The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously adopted the ECC's Blueprint for Raising the Educational Achievement of Foster and Probation Youth.

ITEM S-1: Discussion of the Education Coordinating Council’s Blueprint for Raising the Educational Achievement of Foster and Probation Youth, as arranged by Supervisor Antonovich.

José Huizar, Chair of the Education Coordinating Council, gave a presentation on the Council’s Blueprint for Raising the Educational Achievement of Foster and Probation Youth. Berisha Black, Judge Nash, and Sharon Watson also addressed the Board. Supvs Antonovich and Yaroslavsky moved that the Board:  

  1.) adopt the Education Coordinating Council’s Blueprint, including its 7 basic agreements for those responsible for the educational success of foster and probation youth, and the 12 program and accountability recommendations for improving the educational achievement of these youth;
  2.) direct the Educational Coordinating Council, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, to convene a meeting of all school district Superintendents in the County in order to provide a briefing of the Blueprint and create other strategies for implementing the recommendations pertinent to the school districts;
  3.) direct the ECC to report back to the Board every six months on the progress made in implementing the recommendations identified in the Blueprint, (specifically how recommendation No. 2 will be implemented).
Supv Molina moved that that the Board direct the County departments report on the following by April 4, 2006:
  1.) DCFS, Probation, DMH and LACOE report back with a specific plan to implement the ECC Blueprint;
  2.) DCFS report on whether they have begun requesting individual orders in each child’s Juvenile Dependency case, enabling DCFS to obtain educational information from the school districts, and if not, why not;
  3.) the CAO, County Counsel, DCFS and Probation draft a legislative amendment to improve the social workers’ access to educational information under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act; and 4) DCFS and Probation to report back to the Board with a proposal to ensure that the ECC’s proposed Educational Case Plan is meaningful, and which outlines how the departments will ensure that each child’s plan is implemented.

SUPVS ANTONOVICH/YAROSLAVSKY AND MOLINA MOTIONS APPROVED

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