Saturday, May 13, 2006

This Week's News: 13 May, 2006

Foster care

Dan Walters: No correlation between spending, high school ...
The Sacramento Bee, CA – May 1, 2006
... high school graduation rates ... low in graduation, and some do not. There's simply no correlation. In fact, 17 of the 25 states that fall below California's $7,748 in spending outperform California in high school graduation rates ...

Helping foster youth make the transition to adulthood
San Francisco Chronicle, CA – May 12, 2006
Venecia is a dynamic young woman and a former foster youth. ... Some 46 percent of foster youth drop out of high school. Fifty-one percent become unemployed. ...

National Foster Care Month honors Foster Parents of the Year
Tribune Chronicle, OH – May 12, 2006
... honored for five to 15 years of service. Guests at the event included a panel of youth and adults who have experienced foster care. ...

Brother and sister put a human face on California foster care
Macomb Eagle, IL – May 12, 2006
... Larry’s concern is more personal. In California, foster care privileges are only awarded after a foster youth reaches 16 years of age. ...

Foster youths to receive full scholarships at SU
Seattle University, WA - May 9, 2006
Only two percent of foster youth in our region go on from high school to obtain a bachelor's degree* in college often due to a lack of resources or a ...

Wanted: Spanish speakers as foster parents
Chicago Tribune, IL – May 7, 2006
Thirty years after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services promised a federal judge that it would find more Spanish-speaking foster parents and abuse investigators, the agency faces a chronic shortage of caretakers and employees for the state’s burgeoning Latino population.


Educators launch ‘Freshman Academy'
Grayson County News Gazette, KY - May 8, 2006
... educators have known for a long time that high school freshmen were the seedbed for the four major problems for educators -- drop-outs, high principal referrals ...

Immigrant Students Lament Dead End
The Dallas Morning News, TX – May 8, 2006
Four years of college, a degree, and still no job. The children of illegal immigrants say their investment in education shouldn’t lead to such a dead end. They are pressing hard for Congress to address the problem -- that they can obtain degrees in the U.S. but can’t legally get a job -- as part of a broader immigration overhaul.

Expectations Raised for Minority Students
The Mercury News, CA – May 11, 2006
SACRAMENTO - The state Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a change that will require schools to improve the performance of blacks, English learners and other minorities in order to reach state achievement goals.

Juvenile justice

Juvenile justice system hit in report
2TheAdvocate, LA - May 10, 2006
NEW ORLEANS — Juvenile justice reform advocates renewed their call Tuesday for alternatives to detention in a scathing report that alleges 150 youth detained ...

Trapped Juveniles Faced Horrors at Prison
The Times-Picayune, LA – May 10, 2006
Juvenile inmates’ accounts of being stranded in their prison and the harrowing trip out of New Orleans, were released Tuesday as part of a report issued by the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. The report, “Treated Like Trash: Juvenile Detention in New Orleans Before, During and After Hurricane Katrina,” questions the competence of the staff running the prison and pointedly calls for the sheriff to stop housing juveniles.

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