Education and Mental Health Connections for Youth in the Juvenile Delinquency Programs. Peter Leone, Ph.D. University of Maryland October 24, 2005 Building the New IDEA NASDSE 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota. Youth in Delinquency Programs. Who enters the system?
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Peter Leone, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
October 24, 2005
Building the New IDEA
Forces Shaping Policies and Practices in
If you look at the kids who are on the suspension and expulsion rolls in almost any school district, what you’ll find is they are not only disproportionately students of color, disproportionately African-American and male, but also disproportionately the lowest-achieving kids, kids in special education, kids in foster care. …. We respond to their neediness by pushing them out.
Characteristics of youthMore Likely to be
Social skills deficits Suspended
Impulsivity Behaviors Interpreted by Expelled
Distractibility Educators Detained by Police
Police Detained in Juvenile
Corrections staff Committed to Juvenile Corrections
Sent to Disciplinary Confinement
Committed for longer periods of time while awaiting specialized programs or placements
More Questions always apparent
How can schools and school districts become more responsive to the needs of all of their students?
EDJJ: National Center on Education, Disability, & Juvenile Justice
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