. 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. When students in foster care change schools they may miss days of school or are placed in the wrong classes waiting for school records to be sent to the new school. Many times their credits do not transfer, they have to repeat courses or entire grades and many become frustrated and drop out of school completely.

My legislation will ensure that students who are experiencing an education disruption - those in foster care or homeless can continue enrollment in their same school when feasible if it is in their best interest. If the student changes schools, it permits immediate enrollment in the new school and the former district must provide their records within 10 days of enrollment. Transportation required for school stability shall be provided by school district in which the student is enrolled. The legislation guarantees that credits earned in the former school are accepted by the new school.

I hope you will join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as SB702