In the Public Interest, an Oregon-based research and policy center, produced this report shining a spotlight on the rampant problem of California charter schools receiving far too many tax dollars and not improving educational facilities or curriculum enough to justify the money. Many had no need for the public money but received it anyway and still others were found to be engaging in corrupt and unethical practices or having discriminatory enrollment policies.
The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research and the Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project conducted interviews with a sample of 641 homeless youth from ten cities across the United States and Canada to collect data about the prevalence and nature of human trafficking among the homeless youth population. This resulting report summarized the worrying findings, showing that 19 percent were identified to be victims of some form of human trafficking and more than 14 percent had been trafficked for sex.
This new report from the Justice Policy Institute highlights the growing movement known as "Raise the Age" which seeks to convince state governments across the country to no longer try youth, ages 16 and 17, as adults except for in extremely extenuating circumstances. All available evidence points to better outcomes, more safety and less recidivism for these youth when they are served by the juvenile justice system as opposed to the adult court system.
The Center for Promise at America's Promise Alliance outlines the effects of adverse life experiences on the development and mental health of children and youth as well as their relation to the poverty level of those affected.
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience produced this brief highlighting the latest findings in research on adolescent brain development relevant to the experiences of youth offenders in the juvenile justice. The short brief aims to inform the public and policymakers on how these findings should affect juvenile justice policies regarding the sentencing and incarceration of youth.
The National Network for Youth outlines the severity of the youth homelessness epidemic across the country and shows how current federal policy and practice are not addressing the problem. The authors then provide a number of federal policy recommendations that would help to end and prevent youth homelessness.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute and Nurse-Family Partnership collaborated to gather information and then write and publish this brief which outlines the common problems evidence-based programs have scaling up and becoming truly effective in helping a large number of beneficiaries. The paper shares lessons learned and several practical approaches that could help organizations expand helpful programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion uses a variety of official data sources to accurately estimate the cost of raising a child born in 2015. The researchers found that it will cost about $233,610 to raise a child through the age of 17. The report breaks down what this money goes towards while putting the figures in context and highlighting the current trends for each category of expense.
The latest edition of Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report focuses on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) across the nation as well as the usual ranking and grading of every state's education system. This year, the nation's education systems received an overall grade of C with a score of 74.2%.