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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m…
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Legislation Limiting Restraint and Forbidding Seclusion in Schools Heads to Final Committee Stop

Lawmakers appear closer than ever to passing legislation ending restraining and secluding children with special needs at school. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education approved the bill (SB 1644), sponsored by Sen. Lauren Book,…
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Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Solitary Confinement for Florida Children in Juvenile Detention

More than 4,300 Florida children in juvenile detention centers spent time in solitary confinement over a 12-month period through June 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That is almost one in three of all children serving…
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Florida Law Requiring Students to Inform School Districts on Mental Health History is Problematic - The Orlando Sentinel

Has student ever been referred to mental health services? This is quite possibly the most loaded question any parent has been forced to answer on a school registration form. It’s also the most loaded question school districts have been…
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A Push for More Civil Citations for Volusia County Students - WMFE

Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (FAITH) has been asking school officials and law enforcement to issue more juvenile civil citations to eligible students in Volusia County. Read more.
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More Eyes Being Fixed on Volusia-Flagler Juveniles on Probation - The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Law enforcement in Daytona Beach is now using smartphones as electronic monitoring of juvenile offenders serving probation. Juveniles are able to use the smartphones to text, make phone calls, and use Wi-Fi; law enforcement is able to use the…
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Volusia County Sheriff's Office Launches Program to Help Juvenile Offenders - WFTV-9

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office announced that it will launch a program that will monitor juvenile offenders via ankle monitors and make in-home visits with said offenders. VCSO said that the program will allow officers to respond more…
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Volusia County Parents Up in Arms, Say Autistic Children Treated like Criminals - WFTV9

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is being sued by Volusia County families who are alleging that federal money is not being spent to properly care for their disabled children in schools. Autistic children are racking up criminal records…