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The System of Care in Clayton County, Georgia

This video by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation details the system of care in Clayton County, Georgia, designed to support young men of color from dropping out of school and becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.

Superintendents Surveyed about Suspensions

Superintendents say teachers are the group most likely to object to policies that would reduce student suspensions, according to a new national survey on school discipline released Monday by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the nonprofit advocacy group the Children’s Defense Fund.

Announcements

MENTOR

2015 National Mentoring Summit

“Expanding the Mentoring Effect” workshop sessions highlight research, program models, technology, and other resources that have been shown to have positive effects on youth mentoring.

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Incarceration in America Conference

Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, this two-day conference will discuss incarceration in America with a focus on improving the justice system, which has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world.

Webinars

Publications

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.

State Trends: Updates from the 2013-2014 Legislative Session

This report from Campaign for Youth Justice provides a summary of what states have done to increase the age of jurisdiction among youth involved with the justice system, and documents reform trends from across the country.

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KnowBullying

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and support to address youth bullying.

Recent headlines

Discipline Debates Turn to Broad Terms Like ‘Defiance’

As school districts around the country have revised their discipline codes, many are zeroing in on limiting or eliminating the ability to suspend students for broad offenses like “willful defiance” and “disruption.”

New Hampshire Launches Statewide School Safety Initiative with COPsync911

Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan joined national, state and local officials in sharing program details during a press conference in Londonderry, New Hampshire to announce the statewide school safety initiative, as reported in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state’s leading print newspaper.

New Law Limits School Discipline Measure

Assembly Bill 420—signed by California Governor Jerry Brown—eliminates willful defiance or disruption of school activities as a reason to expel students.