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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Taking Care of Crown Students

Regional | by Robyn Garvey  

New initiative in place to ensure students in foster care can get an education.

There's a new initiative underway for schools in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth aimed at closing the gap for students that are wards of the Crown.

These youth that live in foster care situations are going to be closely monitored to ensure they are not slipping through the cracks when it comes to their education.

Bruce Grey Catholic Superintendent Jerry Casey tells us the stats show these youth are more likely to drop out of school.

He notes they may also end up on public assistance, homeless or even in jail.

Casey says the aim of this new Crown Ward Education Championship program is to improve the educational outcomes of these youth.

Casey hopes by keeping a closer eye on these students; educators can ensure these students have the resources and support they need to succeed.

There are a number of partners in this initiative including five school boards, three Children’s Aid Societies, two colleges and three provincial Ministries.

Over the next two years, this team will receive 150 thousand dollars in start up funding.

The team will be meeting with Ministry representatives in early May to strategize on how to best serve these students.

They will also be charged with the task of helping to remove barriers for these youth when trying to pursue post secondary education and training.


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