Improve grad rates foster care—9th grade; fall behind; make up necessary; highest population in Clark County frequently in lowest performing schools; disturbing trend
Specific policy area: Bringing light to this population; Raising the graduation rate; incoming freshmen; identify students; apply the supports; No family/education support; Narrow graduation rates (children in foster care have lower grad rarest than homeless, etc.). Without guidance/improvement--many students end up on public assistance or are incarcerated
Freshman year is a crucial time--principal gets assessment, but it’s “watered down”; meets w/counselor, etc.
Modification of IEP (Individualized Education Program)
Dr. Bruner’s Questions/Feedback:
What is the status quo in the Clark County system /foster care?
Educational support/networks for foster youth! Who’s there to help them? How many people are there to help them?
Need to spell it out--need to know what is going on now
What is the big picture of educational networks in foster care?
What Info/Resources Greg Will Need:
Guidelines for information sharing
Info transferred to high school…middle school isn’t going to call the high school if he’s not in trouble
Constraints by Law; from info sharing;
Rationale for the constraints
What they can / can’t do because of law
Wants to eventually find evidence -based programs; IEP Beneficial or Holding them Back
Progressive Discipline Strategy w/in IEP : Less School Time; Lack of Graduation; Number of Absences
Lawrence Weekly PPY 731/781
Policy Issue: African American Males--as they age out of NV foster care
African American males lowest statistics in college, etc., many not reunited w/families; one foster home to another;
Map: collect data; how to map; disparities in this population
Judicial system; JJS; create a graph—disparity
Figure out foster care youth – all of NV-statistics, etc. (statewide)
Trends in NV
What are the aging out resources for everyone?
Resources for African American males
Of the African American males aging out, explore these consequences: