DeVonís legislation helping students in foster care advances to governor

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, March 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2018) — State Rep. Dale DeVon’s (R-Granger) legislation requiring an annual report on the educational outcomes of youth in foster care could soon become law.

DeVon said House Enrolled Act 1314 would task the Department of Education, the Department of Child Services and the State Board of Education with preparing a report on educational outcomes for youth in foster care.

According to DeVon, 56 percent of children in foster care graduate from high school, with three percent graduating from college.

“Currently, the Indiana Department of Education has very little data on how the 30,000 children in foster care perform in school,” DeVon said. “All children deserve to have a successful academic career that is not defined by the circumstances they are dealing with at home. This legislation could result in us developing tools on how to better serve students in foster care.”

DeVon said findings of the report could provide direction on how to improve graduation rates in the state.

For more information on House Enrolled Act 1314, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,

                                                                                                        which includes parts of St. Joseph county.                                                                                                                

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