The New York City Department of Health used data from the 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey and findings from focus groups to craft this report highlighting the disproportionate mental health stressors LGBTQ youth experience in school. These include higher rates of bullying and harassment, higher rates of living away from parents or guardians, and increased rates of depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies. The report also details the common sources of support commonly sought by LGBTQ youth to improve their mental and physical well-being.
This new report from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality takes a look at how girls of color are consistently arrested by and referred to school-based police officers in disproportionate numbers. It shows how black girls are 2.6 times as likely to be referred to law enforcement on campus and are nearly four times as likely to get arrested in school. Latinas are also heavily disproportionately affected by the presence of school-based police officers. The report outlines how these officers lack specific and regular training for these interactions, resulting in unnecessary arrests and possibly allowing implicit racial biases to cloud judgement. Concluding the report are policy and practice recommendations made in order to help teachers, administrators and school-based officers address in-school issues with girls of color without resorting to arrests or unnecessary interactions.
The Center for American Progress highlights the oft-overlooked struggles of part-time college students in America. Making up 37 percent of all undergraduates, part-time students attain degrees at much lower rates than full-time students with many dropping out after only one year. This report uses available data to detail what is known about part-time students and their experiences while making a number of policy recommendations that can help them be more academically successful for both their own betterment, and also for that of the nation's workforce as a whole.
The UN Refugee Agency authored and released this new report summarizing and drawing attention to the crisis in the education of refugee youth. The report shows how 3.5 million refugee youth had absolutely no schooling in the year 2016 with this number showing no signs of improving in 2017. It details the startling differences in education access rates between non-refugee and refugee youth. While 91% of children worldwide attend primary school, only 61% of refugee children do. Similarly, 84% of the world's adolescents attend secondary school while only 23% of adolescent refugees do. Finally, 36% of the world's youth end up getting higher education of some kind while only a shocking 1% of refugee youth do. The report calls for policymakers around the world to make drastic changes to help refugee youth have much greater access to education at all ages.
This new report by the Center for American Progress analyzes and maps the locations of licensed child care centers in 22 states, finding that over half of Americans live in "child care deserts" without affordable or convenient access to proper child care options.
This report released by NewSchools Venture Fund highlights the stark lack of diversity in education leadership across the country and the detrimental effects this has on the educational achievement of a student body which is growing more racially and ethnically diverse every year. Greater levels of teacher and leader diversity in the education sector are shown to result in improved academic performance and fewer disciplinary problems. "Unrealized Impact" is the most comprehensive study done on this issue and makes the case for a number of different reforms and initiatives to address it and improve the hiring, retention and advancement of minorities in education leadership positions.
The Juvenile Law Center recently released this new report which outlines the counterproductive nature and the great harm caused by the solitary confinement of youth in the juvenile justice system. The report then focuses on giving a number of policy, practice and advocacy recommendations to help bring about the end of the use of solitary confinement for youth across the nation.
This new report from the National Home Visiting Resource Center brings together comprehensive data on the current state of childhood home visiting across the nation. It shows how these home visiting programs, designed to help children and their families thrive, have been effectively implemented on the federal, state and county levels. While this is great news, the report also outlines how many more children and families in need could benefit from the proper utilization of these available programs.
This groundbreaking new study recently released by the Georgetown University Law Center uses comprehensive survey data to show how the perception of black girls by the majority of the public differs from that of their peers. The results show, among many other worrying findings, that black girls are perceived as being older, less in need of nurturing, less in need of protection, and that they know more about adult topics at a younger age. The report shows how these perceptions have profound implications for how black girls are treated in the education and juvenile justice systems relative to their peers of other ethnicities.