Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


New Magic Johnson dropout recovery program opens in Savannah
Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA – May 27, 2013
A new charter school program designed to get dropouts to graduate has opened in Savannah.  The Magic Johnson Bridgescape learning center will serve students in grades nine through 12 who have dropped out or are at risk of quitting school.

Perry signs bill for dropout prevention programs
Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, TX – May 25, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry over the weekend signed into law a bill allowing public technical colleges like Texas State Technical College to partner with public junior colleges to administer high school dropout prevention programs.

Curriculum aims to stem dropouts
Charleston Daily Mail, West Union, SC – May 21, 2013
Every other Friday this year, Doddridge County High School students have ended class two hours early.  The school's 374 students divide into groups and spend the rest of the day making their visions come to life. The school is filled with the sounds of power drills, sizzling grease and music composed by the students themselves.

Juvenile Justice

Changes proposed for NC's juvenile justice system
WRAL, Raleigh, NC – May 27, 2013
Legislators, advocates and prosecutors are talking about changing a century-old law that calls for lawbreakers to be prosecuted as adults starting at age 16 — a measure that remains in effect in only one other state in the country.

House votes to move 17 year-olds into juvenile justice system
Dorchester Reporter, Massachusetts – May 23, 2013
The House unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would move 17-year-old offenders into the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, ending the practice of routinely incarcerating 17-year-olds in adult corrections facilities.

Lawmakers agree on funding for overhaul of Nebraska's juvenile justice system
Lincoln Star Journal, Nebraska – May 22, 2013
Nebraska lawmakers moved Wednesday toward committing $14.5 million in new spending as part of a massive overhaul of Nebraska's juvenile justice system.

Foster Care

Foster care housing project dawns
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN – May 22, 2013
A long-standing south-side eyesore felt the blows of the wrecking ball Tuesday to make way for housing to help young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.

‘Aging out’ doesn’t end foster care
Cleveland Daily Banner, Ohio – May 27, 2013
The goal of foster care is to give children a permanent home, but that does not always happen before they reach the age of 18.  Some children reach their teenage years and hit the brink of adulthood before that happens. These teens are said to have “aged out” of the foster care system.  But recent years have seen more and more transitional resources being made available for these children to learn how to be live successfully on their own.

Teen Pregnancy

CDC: Teen Pregnancy declines across the country
CBS 6 WTVR, Richmond, VA – May 23, 2013
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found all states are seeing a record low number of teenagers giving birth.  The most dramatic declines are in the mountain states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.  Their teen birth rate numbers fell by 30% or more.  The biggest difference was for Hispanic teenagers.

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