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December 20, 2012

TeamChild Releases Report on the Effects of Exclusionary Discipline

In 2010, aware that youth in the state of Washington were not exempt from the pushout occurring in schools across the country due to exclusionary disciplinary practices, advocates began the process of sifting through public records and collecting data on the effects of the state's school discipline policies.

Now, after two years of work, NJJN member TeamChild— together with Washington Appleseed —has released Reclaiming Students: the Educational and Economic Costs of Exclusionary Discipline in Washington State. The report focuses on five key findings  and recommendations, based on qualitative and quantitative data. It also includes the stories of youth across the state.

» Download TeamChild's Reclaiming Students report.

» Video from TeamChild, "Labeled," in which youth tell their own stories of being pushed out of school by exclusionary discipline policies.


Engaging Families: Tune into the Podcast

Last week, Liane Rozzell of Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth, an NJJN member, joined a panel of guests for an episode of "Spotlight on Youth."

The panel, which included Margaret diZerega, Director of the Family Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice, and Rebecca Garza, Family Liaison Coordinator at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, met to discuss the role of family engagement and case management, highlight different approaches being implemented across the country, and to share the experiences of those working closely with system-involved youth and families.

» Listen to "Spotlight on Youth" on demand.

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