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NYC public schools fail foster children, according to a report

By 01/25/2023 11:25 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

A report released on Wednesday claims that the public school system has let down the thousands of kids who are in foster care each year.

According to recent Advocates for Children statistics that were received through a Freedom of Information Law request, students in foster care see some of the worst trends in attendance, suspensions, and test scores of any student cohort.

According to the study, one in five youngsters in foster care drops out at some point during high school.

Erika Palmer, a supervising attorney with Advocates for Children, said in a statement, “Youth in the foster system has immense potential that too frequently goes unmet because the systems responsible for their care and education have failed to meet their needs.”

Several recommendations were made in the report, including training for teachers and staff, excellent communication with families and caregivers, and the provision of specialized behavioral and mental health services.

An estimated 7,500 pupils every year, or a small portion of all public school students, spend time in foster care. Advocates claim that means are frequently ignored.

However, according to Palmer, a school system made up only of foster children from New York City would be larger than the majority of districts in the state and have some of the worst results in all of New York.

According to state exams, at least 80% of students in foster care were not proficient in reading and math before the outbreak.

Half of the foster children who are deemed “chronically” absent miss one of every ten school days. While absenteeism hurts all kids, it may be more detrimental to foster youth struggling with housing and family instability.



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