$21M pledged to support students in care

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$21M pledged to support students in care

Ontario will spend $21 million over three years on student transportation and other education support to boost outcomes for children and youth in foster care and group homes.

The money will help school boards pay for busing so kids in the care won’t have to switch schools when they move. It will also help children’s aid societies hire educational liaison staff to develop education plans and co-ordinate school and community supports to ensure these vulnerable children and youth reach their full potential.

“This funding will bring stability to students at a critical time that will enable them to focus on their education,” Education Minister Mitzie Hunter said in a statement Monday.

“Students will also be able to maintain important relationships in school with friends, staff and educators, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond,” she said.