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New Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released guidance to states, school districts, and child welfare agencies on new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting children and youth in foster care. The guidance aims to foster collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies and was informed by the input from diverse stakeholders. (letter on guidance).

The guidance touches on important aspects that impact foster youth such as: the new educational stability requirements, transfer of relevant records, procedures to determine school placement, and protecting student data and privacy (blog post).

The foster youth provisions in the ESSA take effect December 10, 2016 (letter on timelines).

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