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Center for Children's Law and Policy

Apply Now for Racial and Ethnic Disparities Project Support

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) is now accepting applications from local jurisdictions interested in receiving intensive site-based technical assistance to implement strategic, data-driven efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, or disproportionate minority contact, in their juvenile justice system.

Webinars

SDCPSquare

School Discipline Webinar for School Administrators, Educators, and Staff

This webinar reviews a groundbreaking report released by the CSG Justice Center in June 2014, which provides 60 bipartisan field-driven policy and practice recommendations to provide students with safe, productive learning environments; effectively respond to students’ behavioral health needs; limit [...]

Publications

School Safety Special Feature

School Safety Special Feature

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service has compiled resources on topics associated with school safety for youth, including topics on bullying, violence, and school safety training. In addition, it provides information on the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, which aims to produce information on evidence-based practices for keeping schools safe.

Dignity in Schools

Accountability Guidelines on School Pushout and Charter Schools

The guidelines from the Dignity in Schools Campaign encourage all schools that receive public funding to implement best practices that will help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through inclusive and positive school discipline practices.

National Institute of Corrections

Desktop Guide for Working with Youth in Confinement

Divided into two parts, this guide first explores the background principles, concepts, and knowledge at the core of juvenile justice and services for youth in confinement, and then highlights quality practice, including the skills needed to effectively serve youth in confinement.

American Bar Association

Foster Care and Education

This issue brief from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education explains how federal guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on school discipline can be implemented to help improve outcomes for children in foster care.

Climate Change: Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching

Climate Change: Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching

Citing that teachers do not always have the preparation and support they need to develop engaging and effective learning environments, this report offers several federal-, state-, and local-level policy recommendations intended to facilitate a positive school climate.

Recent headlines

Pipeline to Prison: System Fails Special Ed Students

Each year, thousands of Mississippi teens cycle through the justice system, where experts say the quality of education is often low. Incarcerated juveniles have the same educational rights as those outside — five hours of instruction a day that meet their learning needs, including special education. The state does not currently track how many of those juvenile offenders are entitled to those extra education services, but according to a 2010 federal survey, 30 percent of youth in custody of the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed learning disability — six times the amount in the general population.

Montgomery County Partnership Targeting Youth with Substance Abuse Issues

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, South Community Inc., along with the support of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, hosted a community overview to kick off the expansion of much needed outpatient adolescent substance abuse and co-occurring treatment in the community! South Community, Inc., a private behavioral health group, and Montgomery County Juvenile Court collaborated to bring the program, The Seven Challenges, to the area.

For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline

Prompted by changing police tactics and a zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests over the past 20 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates.