Saturday, April 29, 2006

This Week's News: 29 April 2006

Foster Care

The unwanted
Las Vegas City Life, NV – April 27, 2006
... If you're interested in becoming a foster parent with Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, contact Mike Fletcher at 385-5331 or ...

The essence of real reform
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - April 27, 2006
Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced two bills that would keep foster youth connected with their siblings and provide them with more resources to ...

Walking the walk, CA - April 25, 2006
It is comforting to know that Solano County does more than merely talk the talk when it comes to helping vulnerable children. Here, we also walk the walk. ...

SAFY to kick off National Foster Care Month
Delphos Herald, OH - April 26, 2006
Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of America (SAFY) will host a special blue ribbon event to kick off National Foster Care Month at 10 am May 1. ...


Challenge Academy
WEAU-TV 13, WI - April 27, 2006
There are 84,000 kids in Wisconsin who are known as habitual truants or drop-outs. ... He was expelled from Chippewa Falls High School his sophomore year after he ...

The Silent Epidemic
NewsByUs, ID - April 27, 2006
... High school dropouts need options, not opt-outs ... as a major factor in their decision to leave school. ... refute the common assumption that students drop out because ...

High School Dropouts Gain Opportunity to Earn Diploma and College Degree
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance - April 26, 2006
Starting this fall, Community College of Philadelphia will become one of a handful of sites nationally to host a program that allows high school dropouts to work toward a diploma and an associate's college degree or certificate simultaneously.

Pilot Electronic Education Projects Debut Here
The Houston Chronicle, TX - April 25, 2006
Students at the new Texas Virtual Academy -- hosted by a Houston charter academy -- must spend 30 hours a week on lessons, but are required to show up in person only to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. The Southwest School boasts the first of five electronic course pilots launched by state lawmakers in 2003.

Juvenile Justice

On-Time Graduation Down, Juvenile Crime Up
WTOC, GA - April 27, 2006
... "It really indicates we don't have the resources needed or the competency that's needed," said Lorr Elias with the Department of Juvenile Justice. ...

State to close final 4 boot camps
Orlando Sentinel, FL - April 27, 2006
... Gus Barreiro, a Miami Beach Republican and chairman of the House Juvenile Justice Appropriations Committee. "There has never been an increase like that.". ...

Juvenile Justice
Sun-Sentinel, FL - April 24, 2006
ISSUE: Gov. Jeb Bush has a private meeting with the parents of Martin Lee Anderson. Gov. Jeb Bush met with the family of Martin ...

CPA: Events: 2006 Juvenile Justice Conference
Juvenile Justice Reform News - April 24, 2006
Continuing in that tradition, CPA will host a strategic legislative conference that brings together legislators interested in leading proactive, bi-partisan juvenile justice reform with policy experts ...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

This Week's News: 23 April 2006

Juvenile Justice

Black caucus vows to reform juvenile justice
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - April 20, 2006
... Legislators said today they support the protesters camped out at the governor's office and vowed to do everything they can to reform the juvenile justice system ...

Teen Court lets youths learn from peers
The Courier-Journal, IN - April 20, 2006
... Everyone else -- including bailiff, jurors and lawyers -- are ages 12 to 17. The program has become more important to juvenile justice in recent months. ...

Emily Metzgar: Proven system needs support in reaching more
The Shreveport Times, LA - April 18, 2006
At a time when news reports have raised questions about the administration of area youth service programs, Volunteers for Youth Justice can point to its Seal of Excellence certification from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. VYJ was among the first group of nonprofits statewide to earn such certification and it remains one of only three local nonprofits to have it.

California Juvenile Justice System in Crisis
Yahoo! News (Press Release) - April 19, 2006
... This new effort to reform California's troubled juvenile justice system follows on the heels of the successful landmark litigation against the California Youth ...

Florida Department of Education Awards Juvenile Justice Education
Business Wire (Press Release), CA - April 19, 2006
... selected its BASI(TM) (Basic Achievement Skills Inventory) series of assessments as the common assessment for the state's juvenile justice education programs. ...


Help for drop-outs — Mercer’s Second Chance program ...
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, WV - April 19, 2006
... National research shows drop-outs earn an average $9,200 a year less than high school graduates and have a far greater likelihood of winding up on welfare, in ...

City dropouts target of grant
Chicago Tribune, IL - April 18, 2006
With many high school dropouts saying they left school because they felt unchallenged in the classroom, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday gave $21 million to the Chicago Public Schools system to establish a more rigorous curriculum in city high schools.

High school graduation gap more than racial
Baltimore Sun, MD - April 19, 2006
White females had the highest graduation rate nationwide for the school year that ended in 2003, at 79 percent, according to the study. White males had the second highest rate of graduation at 74 percent, followed by Asian females at 73 percent and Asian males at 70 percent. Overall for 2003, the graduation rate was 72 percent for girls and 65 percent for boys.

Researchers disagree on rates
The Plain Dealer, OH - April 20, 2006
Everyone agrees there are too many high school dropouts. What they can't agree on is how many dropouts there are.

Zero-Tolerance Policy for Schools Blasted in Report as Overreaching
The Miami Herald, FL - April 20, 2006
A poorly defined and overused zero-tolerance policy, meant to deter violent crime in Florida public schools, has resulted in thousands of students being funneled into the juvenile detention system for minor offenses, according to a study released Thursday. The report, issued by the Advancement Project, an NAACP-affiliated group, says teachers are often turning over the task of disciplining students to school police, and “setting students on a schoolhouse-to-jailhouse track.”

Boys Are No Match for Girls in Completing High School
The New York Times, NY - April 19, 2006
Nationwide, about 72 percent of the girls in the high school class of 2003 — but only 65 percent of the boys — earned diplomas, a gender gap that is far more pronounced among minorities, according to a report being released today by the Manhattan Institute.

Foster Care

A call to action on foster children
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - April 20, 2006
"Every day, when I would come home from school, I would check to see if my bags were packed," one former foster youth poignantly recalled. ...

San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Apr 17, 2006
... abusing drugs and alcohol himself and doing stints in homeless shelters, Romero, 23, became one of the fewer than 10 percent of foster youth in California who ...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

This Week's News: 17 April 2006

Juvenile Justice

Question of balance in juvenile justice
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH – April 10, 2006
... Alucho was arrested and admitted to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center at 2:15 am; exactly 12 hours later, a magistrate released him with the ...

Judge slams plan to move St. Lucie juvenile court downtown
The Palm Beach Post, FL - April 14, 2006
FORT PIERCE — A plan to move St. Lucie County juvenile court from its 5-year-old courthouse on North Seventh Street back to downtown Fort Pierce doesn't seem like a good idea to Circuit Judge Scott Kenney, who hears juvenile and dependency cases.

Judge won't stop probe of juvenile detention center
The Palm Beach Post, FL - April 12, 2006
A judge expressed frustration Tuesday with Department of Juvenile Justice attorneys who have asked him repeatedly to stop an investigation into the local juvenile detention center.

Minority task force coordinator: City could set shining example
The Leaf Chronicle, TN - April 14, 2006
State Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force coordinator Ron King hopes Clarksville will be a cornerstone program in the bid to make Tennessee an example site for reforming the juvenile justice system.

When Kids Commit Crimes
Justice Talking March 15, 2006
There are thousands of juveniles, some as young as 12, serving life sentences with no hope of parole. Others are serving longer sentences in adult facilities or are warehoused in juvenile detention centers with few educational or health care services.

Study: Courts failing poor youths: inadequate counsel seen as Indiana’s key flaw
The Indianapolis Star, IN – April 12, 2006
Poor children in Indiana’s juvenile courts don’t get adequate legal representation and are more likely to be incarcerated than wealthier peers, according to a report commissioned by the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force.

Growing Up Behind Bars
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA – April 13, 2006
…Recent research on the developing brains of young people has led some legal experts to question the tough stand taken toward children such as Jimerson during the 1990s, when conscienceless youth seemed to be killing just for the thrill of it. But cases like his continue to crop up on court dockets…

Growing up behind bars
Boulder Weekly, CO – April 6, 2006
…At an age when kids are figuring out where to go to college, Joel was trying to guess what prison he would be assigned to. While other high schoolers worried about fitting in and hanging with the right crowd, Joel was learning to walk a certain way so he wouldn't get his ass kicked—or taken…

New-Mom Prison Program at Risk
The Baltimore Sun, MD – April 12, 2006
Public safety officials have decided to end a popular alternative-to-prison program for pregnant women and new mothers called Tamar's Children, saying yesterday that they will not renew a contract that expires April 21.


High-Performing Kipp School Featured On Oprah
The Denver Channel, CO - April 11, 2006
DENVER -- Oprah on Tuesday focused on the issue of public education and the problem of high school dropouts. On Wednesday, she'll look at solutions -- success stories -- such as the high-performing KIPP Schools, including the one in Denver.

NorthGate Church to offer adult high school program
Salisbury Post, NC - April 11, 2006
A local church is making it possible for high school dropouts to get their diplomas through an accredited, individualized program.

Looking at dropouts
WTHR Indianapolis, IN - April 11, 2006
Time Magazine and Oprah's look at a nation of high school dropouts took them to Shelbyville, where school officials opened their doors.

A Conversation with David Driscoll
WBUR Boston, MA - April 13, 2006
Massachusetts educators say family troubles and academic problems are driving an increase in the number of high-school dropouts.

Boston Stands Up for Excellent High Schools for All Students; JFF Helps Lead National Effort to Address High School
US Newswire via Yahoo! News - April 11, 2006
Boston-based Jobs for the Future today announced its participation in a national campaign to address America's education crisis. STAND UP is a community- based coalition of more than 50 organizations, districts, and schools around the country, calling on all Americans to demand excellent high schools that prepare every student for college, work, and citizenship.

Foster Care

Adoption Display Shows Kids in Need
R News NY - Apr 12, 2006
A traveling exhibit calls attention to the vast number of kids awaiting adoption. The Heart Gallery is a display of the faces of children who have been in the foster care system for most of their lives.

‘Ziggy’ to serve as national spokes-character
Union Recorder, GA - Apr 05 , 2006
GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Cartoon character Ziggy is teaming up with the National Foster Parent Association to serve as official “spokes-character” for National Foster Care Month in May.

Foster care change OK'd
Detroit Free Press, United States, MI - Apr 11, 2006
... Michigan and four other states to use money earmarked for foster children from ... from the Title IV-E program, which traditionally pays for the care of children ...

Former Foster Kids May Get Options
Orlando Sentinel, FL – April, 9, 2006
The state is considering giving foster kids who reach age 18 without being adopted more choices about their future -- but not necessarily more money.

Group Homes Get Stiffer Rules
The Charlotte Observer, NC – April 11, 2006
Some of North Carolina's most vulnerable children will receive safer homes and better mental health treatment, thanks to the correction of a nearly five-year-old mistake that placed them at risk and cost the state millions.

Measure Targets Group Homes
The Baltimore Sun, MD – April, 11, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is expected to sign into law a measure that would strengthen oversight of some 500 group homes caring for 2,700 troubled foster children across Maryland and reduce the heavy concentration of the privately run facilities in northwestern Baltimore County, state officials said yesterday.

Monday, April 10, 2006

This Week's News: 10 April 2006

Foster Care

ROCHELLE RILEY: Her mission: Work to help other foster youths
Detroit Free Press, United States - Apr 7, 2006
... Jonnie is nearing the end of her eight-week internship at the Wayne County Foster Youth Demonstration Project, also known as CIAO, Creating Independence and ...

Foster-care funding flows
San Francisco Chronicle, USA - Apr 6, 2006
... Studies have shown that the safety and well-being of foster youth is threatened by overwhelmingly high caseloads given to child-welfare workers. ...

Additional News:
Foster Care Month nears (Edwardsville Intelligencer) - Apr 10, 2006


Recovery programs help students stay on track to graduate
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Apr 7, 2006
... The school system's dropout rate for the 2004-05 school year was ... In it's high schools, there were a total of 294 students that were considered drop outs. ...

Promoting Power Center for Social Organization of Schools
Website Update - Apr 8, 2006
The nation’s minority students are four times more likely to attend a high school with very low graduation rates and three times less likely to attend a high school with very ...

Additional News:
What's wrong with America's high schools? ( - Apr 9, 2006

Juvenile Justice

Measure to address juvenile justice issues delayed
Shreveport Times, LA - Apr 7, 2006
Caddo commissioners unanimously delayed action Thursday on a proposal to reorganize personnel at the Caddo Juvenile Justice Complex. ...

Charles Shireman, pioneer of juvenile justice, dies at 90
Chicago Maroon, IL - Apr 4, 2006
... a professor emeritus in the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) who devoted his life to studying and improving the juvenile justice system on the ...

CPA: Events: 2006 Juvenile Justice Conference
Website Update – Apr 7, 2006
Continuing in that tradition, CPA will host a strategic legislative conference that brings together legislators interested in leading proactive, bi-partisan juvenile justice reform with policy experts ...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

This Week's News: 1 Apr 2006


For Those in Foster Care, Academic Barriers Arise Early
Austin American-Statesman - Mar 20, 2006
Austin resident and former foster child Veronica Lockett rattles off obstacles to her academic success with a sigh: two elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school. Incorrect class placements, group homes and a foster parent she says did not value her education.

Law might revoke license of dropouts and truants
WHOI, IL - Mar 28, 2006
Illinois high school drop outs may soon have a new incentive to go back to school. State leaders are hoping the threat of losing ...

Foster Care

Business executives advocate for youth in foster care
Seattle University, WA - Apr 1, 2006
... Executive Leadership Program reached fruition March 28, when Governor Christine Gregoire signed HB 2002, referred to as The Foster Youth Achievement Act, (PDF ...

Foster care extension now law
The Olympian, WA - Mar 29, 2006
... The Foster Youth Achievement Act, signed into law Tuesday, extends foster care services to 50 people ages 18 to 21 if they are enrolled in a post-high school ...

Juvenile Justice

State fails to keep its part of deal
Hattiesburg American, MS - Apr 1, 2006
... The state's juvenile justice system became the subject of intense scrutiny in 2003 when the US Justice Department issued a blunt, 48-page report alleging ...

Black leaders calling for change in juvenile justice, FL - Mar 30, 2006
... year-old boy at a Bay County boot camp to request $5 million for health care and mental health programs for children placed in Florida's juvenile justice system ...

Study of juvenile justice system passes House, KS - Mar 30, 2006
TOPEKA - A bill that aims to reduce the racial disparity in the juvenile justice system passed the House today in a 125-0 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. ...

Discord on Youth Sentencing
The Denver Post - Mar 17, 2006
Colorado prosecutors indicated Thursday that they are willing to discuss changes to harsh juvenile sentencing laws - as long as those changes wouldn't alter punishments for inmates now serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teens.

Additional News

Teens, adults share ideas at youth summit
Crawfordsville Journal Review, IN – April 1, 2006
... After a lunch, catered by Joey’s Main Street Cafe, Crawfordsville, youth were given ... In addition to finding solutions, whether it be to offer foster care or ...