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Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms

Council of State Governments Justice Center

This report examines the impact of extensive steps that policymakers took between 2007 and 2011 to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The dataset used to conduct this study draws on more than 1.3 million individual case records assembled across databases maintained by three state agencies. 

Webinar: The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System

This webinar will review 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 the use of suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the juvenile justice system for minor, school-based offenses, and support educators in building positive school and classroom climates.

D.C. Anti-truancy Program is Getting More Kids to School

The Washington Post

Case workers during the past two years have begun working with D.C. families to figure out what is causing problems in attendance problems and how they can help. The program, Show Up, Stand Out, is having some success, according to an evaluation of the first year’s results. Nearly 80 percent of the families involved in the program during the 2012-2013 school year improved their children’s’ attendance.

Suspensions and Expulsions Down in D.C. Charter Schools

The Washington Post

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has made it a priority to reduce expulsions and out-of-school suspensions in recent years. According to a recent report, the expulsion rate for D.C. public charter schools in the past school year was about half of what it was two years before, and the rate of out-of-school suspensions decreased by about 20 percent in one year.

U.S. Criticizes Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools

The New York Times

The Obama administration issued guidelines that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students for even minor, nonviolent offenses.