President Obama reauthorizes federal education law with groundbreaking provisions for children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems
This month, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA is the first major overhaul of federal education law in over a decade. Among many new provisions, the law now requires states to ensure certain protections for vulnerable youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Although states and districts will be grappling with implementation of ESSA's many new provisions, the protections for youth in foster care hold great promise.