Education

Defunding School Police: In Oakland, an Emphatic Yes; In L.A., Not So Fast

Amid ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, two of California’s largest school districts  this week joined other education leaders across the country pressured to rethink their policing of students. After weeks of public […]

Child Welfare

Catching Charges to Get Foster Care’s Help

If ever there was a modern-day orphan in American suburbia, surely Meritsa Sedillo fit the profile. At 17, she slept on hard rubber flooring beneath a play structure in an East Bay elementary schoolyard. She […]

Justice

Pioneer in Juvenile Justice Retiring in Vermont

 Ken Schatz, who as commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families pushed for the shut down of the state’s only remaining juvenile prison, is retiring at the end of the month after serving […]

News

Anti-Poverty Grants Fund Platforms for Youth Voices

Advocates for the poor have long argued that most Americans’ assumptions about people who live in poverty are mostly wrong. If only, they say, Americans could see the world from the point of view of […]

Juvenile Justice

Monterey County to Shrink Its New Juvenile Hall Amid Falling Incarceration Rates and Push for Police Reform

With the pandemic pounding government coffers and growing national protests over policing in communities of color, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that it will reduce the size of its soon-to-be constructed juvenile […]