11 July 2014
Back in May, the US Department of Education issued guidance on application of FERPA for students in foster care noting changes resulting from the Uninterrupted Scholars Act requiring greater access by caseworkers and courts. In addition, the Department launched a web page for students from foster care.
7 July 2014
American Association of Community Colleges publishes article on colleges reaching out to former foster youth students. Includes student profile, best practices, and mention of various programs around the country, including Education Reach for Texans.
2 July 2014
Education Reach for Texans receives notification from the IRS confirming our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Our status is retroactive to our incorporation date of 18 June 2013.
20 June 2014
THECB report on usage of the state tuition waiver at Texas colleges and universities (courtesy of Shannon Ramsey).
19 June 2014
More press coverage, this time in the Dallas Observer for UNT's PUSH student organization and their president, Jackie Davis.
18 June 2014
Education Reach for Texans and several foster care alumni appear in well-researched articles in the Texas Tribune. One article focuses on FCA postsecondary education benefits and the second on six specific alumni.
5 June 2014
The wonderful Dewy Brooks has posted his photos from the 5th Annual Convening. Check out our History page and click the photo to visit Dewy's gallery.
2 June 2014
Both our 2014 Youth Gathering and 5th Annual Convening were a great success last week. We're still in the process for reviewing our registration and posting presentations from the events. If you were not able to attend or you were there and want to review a presentation, see our Convening Presentations page.
30 May 2014
On the day of the 5th Annual Convening, Education Reach for Texans announces that next year's convening will be hosted by Dallas County Community College District in June 2015. See the Convening page for regular updates about the 6th Annual Convening.
27 May 2014
The Education Reach for Texans Board Advisory Board met on Tuesday, 27 May. This was the last of our weekly pre-convening meetings. Please see the Meetings Minutes page for notes from the call.
20 May 2014
The Education Reach for Texans Board Advisory Board met on Tuesday, 20 May. Please see the Meetings Minutes page for notes from the call.
2 May 2014
To ensure maximum participation by current and former foster youth, Education Reach for Texans has decided to waive the registration fee for the 2014 Youth Gathering. Youth may now register and attend the event for free. Many thanks to our host, Austin Community College, for providing facilities and lunch for the attendees. All registrations through April will be refunded. Youth who desiring to attend the event can register here.
8 April 2014
UT El Paso informs us of their Foster Homeless Adopted Resources (FHAR) program. We have added them to our growing list of postsecondary programs for foster alumni in our resources.
Links of Interest
Clint Rodenfels maintains a list of useful and interesting web links related to foster care alumni and success in postsecondary education. The latest links added the list appear below. The entire list is available here.