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Education for Children in Foster Care Assurances

Consolidated Application Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I, Part A Education for Children in Foster Care Assurances for fiscal year 2018–19.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I, Part A, Education for Children in Foster Care
  1. The local educational agency (LEA) will enroll foster youth or allow the foster youth to remain in their school of origin, unless a determination is made that it is not in the child’s best interest to attend that school. Best interest factors include, but are not limited to, appropriateness of the current educational setting and proximity to the school in which the child is enrolled at the time of placement. (20 United States Code (USC) §6311; Public Law (PL) 114-95, §1111(g)(1)(E)(i))
  2. LEAs will ensure that if a determination is made that it is not in the student’s best interest to remain in the school of origin, the student will be immediately enrolled in a new school, even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. (20 USC §6311; PL 114-95, §1111(g)(1)(E)(ii))
  3. LEAs will immediately contact the school of origin to obtain relevant academic and other records. (20 USC §6311; PL 114-95, §1111(g)(1)(E)(iii))
  4. LEAs will develop and implement clear written procedures governing how transportation to maintain students in foster care in their school of origin when in their best interest will be provided, arranged, and funded for the duration of their time in foster care, and ensure that students promptly receive that transportation. These transportation procedures must describe how this requirement will be met in the event of a dispute regarding which agency or agencies will pay any additional costs incurred in providing transportation, and must describe which agency or agencies will initially pay the additional costs so that transportation is provided promptly during the pendency of the dispute. (20 USC §6312; PL 114-95, §1112(c)(5); 34 Code of Federal Regulations §299.13(c)(1)(ii))
  5. LEAs shall designate a point of contact (POC) if the corresponding child welfare agency notifies the LEA in writing that it has designated an employee to serve as a POC for the LEA. (20 USC §6311; PL 114-95, §1111(g)(1)(E)(iv))

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