On January 26, 2022, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed into law Act 1 of 2022, the Fostering A Smooth Transition for Graduation Act. This Act, which is effective immediately, amends the school code to support students experiencing educational instability by ensuring access to timely graduation and the full range of educational opportunities. The law defines “education instability” as one or more school changes in a year due to homelessness, an adjudication of dependency or delinquency, or a court-ordered voluntary placement or custody agreement. Without targeted support, youth who are forced to change schools due to homelessness, or foster care or juvenile justice system involvement, are at high risk of not graduating high school. Act 1 helps youth experiencing education instability achieve school success through graduation planning, smoother transfer of academic credits, and targeted educational supports.

We will be updating our materials soon. Download the fact sheet below to learn more about the details of S.B. 324, which both chambers of the Pennsylvania legislature passed unanimously and Governor Wolf signed into law. 


About the Expert

Kate Burdick focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability, special education issues for court-involved youth, educational decision-making, education for youth in facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues.