SB 1006 Children in foster care; public schools shall provide free education.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)
School enrollment of children placed in foster care.  Requires that whenever a student has been placed in foster care and the social services agency is unable to produce the required documents for enrollment, the student must be immediately enrolled and the person enrolling the student must provide a written statement that, to the best of his knowledge, sets forth the student's age, compliance with notice requirements regarding good standing in the previous school, and that the student is in good health and is free from communicable or contagious disease.  The sending and receiving school divisions must cooperate in facilitating the enrollment of the foster child across jurisdictional lines and may agree to allow the child to continue to attend the school in which he was enrolled prior to the most recent foster care placement, upon the agreement of the placing social services agency that such attendance is in the best interest of the child.  If the student is allowed to continue to attend the previous school, the receiving school division will be accorded foster children education payments and may enter into financial arrangements with the sending school division.  Local school divisions are required to expedite the transfer of the scholastic record of the student.  Social Services agencies are required to notify, within 72 hours of placing a child in foster care placement, the principal of the school in which the student is to be enrolled and the superintendent of the relevant school division or his designee and to inform the principal of the status of the parental rights.  The bill clarifies that no foster child can be charged tuition.  However, the provisions relating to immediate enrollment and across jurisdictional placements will only apply to children who are subjects of foster care placements through entrustments or commitments to the local social services board or licensed child-placing agency and will not apply to children whose parents have an agreement with the local board or public agency through the community policy and management team where legal custody remains with the parents.  The second enactment clause requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services to issue a memorandum as soon as practicable after the enactment of this bill to inform local school division superintendents and local social services agencies of its provisions.

Full text:
01/11/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 051452732  pdf | impact statement
02/04/05  Senate: Committee substitute printed 051551732-S1  pdf | impact statement
03/07/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1006ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/29/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0343)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments engrossed

Status:
01/11/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 051452732
01/11/05  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/04/05  Senate: Committee substitute printed 051551732-S1
02/04/05  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
02/07/05  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/05  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  Senate: Read second time
02/08/05  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/08/05  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 051551732-S1
02/08/05  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1006S1
02/08/05  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  Senate: Communicated to House
02/11/05  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/05  House: Read first time
02/11/05  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/16/05  House: Reported from Education with amendment (22-Y 0-N)
02/17/05  House: Read second time
02/18/05  House: Read third time
02/18/05  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/05  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/18/05  House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/18/05  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/22/05  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/05  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENT (39-Y 0-N)
03/07/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1006ER)
03/09/05  Senate: Enrolled
03/09/05  House: Signed by Speaker
03/11/05  Senate: Signed by President
03/21/05  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 343 (effective 7/1/05)
03/29/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0343)