Foster Transportation Plan
The Georgia Department of Education (Department) is required to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care. (ESEA section 1111 (g)(l )(E)). In coordination with state and tribal child welfare agencies, the Department must ensure that its LEAs implement the Title I educational stability requirements for children in foster care, including ensuring that:
- A child in foster care remains in his or her school of origin, unless it is detem1ined that remaining in the school of origin is not in that child’s best interest;
- If it is not in the child’s best interest to stay in his or her school of origin, the child is in1mediately enrolled in the new school even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment; and,
- That the new ( enrolling) school immediately contacts the school of origin to obtain relevant academic and other records. (ESEA section 111 l(g)(l)(E)(i) -(iii)). In fulfilling this role, the SEA should coordinate with the state or tribal child welfare agency to develop and disseminate uniform guidelines for implementing the Title I educational stability provisions. Developing uniform statew ide policies and procedures for ensuring educational stability for children in foster care, as many States have already done under the Fostering Connections Act, will facilitate successful in1plementation at the local level. This is particularly important given the shared agency responsibility for educational stability under Title I and the Fostering Connections Act, and because a single LEA or local child welfare agency will likely have to collaborate with multiple partner agencies in implementing these provisions.
Additionally, the SEA must conduct regular monitoring and oversight to guarantee appropriate implementation of these provisions at the local level. (See 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.33 l(d) , 200.328(a); 34 C.F.R. § 76.770).