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Foster care bills expected to pass Assembly

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A package of thirteen bills to help foster youth is expected to pass the assembly Tuesday. Lawmakers say there are too many barriers preventing children who grow out of the foster care system the chance to get a college education.

Under one proposal, foster youth could go to any U-W college or technical school in the state for free. They would get tuition paid for up to 12 semesters.

Also a pilot program would help ensure legal representation for parents involved in child abuse or neglect cases. Another part of the package would require school districts to send a foster care students transcripts within a day to their new school. This is to help ease the transition process.

All bills together are expected to cost somewhere between 4-5 million.

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