Graduation Rate of 35 Percent? Many Foster Children ‘Robbed of a Good Education’
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Laura Bauer and Judy Thomas, The Kansas City Star
Many kids who age out of foster care will end up homeless, jobless, and in prison because, in part, they were shortchanged on education. Shuffled from home to home, often sent outside their original school districts, they fall behind early and don’t catch up.
In every pocket of the nation, high school graduation rates for foster children are significantly lower than for all other “special population groups,” including homeless students and those with disabilities. Nationally, 2 to 9 percent of foster youth obtain a bachelor’s degree.