AB 490 was passed in 2003 and became effective January 1, 2004. Its provisions charge school districts, county social service agencies, and other professionals with additional responsibilities to facilitate educational equity for foster children. Recognizing how often these children face educational disruptions, AB 490 added new provisions to the law and amended others, mostly in the California Education Code. If these provisions are followed, they should facilitate stability and educational opportunity in the best interest of each child in foster care.
Unfortunately, as Special Education Program Director for The Alliance for Children's Rights Jill Rowland explains, not all school districts are aware of the law or follow its mandate.
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