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CFYETF California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheets (January 2021) ENGLISH / SPANISH

Includes: educational rights, school of origin, school stability, educational decision making, early care/preschool,special education, school discipline, graduation exemption requirements, and transition to college & career

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State and Federal Laws Regarding Foster Youth Education

Assembly Bill 490 (2003)
Educational Rights and Stability for Foster Youth Act.

Assembly Bill 12 (2010) California Fostering Connections to Success Act
California Fostering Connections to Success Act extends foster care to eligible youth from age 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 578 (2011) Pupils in Foster Care: Course Credit
Foster youth awarded full or partial credit for coursework completed while attending a previous school.

Assembly Bill 1933 (2010) Foster Children: Education
This law allows foster youth to remain in their school of origin.

Assembly Bill 1909 (2012) Foster Children Suspension and Expulsion Notifications
This law addressed disciplinary proceedings, expulsion, extended suspension, and manifestation determination for children with exceptional needs.

Assembly Bill 167/216 (2013) High School Graduation Requirements: Pupils in Foster Care
This law exempts foster and probation youth from having to fulfill additional school district graduation requirements if they transfer to a new school district.

Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95) (2015)
This law reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Of 1965 and replaces No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. The purpose of the law is to provide all children significant opportunities to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.

Assembly Bill 854 (2015) Educational Services: Pupils in Foster Care
This bill aligns the Foster Youth Services (FYS) program with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to ensure the effective implementation of LCFF for students in foster care.

Senate Bill 89 (2017) Foster Youth Sexual Health Education
This law requires sexual health education for foster youth and new training requirements for caregivers, social workers and judges.

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Assembly Bill 1962 (2018) Foster Youth Dependent of a Tribal Court
This law changes the definition of foster youth used for state funding and accountability purposes.

Senate Bill 860 (2020) FYSCP Postsecondary Education Financial Aid Applications

This law requires the FYSCP to coordinate efforts to ensure, to the extent possible, the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application for foster youth pupils who are in grade 12.

Source: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/cdss-programs/foster-care/california-foster-youth-education-resource-hub/k-12