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Florida to Require Mental Health Classes in Public Schools Starting in Sixth Grade

Public schools will be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade, under a mandate approved by the state Board of Education Wednesday and hailed by Florida's top educator as a “life…
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Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing…
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U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained or Secluded, Watchdog Says

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately…
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Report: Students of Color, Disabled Students More Likely to Receive Corporal Punishment

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA finds in states which allow corporal punishment, students of color and disabled students are more likely to receive the discipline than…
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Florida Man Sues After School Resource Officer Taunts Autistic Son

Evan Dowdey was 13 years old and had the cognitive ability of a first-grade student when he threw a book at a teacher in 2017. School resource officer Ural Darling reportedly told Evan that he would be confined to a mental…
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Positive Youth Outcomes Committee LGBTQI Overview and Call to Action

On June 3 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar - LGBTQI Introductory Overview and Call to Action Shannon Wilber, Esq., Youth Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights along…
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FREE Webinar: Improving Your Local Juvenile Justice System Through Cross System Collaboration - June 17 at 1:00 PM

This webinar will provide practical examples of how state and local jurisdictions can collaborate across systems, including the juvenile justice, education, and welfare systems, to facilitate successful improvements to their juvenile justice…
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Desperation and Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students or Lock Them in Rooms

Every time Jennifer Tidd's son was secluded or restrained at school, she received a letter from his teachers. Her son has autism and behavioral issues, and over three years — from 2013 to 2016 — Tidd got 437 of those letters. "I see…
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High School Suspensions Cost the Country $35 Billion Annually, Report Estimates

When students get suspended from school for a few days, they may not be the only ones who miss out. A report released today by UCLA's Civil Rights Project tries for the first time to quantify the full social cost of so-called "exclusionary…
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FREE Webinar: Positive Youth Outcomes Committee LGBTQI Overview and Call to Action

On June 3 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar - LGBTQI Introductory Overview and Call to Action Shannon Wilber, Esq., Youth Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights along…
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Pushed Out and Punished: One Woman's Story Shows How Systems Are Failing Black Girls

Black girls don’t misbehave more, experts say, yet they often receive more severe penalties for the same behavior as white peers. Read more.
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Juvenile Lifers Struggle to Navigate Reentry After Release

In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles automatically sentenced to life without parole must have a chance for release. But juvenile lifers who left prison say society wasn't prepared for them. Read more.