Sen. Mary Landrieu on Foster Care, Education and a Growing Movement

On August 2nd, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced  the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.

The bill would amend education policy that currently precludes many adults and institutions from access to an individual student’s records. This makes sense in most contexts , but for foster children, who do not live with their biological parents, not having access to school records can create major hurdles in their educational success.

In this interview Sen. Landrieu discusses the importance of the law and the increased attention on foster care and children’s issues in Washington D.C. and around the country.

- Daniel Heimpel

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4 thoughts on “Sen. Mary Landrieu on Foster Care, Education and a Growing Movement

  1. I agree and fully support this as it is crucial that children in out of home care have immediate access to their education records as even a one day delay from being able to go to school causes additional stress for them. It is imperative that in this day and age with fax accessibility that the ed records be available immediately so the youth does not need to face going to school and then be denied entrance that day – he/she has already faced so much loss/trauma often times and research is clear that routine and predictibility be foremost in the minds of the adults in the education system. Folks please support this bill on behalf of all youth across America that so richly deserve access to their records in an expediate manner. (I am a Foster Parent that has watched the face of too many youth that were excited & nervous about attending the first day of school in a whole new community/school setting. Yes, they were told “I am sorry but we do not have your records yet.” Please do not let this happen to any more youth in this day and age of modern technology.)

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