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Annie Lee

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Annie Lee

Annie Lee

Name of Host Organization: National Center for Youth Law
City, State: Oakland, California
Issue area: Education/Special Education, Children/Youth
Sponsors: Oracle Corporation, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Project

Annie improved educational outcomes of California foster youth by ensuring effective implementation of the landmark foster youth education provisions of Assembly Bill 97 (Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF) through legal and policy advocacy.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
In California, more than 57,000 children are in foster care. Given the abuse or neglect that resulted in their removal from their parents and the additional trauma from instability in the child welfare system, foster youth face academic challenges. Even when compared with similarly economically disadvantaged students, foster youth are less likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, or remain in college. In 2013, California passed Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and became the first state in the country to hold school districts accountable for the educational outcomes of foster youth. LCFF implementation at the state and local levels presents unprecedented opportunity to close the foster youth achievement gap.