Foster grade report sought

A Kansas senator is seeking a bill to develop report cards on all children in foster care. Molly Bumgardner said Monday too many foster children do not graduate from high school on time, and frequently wind up in legal trouble as an adult.

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State News

March 18, 2020 - 10:15 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — House lawmakers must approve a bill that would require Kansas to develop annual academic report cards on all children in foster care because few graduate from high school on time, a state legislator said.

Less than 40% of Kansas foster children who were seniors last year completed high school, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The state’s Department of Education and the Department for Children and Families do not track the academic performance of the more than 7,000 children in the foster care system.

Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner told House legislators Monday that too many foster children end up in correctional facilities when they should be going to college.

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