UPDATE, January 21, 2013: Last Monday, January 14, President Obama signed the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (see history below) into law.
August 3, 2012: Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), at left, and co-sponsors, Senators Charles Grassely (R-IA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Begich (D-AL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Al Franken (D-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced a companion bill to Rep. Karen Bass's (D-Los Angeles) A+Plus Act (H.R. 5871). The Uninterrupted Scholars Act addresses the unintentional barriers of student privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for youth in care.
The bill would allow child welfare administrators to access student records as they are required to do by the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (P.L. 110-351). It also makes records available for studies on the educational outcomes of youth in care and also eliminates duplicative notice and time delays in transferring school records...
Senator Landrieu acknowledged on the Senate floor and at a recent Hill briefing that the problem was brought to her attention by former foster youth who were interning on the Hill this summer as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption’s Foster Youth Internship.
Earlier this summer: WASHINGTON, DC—Former foster youth interning in Congress this summer will get a little help from
the Sara Start Fund for Foster Youth, a new venture announced today by the Congressional Coalition on
Adoption Institute (CCAI). With partners including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Under Armour and
matchbox food group, the Sara Start Fund is designed to help former foster youth get a start on their
professional lives by providing a stipend for a business wardrobe and informal career counseling. The
Phillips Collection art museum will provide special enrichment activities.