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School-Based Mental Health Centers Play Vital Role for Hispanic and Black Students

In 2015, 36 percent of Hispanic high schools students and 27.3 percent of black students reported feeling so sad or hopeless every day for two or more weeks that they stopped doing some of their usual activities, according to the state Department of Public Health’s 2015 Connecticut Youth Risk Behavior Survey. By comparison, 22.6 percent of white students answered the same.

Stress, Bias Seen Affecting Suspension Rates

Research studies suggest that challenges students face outside the classroom and unacknowledged biases among teachers both are factors in higher discipline rates for students who are black, male, or have disabilities.

Rules to Reduce Racial Bias in Student Discipline in Review

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reviewing an Obama-era policy that tried to counter racial bias in school discipline and lessen penalties for student infractions. That’s putting a spotlight on what causes disparities in school discipline and how they can be fixed.

School Resource Officers Play an Important Role in School Safety

The Cumberland County sheriff’s office was given countywide responsibility 30 years ago, when then-Fayetteville Police Chief Ron Hansen suggested school duty was better suited for the sheriff’s office because schools are governed and operated by county government.

How Philly Schools Are Cutting out Bad Behavior and Improving Academics

Credit a reboot of student discipline and a system of school operation that teaches kids how to behave in every scenario and rewards positive behavior. Rather than only negatively reacting to misdeeds, every adult in the building creates clear expectations and goes out of his or her way to honor good conduct as a way of preventing trouble.

Tennessee Governor Proposes Juvenile Justice Reform

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing legislation that would make several changes to the state’s juvenile justice policies and spending plans, including limitations on the use of detention and increased resources for rural parts of the state.

Indiana Bill Aims to Cut Unequal School Suspension and Expulsion Rates

The goal is to have school districts—with parental feedback—develop a graduated “positive discipline” system that leads to punitive punishment and lost school time only as a last resort. It would also require schools to factor in the role that formative traumatic stress plays on student behavior.

Is School-Discipline Reform Moving Too Fast?

Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools, responded to criticism by seeking additional feedback from teachers and principals, ensuring that top officials from the district visit schools throughout the year to see firsthand the changes in progress. She plans to introduce tweaks along the way—by adding more opportunities for kids to work on social and emotional skills, for example.

This May Be the Key to Graduating At-Risk Students

Unlike most mentoring programs in the United States, which offer a few months or years of involvement, Friends of the Children offers kids 12 years of continuous mentorship from kindergarten to high school graduation.

Baltimore School Suspensions Fell Last Year

There were about 6,800 suspensions and expulsions last school year, down from nearly 8,500 the year before. The nearly 20-percent drop comes as city schools CEO Sonja Santelises has put renewed emphasis on positive behavioral interventions.

Clark County’s (NV) Recovery High School Helps At-Risk Pupils

The so-called recovery high school, on the site of the former Biltmore Continuation High School, is a first for Clark County. But it’s part of a national movement that began in the mid-1980s and has accelerated amid soaring overdose deaths associated with the opioid epidemic.

Should Texas Change Law to Keep 17-Year-Olds out of Adult Jails?

The Texas Juvenile Justice Coalition wants lawmakers to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18 in the 2019 legislative session. The ACLU of Texas, Texans Care for Children, Texas PTA, Texas Appleseed, and Disability Rights Texas joined the coalition during a press conference inside the State Capitol Friday.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Announces Office of Youth and Family Advocacy

The Office will serve as a firsthand resource working directly with youth and families to foster communication and amplify their voice in the ongoing improvement of the juvenile justice system. Youth and families will have an additional avenue to raise concerns and engage with the Department to ensure youth and family needs are addressed.

A District That Ditched In-School Suspensions

Located in every district school, planning centers represent a fundamental shift in the approach to student discipline: students go from having little, or no, say in how they’re disciplined to being empowered to assess and correct their own behavior, district CEO Eric Gordon said.