Education officials ramp up focus on foster youth, but advocates ask if it’s enough

April 1, 2019 | Chalkbeat New York

A year after a New York City task force laid out an ambitious action plan for better serving children in foster care, city education officials promised to ensure more students in foster care are using academic enrichment and mentoring programs.

But that effort — largely building on what already exists — still falls short of what advocates and elected officials want in a new push to support those students.

“It’s good that someone is thinking about how to connect kids in foster care to existing DOE programs, but we think that more is needed,” said Randi Levine, policy director at advocacy group Advocates For Children New York.

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