H.R. 5876 (112th): Increasing Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Act

May 31, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Danny Davis
Representative for Illinois's 7th congressional district
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May 31, 2012
12 pages

This bill was introduced on May 31, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 31, 2012
Referred to Committee May 31, 2012
Full Title

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide educational stability for children in foster care, and for other purposes.


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2 cosponsors (2D) (show)

House Education and the Workforce

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

House Financial Services

Housing and Insurance

House Ways and Means

Human Resources

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Increasing Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Act - Amends the school improvement program under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to require the annual report cards issued by states to include information on the academic achievement and secondary school graduation rates of foster children.
Requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to reserve school improvement funds to serve children in foster care.
Establishes part J (Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care) under title I of the ESEA.
Requires states to develop and implement a plan to ensure that children that move to a new school attendance area due to being placed in foster care, changing their foster care placement, or leaving foster care:
(1) enroll or remain in their school of origin and receive transportation to and from that school, unless it is determined to be in their best interest to attend a different school;
(2) are immediately enrolled in a school once it is determined to be in their best interest to attend the school, even if they are unable to produce the records normally required for enrollment; and
(3) have their school records maintained and available for immediate transfer to their new school.
Gives a child who leaves foster care the right to remain in his or her school of origin only for the remainder of the school year.
Requires states to ensure that foster children are able to: (1) preserve the credits or partial credits they earned at schools they previously attended, and (2) receive a secondary school diploma from one of the schools at which they were enrolled or through a state-issued secondary school diploma system.
Requires LEAs and state educational agencies to each designate an individual to oversee implementation of their part J obligations and serve as a point of contact for the child welfare agencies responsible for foster children.
Amends the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to eliminate children and youths who are awaiting foster care placement from the definition of "homeless children and youths."

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