Gaps in resources invested in middle school- and elementary-aged foster youth may have negative consequences for improving outcomes for this at-risk group.
Chronicle of Social Change
July 22, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Alliance for Children’s Rights
A recently issued preliminary report from the University of California-Berkeley found that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has invested more funding in high school foster youth than their elementary-aged counterparts.
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF) legislation, enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013, provided districts with more money to serve vulnerable groups such as foster youth, low-income students, and English-language learners. The districts, however, control how they put the additional funds to use.
“To improve the overall outcome for foster youth, there must be early intervention,” said Jill Rowland, who serves as education program director for the Alliance of Children’s Rights in Los Angeles. “Eighty-three percent of foster youth repeat a grade by the third grade, so it’s a very early age we’re talking about that this pattern [of underperforming] begins.”Tags: Children, Education