On September 4, 2014, NCYL made a presentation to the California State Board of Education at a historic board hearing. It was the Board’s first update and discussion about the impact of the monumental Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law on students in foster care. LCFF passed in 2013 and dramatically changed California’s school funding and accountability model by providing additional resources to districts for their low-income, English learner, and foster youth students. Jesse Hahnel, Director of NCYL’s FosterEd Initiative, presented to the Board on the education outcomes of foster youth and how districts and counties are implementing the law to support youth. His presentation is available here .
At the hearing, foster youth shared their experiences with school administrators and the challenges they must overcome to reach their educational goals and dreams. More than 20 foster youth allies and supporters – from dependency attorneys to education rights holders to providers – spoke about the important role districts can play in bringing together stakeholders and how districts can work with them to support youth. FosterEd will continue to work with the State Department of Education, county offices of education, and school districts to ensure LCFF fulfills its promise for students in care.