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Suspension Prevention is Everybody’s Business

By: Jenni Owen Across North Carolina and the nation, what’s often referred to as “the great equalizer” turns students away. Schools suspend students for not attending school. Yes, really. Students who miss too much school are told they must miss even

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The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Action

By: Jane Wettach At a recent talk I gave on the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a school board member in the audience strongly objected to the metaphor and said he thought it wrongly blamed school boards and school administrators for a whole

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Progress on NC school suspensions, violence, but more to do | News & Observer

By Jason Langberg and Barbara Fedders *Originally published in the News & Observer Incidents of school crime and violence, short- and long-term suspensions, alternative learning program placements and corporal punishment were all down last school year. The Department of Public

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Policing the Police

By Jason Langberg The recent horrific police killings of African-American youth in Ferguson, Cleveland, and many other places across the country are a depressing reminder of the urgent need to rethink the ways in which law enforcement officers have come

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2014 Legislative Session Summary on Juvenile Justice

By Brandy Bynum The NC Legislature was in session from May 14 through August 20. Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included financing the $445 million state budget shortfall, teacher pay, Medicaid and coal ash ponds. Below are legislative

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Alternatives to School Suspension Are More Effective at Changing Student Behavior

By Jane Wettach and Jenni Owen In the 2012-13 school year, North Carolina students missed more than 750,000 school days due to suspension. Though suspension is the most widely used disciplinary technique in both general and special education, research has

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Spotlight on Juvenile Delinquency Cases

By Eric Zogry In late 2013 the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued opinions on three juvenile delinquency cases that merit highlighting: • In re J.L.H., 2013 N.C. App. LEXIS 1155 • In re G.C., 2013 N.C. App. LEXIS 1203

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Changing the Course of Anti-Bullying Policy and Law

By Sean Langberg If advocates, policymakers, and lawmakers hope to plug the school-to-prison pipeline they must embrace policies and programs that are anti-bullying rather than anti-bully. Communities often rightly rush to the side of the victims of bullying, but what

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Kids Make Mistakes

By Brandy Bynum We all want our kids to learn from their mistakes, go to school and get good jobs. Yet, NC remains one of only two states in the nation that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults

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No (More) Youth in the Criminal System

By Barbara Fedders In its upcoming legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly is poised to again take up a Republican-sponsored bill that would expose more youth to criminal prosecution in the adult system. All who care about public safety and

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