02.17.2019

The Daily Herald: Boost Funding to Help More Foster Kids Graduate

As the state’s school districts continue work to raise graduation rates, a significant portion of that effort will need to focus on the approximately 10,000 children in the state’s foster care system.

Statewide, the overall graduation rate is now about 79 percent, although many individual school districts are reporting higher percentages for graduation within four years. But for youths in foster care, that statewide rate is as low as 43 percent in four years and 49 percent in five.

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