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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) addresses additional protections for students in foster care and establishes a system of joint responsibility for school districts, the state education agency, and the state and local child welfare agencies to ensure the educational stability of students in foster care. [See TEA’s Foster Care and Student Success website at and the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services’ Non- Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care at atorguide.pdf.] ESSA requires each Texas school district to collaborate with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to develop and implement clear, written procedures for how transportation to maintain a student in foster care in his or her school of origin (unless it is not in the student’s best interest) will be provided, arranged, and funded.

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