This new report from the National Juvenile Defender Center provides a detailed look at the unfortunate reality of minors being arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated without exercising their right to representation by an attorney. It gives a number of policy and practice recommendations that could help these disproportionately minority youth get proper access to representation.
The Center for Data Innovation produced this report highlighting the ways in which the education system in the U.S. lacks the effective use of data infrastructure to improve student learning and teaching efficiency. It discusses how technology and digital tools are used in classroom settings, but the use of data analytics and metrics in policy and decision-making on an administrative level is all-but nonexistent with administrations making decisions based on assumptions and intuition rather than relevant information. The report makes the case for the transformation of the education sector into a data-driven, evidence-based, efficient, personalized and innovative system.
This new report published in Pediatrics uses nationwide data to show a startling and disturbing rise in the percentage of adolescents experiencing depression across the country from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. At the same time, the data shows basically no increase in the number of adolescents seeking professional care for their mental health over the same time period. The authors of the report hope this will be a "call to action" to get the mental health sector to find ways of increasing mental health screenings for youth and make other necessary changes to address this disturbing trend.
The College Board takes a comprehensive look at the current trends in the price of higher education across the country, showing wide variation between similar institutions and a continued rise in costs of tuition and housing well above the rate of inflation.
This new report from the National Institute of Justice and the Harvard Kennedy School summarizes the ways in which the nation's current juvenile justice system negatively effects the youth involved in it, leading to high rates of recidivism and damaging effects on their well-being and future prospects. The authors recommend a number of community-based programs/approaches to replace the use of large-scale and ineffective youth prisons and detention facilities.
New America asseses the current state of the cost, quality, and access to quality child care available in all 50 states. This comprehensive ranking of all the states' systems shows a fragmented and patchwork setup with most states failing to create the business and social environments necessary for child care providers to properly serve the population. Most families are left helpless as costs continue to rise, quality declines and availability is often effectively nonexistent for the working and middle classes. The report provides a number of policy recommendations to help address this massive problem, including the institution of a universal paid family leave policy and a universal pre-K program.
This report from the Center for American Progress examines the current state of remedial education in universities around the country. Remedial education refers to classes and material which go over a curriculum that should have been covered in high school. Millions of students every year learn they must take these extra courses, costing them and their families a total of $1.3 billion across the 50 states. The report shows that this money is largely wasted as many of these students never end up finishing their education as they are significantly less likely to graduate than other students. It also touches on possible reforms and changes to the education system as a whole which could ameliorate the problems with remedial education.
Commissioned by First Focus and authored by the Urban Institute, this new report details the recent changes in federal spending on children and youth as well as laying out projections of how the levels and allocation of this spending will change over the next several years.
Together, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Institutes of Research convened experts and leaders in STEM areas of focus to discuss the ways in which approaches to STEM education can be improved or even radically changed in order to arrive at the best outcomes. This report is a result of these policy and practice recommendations and additional comprehensive research, synthesizing it into a readable and all-inclusive look at the possible future of STEM education.
The Juvenile Law Center conducted research in all 50 states to analyze the financial burden imposed on youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. The resulting report shows how this financial burden increases recidivism, lengthens detention times, exacerbates racial disparities in the system and puts undue economic and emotional distress on the effected families and youth. It concludes with a number of policy recommendations to help address these major problems.