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Avoiding the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Research shows that calling in law enforcement to deal with a student’s behavioral problems is an ineffective way to address these issues and could lead to harmful, long-term consequences.
The event was sponsored by the New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, the New Jersey Council for Juvenile Justice System Improvement and Advocates for Children of New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and the New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organization.
Preschool Becomes a Priority
As support finally builds to fund this important early education, it is critical that we all speak up for our youngest students. The Pre-K Our Way Campaign, which ACNJ helps lead, is telling elected officials that it’s time to make good on the promise of preschool.
Legislation Introduced to Combat Chronic Absenteeism
The bill requires the New Jersey Department of Education to define chronic absenteeism as 10 percent or more of the days a child is enrolled in a particular school and to collect and publish district data. Under the measure, schools with 10 percent or more of its students deemed chronically absent would have to develop a plan to improve student attendance.
Stay tuned. More details to come.
NJ Achieves 75 Percent Jump in School Breakfast
The number of New Jersey students eligible for free- or reduced-price school meals who ate a healthy breakfast at school rose from about 136,000 children in 2010 to 237,000 in 2015. That translates to roughly 100,000 more low-income children eating breakfast at school each day, the report said. Still, nearly 300,000 kids are still going without this all-important morning meal.