Education specialists serve each of the DFPS 11 regions as well as an education policy specialist located in state office. Policy requires the use of an education portfolio (green binder) to go with the child when placements are changed.
DFPS amended its policy in CPS Handbook 4121 to strengthen requirements to help ensure a child is maintained in his or her school when a removal takes place or, if in care, when a placement change takes place. The education section of the Child Service Plan was amended to ask staff specifically to address education stability issues.
Memos and training have been provided to staff on this topic.
In 2011 the Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families set up a committee to review educational issues for children in DFPS care and make recommendations. See the Final Report of the Education Committee.