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Action Required Regarding Foster Care

The Texas Education Agency posted a letter on September 10th with information regarding new guidance in Federal Law and State Law in regards to foster care. Please see the letter at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769817433 for full information.


Action Required:

“TEC, §7.029(b-1) requires TEA to collect data through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) regarding the “Foster Care” status of students.”

“Information may be found in the 2014-15 Addendum Release of PEIMS Data Standards, Section 2: Data Submission Requirements, 102 record, http://www.tea.state.tx.us/peims/. Supplemental guidance for the 2014-15 school year was developed to assist LEAs with understanding appropriate documentation for the purpose of PEIMS reporting. To view and download visit:http://www.tea.state.tx.us/FosterCareStudentSuccess/Resources/.”

“TEC, §25.007(9) requires LEAs to notify a student’s DFPS caseworker and education decision-maker of events that may significantly impact the education of the student …”

“TEC, § 33.904 requires each LEA to designate at least one Foster Care Liaison and notify TEA of its liaison’s appointment. Currently, only 50% of LEAs have reported their liaisons in compliance with the statute. The liaison list is published in accordance with statutory requirements athttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/FosterCareStudentSuccess/liaisons/. Please review the list and ensure that contact information is provided and is accurate.”

TEA Contact Information:

If you have questions or need further assistance please visit TEA’s Foster Care & Student Success webpage athttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/FosterCareStudentSuccess/, email fostercareliaison@tea.state.tx.us, contact your local education service center, or contact Kelly Kravitz in the Division of Federal & State Education Policy at (512) 936-6060.

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