NSBA Praises New Law Promoting Education of Foster Children

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This new law, signed by President Barack Obama on Monday, amends provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to permit local education agencies to provide educational records to child welfare agencies that are legally responsible for the care and protection of a student, including the educational stability of a child in foster care.

“Assuring the educational success of vulnerable children, such as those in the child welfare system is an important priority for local school boards, as is protecting their privacy," said Michael A. Resnick, NSBA’s Associate Executive Director for Public Policy and Federal Advocacy. “Federal policy increasingly calls for public school districts to collect and share data on individual students. Federal initiatives require data collection to ascertain, among other things, individual student progress, student demographics, and student disciplinary actions.”

NSBA recognizes that this data collection and sharing may be necessary to achieve important goals such as interagency collaboration in youth services, closing the achievement gap, and improving instruction and student outcomes.

“The Uninterrupted Scholars Act is a step forward in assuring successful educational outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children,” said Resnick.

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