News & Current Events

AB 167 - Foster Youth High School Graduation Requirements

AB 167 was signed into Law on October 11, 2009, and is intended to help children in Foster care graduate High School on time. Now, if a foster child transfers between Districts or High Schools during the 11th or 12th grade, they may be exempted from any local graduation requirements that are in addition to the state mandated graduation requirements.

School Districts are to determine whether or not a student "is reasonably able" to meet the additional requirements in time to graduate.

If it is determined that the local requirements are an unreasonable expectation for the student, the District must notify the exempted foster student, and the person who holds educational rights for that student. These two parties must also be notified if exemption will affect the student's ability to be admitted to a postsecondary institution.

The School District must also inform the exempted foster youth and his or her educational rights holder about the transfer opportunities available through the California Community College system.

Hopefully this new law will allow more foster youth to receive their diploma on time!

AB 81 - Foster Youth & Interscholastic Athletics

AB 81 was signed into Law on August 6, 2009. This bill requires that a foster child who changes residences pursuant to a court order or decision of a child welfare worker be immediately deemed to meet all residency requirements for participation in interscholastic sports or other extracurricular activities.