Education Stability

every student succeeds act (essa)

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a 1965 federal law governing education last reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. Among its provisions, the law now requires states to ensure protections for vulnerable youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. These include school stability and transportation, mandatory data reporting, and agency collaboration.


Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Toolkit

The toolkit, published by the Legal Center in January 2017, contains a series of adaptable tools and resources for states and counties to support the school stability and success of students in foster care. Individual implementation tools from the toolkit appear in the sidebar.

federal resources on essa's foster care provisions

Joint Guidance on the Foster Care Provisions of ESSA - Issued by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 23, 2016. This guidance sends a strong message to schools and districts that the needs of children in foster care must be addressed. The provisions go into effect December 10, 2016. State and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.


fostering connections act

The Fostering Connections Act is a federal child welfare law that places requirements on child welfare agencies to work with schools to support the education needs of children in foster care. Since its passage in 2008, the Fostering Connections Act has brought much-needed attention to the critical importance of education stability for children in foster care.

fostering connections state implementation toolkit

Download Toolkit

A step-by-step guide to implementing the education provisions of the Fostering Connections Act. The guide should be used in conjunction with the Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation Toolkit. It includes:

  • Short Question and Answer Factsheet
  • Step-by-Step Implementation Checklists
  • Judicial Checklist
  • Detailed Issue Briefs on All Requirements With State Examples
  • Factsheet About Overlap with McKinney-Vento Act
  • Appendix of Statutory Language and Administrative Guidance