Monday, March 11, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Compromise reached on raising Kentucky's high school dropout age
Lexington Herald-Leader, Frankfort, Kentucky – March 8, 2013
After more than three years of unsuccessful attempts to raise Kentucky's high school dropout age from 16 to 18, House and Senate leaders have struck a compromise that appears poised to pass.  The compromise plan would allow school districts to voluntarily raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 beginning in 2014.

Bill would change the dropout age
Winston-Salem Journal, North Carolina – March 7, 2013
A bill proposed Wednesday would raise the age at which students could legally drop out of school in North Carolina without permission from their parents from 16 to 18.

High School Graduation Rates Must Climb Higher
U.S. News & World Report – March 7, 2013
Last week, America's Promise Alliance and several other education research and advocacy organizations shared the good news that the nation's high school graduation rate is—for the first time—on pace to reach 90 percent by 2020. The news, revealed in our "Building a Grad Nation" report, deserves to be celebrated. That we could move the graduation rate from 71.7 percent in 2001 to 78.2 percent in 2010, with the greatest gains—an astonishing 5 percentage points—made in the past four years alone shows genuine progress is being made.

Juvenile Justice

Clayton juvenile program becomes model for state reform
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia – March 5, 2013
Quantavius Poole was a school brawler, a drug dealer, and he was facing five years in juvenile detention.  Now, at 17, he is a sous chef for a caterer. He hopes to enlist in the National Guard so he can pay his way through a military college. He wants to enter the Air Force.  The program that may have saved Poole, called Second Chance, is a blueprint for legislation to overhaul Georgia’s juvenile justice system.

Cornell Law Professors, Students Work for Juvenile Justice
The Cornell Daily Sun, Ithaca, New York – March 5, 2013
On behalf of 37 juveniles in South Carolina who have been sentenced to life in prison without parole, Cornell law students and professors are working to abolish sentences that may constitute “cruel and unusual punishment,” according to Prof. John Blume, law.

State House passes bill to seal most juvenile-court records
The Seattle Times, Olympia, WA – March 7, 2013
A bill approved Wednesday by the state House would seal most juvenile-court records, potentially helping teenage criminals move on, but also hindering scrutiny of one of the most closely watched sectors of government.

Foster Care

State teams up with Dave Thomas Foundation to ramp up adoptions
Springfield News-Sun, Columbus, OH – March 10, 2013
The state of Ohio has joined forces with The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to expand a program that finds homes for older foster children.

Teen Pregnancy

New York City's Fight to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Huffington Post, New York, NY – March 7, 2013
A new ad campaign that aims to highlight teen pregnancy prevention in New York City is generating headlines this week -- but the important story is the innovative approaches the city has brought to this work over the last several years, which helped cut teen pregnancy by 27 percent in New York in the last 10 years.

Educators, health officials try to tackle teen pregnancy
KTIV NBC News, Sioux City, IA – March 5, 2013
In the U.S., teen pregnancy rates have fallen to historic lows.  However,  they're still the highest in the industrialized world.  Among the six largest counties in Iowa, Woodbury ranks number one in teen pregnancies.  Compared to the entire state, it's fifth overall.  Woodbury County's teen pregnancy rate is 53 births per every 1,000  women aged 15 to 19.  That means for every 1,000  teenage girls, 53 will get pregnant.  The state rate is 33.

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