Sunday, July 23, 2006

This Week's News: 22 July, 2006


College Programs for Disadvantaged Youth Facing Tough Questions
The Oakland Tribune, CA – July 16, 2006
High-scoring, but low-income, high school sophomores can get a jump on college in the Pre-College Academy at the University of California, Berkeley. The six-week course provides classes in writing, advanced mathematics and an “enrichment” elective. The academy is funded by the state, the university and private foundations and the students pay nothing. Experts say such students aren’t as likely to go to college without extra help.

Program Readies Disabled Youth for College
Houston Chronicle, TX – July 17, 2006
College-bound students are seeking pointers on navigating wheelchairs over hilly terrain, finding note takers and deciding whether to “come out” to peers about less-obvious disabilities -- tips experts say are vital as college administrators face swelling numbers of disabled students. About 6 million Americans receive special education services, designated for students whose mental or physical limitation affects their learning, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

How to Close Academic Gap
The Free Lance-Star, VA - July 20, 2006
…Educators, parents and concerned residents met for the third in a series of events put on by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a consortium of Fredericksburg city and Spotsylvania and Stafford County schools, local churches, and civic organizations. The coalition's mission is to improve the academic achievement of African-American students.

Schools Pin Hopes on Early College Program
The Commercial Dispatch, MS - July 21, 2006
Columbus school officials hope an innovative program to give high school students an early introduction to college will keep them from dropping out and put more of them on the fast track to a post secondary degree. The early college and middle college program will offer Columbus High School students the chance to take college courses on the campuses of East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi University for Women while earning both high school and college credit.

Foster Care

Accord Hikes Foster Care Budget
Los Angeles Times, CA – July 18, 2006
SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman Karen Bass, a Los Angeles Democrat, stood on a Capitol balcony several months ago talking about the plight of foster children, most of whom have been abused or neglected. Nearby, Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, a Republican from Monrovia, happened to overhear. "We're the caregivers of these children," interjected Mountjoy, who is as conservative as Bass is liberal. "We ought to do the very best we can."

Now What?
Pasadena Weekly, CA - July 20, 2006
…Like thousands of young adults who grew up in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, Sqoll, David and JJ have no idea what the coming weeks will bring and have few, if any, realistic plans for how to get themselves out of homelessness and poverty.

LA May Try Prisoner-Child Reunions
Los Angeles Daily News, CA – July 22, 2006
Children in foster care with parents in prison will come under review this week by county officials who will consider developing a program to reunite the families when Mom's or Dad's sentence is over. Often these relationships become strained and severed, as families are separated in the public systems and in the hundreds of miles that can separate the prison walls and foster homes.

Juvenile Justice

Florida Justice System Harsher to Underage Girls, Study Finds
Orlando Sentinel, FL – July 19, 2006
Florida’s juvenile-justice system locks up a higher percentage of underage girls than 46 other states, hands out stiffer punishment to girls than boys and doesn’t provide the treatment girls need, according to a new report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. On any given day, roughly 1,530 underage juvenile-delinquent girls are locked away in Florida, the report, released Tuesday, says. The study, the largest ever of an all-girl juvenile offender population, found many of Floridas treatment programs inadequate. “Girls programs are often boys programs painted pink,” the council’s president says. But girl offenders often have more emotional problems and, therefore, different treatment needs.

Juvenile Justice Workers Says Administration is Failing Kids
The Herald, CT – July 20, 2006
NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut juvenile justice employees issued failing grades Wednesday to the Rell administration. The governor and her juvenile justice director earned "F's" for their handling of juvenile justice issues within the Department of Children & Families.

Juvenile Justice Centers Aim for Treatment, Not Punishment, MI - July 22, 2006
GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The W.J. Maxey School for Boys is all about second chances. One of 10 facilities operated by the state Bureau of Juvenile Justice, a branch of the Michigan Department of Human Services, its mission is to provide "treatment" for juvenile offenders. Programs like the roots music workshop that produced the song "Eddie's Choice" fit in with that mission, organizers and Maxey staff say.

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