In a recent article published by Education Week, CJJR partner Lisa Pilnik and Hailly Korman describe the vast differences in outcomes for children in community-based public schools and children who are taking classes while in juvenile justice facilities. For those in the latter, pass rates are abysmal, especially as compared to their public school peers.
The authors point to several challenges to juvenile justice facility-based education, including access to high-level courses and credit recovery opportunities and the failure to re-enroll youth in school upon community reentry. The piece argues that “[S]tates must improve education opportunities for youths who are in their care or under their supervision, whether those youths are in the remaining incarceration facilities or in community-based programs. They can do this by ensuring that youths experience as little disruption as possible, have access to any special education and other services to which they are entitled, receive full credit for all coursework, and have fully qualified teachers and access to the most challenging coursework they can successfully complete, including adequate preparation for higher education.”
Read the full article in Education Week here.