CO Schools, Activists Sue Over Foster Care Student Transport Law

CO Schools, Activists Sue Over Foster Care Student Transport Law

August 15, 2018

Six school districts, two associations, and two individuals are “pushing back against a new state law aimed at improving school transportation for students in foster care,” Christie Renick reports for the Chronicle of Social Change. This law (HB 18-1306)—which helps Colorado comply with ESSA’s foster youth transportation provision—allocates nearly three million dollars to “ensure students in foster care have transportation to their so-called schools-of-origin, referring to where they were enrolled at the time they entered foster care.” The lawsuit states that section 7 of the law “allows students to be moved from one district to another without the consent of districts and without limiting that option to students in foster care,” or, “in other words, the law encourages school choice and makes it harder for districts to hang onto state education funds that follow students from school to school.”