Policy Updates


Court Rules That Charter Schools Can Dismiss Student Without a Due Process Hearing

This article was originally published by The Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates blog on August 6, 2013. It has been reposted here with permission. By Rosa K. Hirji Children’s Rights Litigation Committee American Bar Association Scott B., a 14 year old student with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was dismissed from hisRead More


The Fiona Phenomena

My colleagues are always surprised – I’m not an advocate for state policy that raises the age students can leave school to 17 or 18. As far as I’m concerned it’s simply one more door into the school-to-prison pipeline – expanding the likelihood that a teen is going to be arrested for a status offense.Read More


Duncan’s Challenge to Charters

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged charters at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools annual conference to stop pushing students out of their schools and to start serving the most vulnerable students, including those that are over-age and undercredited and those in the juvenile justice system. After congratulating high performingRead More



ESEA is always on the edge of being re-authorized. And from what I’m hearing, it’s one of those times again. We have to get over-age, undercredited students integrated into ESEA. It’s the best mechanism for firmly changing education policy to embrace “all students.”  This is even more important with Common Core State Standards looming overRead More


Making Sense of Not Making Cents

 We all know there is a youth unemployment crisis, but we don’t know what its impact is on their lives and the choices they are making. JobsFirstNYC has taken a deeper look in their report Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market written by JamesRead More


Investing in Work-based Learning

Two of the stumbling blocks for creating eduployment opportunities are 1) paying for the intermediary services needed to support business-education partnerships and 2) successfully engaging employers at higher levels of participation to reach scale.  Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg in California is trying to do something about this with the introduction of SB 594: TheRead More


Where are Over-age and Uncredited Students on the Federal Policy Agenda?

Seriously! Why aren’t over-age and undercredited students on the list of priorities in the new I3 grant competition? The Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria were announced last week.  It included the following priorities: Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals; Improving Low-Performing Schools; Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Improving AcademicRead More


Bullying —- It’s the New Door to Criminalization of Our Children.

I’ve been waiting for this to happen the minute I saw this “zero tolerance” approach to bullying developing around the country.  I wholeheartedly believe that we need to create school cultures that are based on respect, inclusiveness, and …restorative justice. Not starting police records at earlier and earlier ages. I flinched when I saw theRead More


Uninterrupted Scholars

Update: This bill was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 but was not enacted before the end of its Congressional session. Let’s see what we can make happen in 2014. On December 17th, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA], passed the senate. According to GovTrack,”the House Majority Leader indicated on DecRead More

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