Alternative education

Counties turn to transition specialists to help students in court school succeed

Article discussing court schools and County Departments of Education starting to hire staff to help students in court schools transition to educational placements in their communities upon their relea... MORE

Flyer for Forum on Court School

Announcement of Forum entitled "Education Reform's Missed Opportunity: Young People in California's Court Schools MORE

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience- Schools in Juvenile Justice Get an F

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get An F. - Article reporting on a study conducted by the Youth Law Center about the failure of juvenile court schools to educ... MORE

Executive Summary: Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools

Summary of Report detailing a study of the education system for youth confined to detention facilities within California’s juvenile justice system. In the report, entitled Educational Injustice: Bar... MORE

Final Template for School Board Hearing Request- COE – SB 1111

This is a template for a letter that advocates and community stakeholders can send to county boards of education asking for a hearing on the implementation of SB 1111 and inquiring about the need to ... MORE

Final Template for School Board Hearing Request – SB 1111

This is template for a letter that advocates and community stakeholders can send to local school district boards asking for a hearing on the implementation of SB 1111 and inquiring about the need to u... MORE

Sample Public Records Request – SB 1111

This is a sample Public Records Act request that advocates can send to County Offices of Education to determine to what extent they are implementing the provisions of SB 1111 which governs transfers t... MORE

California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, latino students

Article by Center for Public Integrity on school discipline and push out of Black and Latino youth in California’s education system. Article quotes Sue Burrell. MORE

SB 1111 Chaptered Text

The text of SB 1111 addressing transfer rights of students referred to county community schools. MORE

YLC Letter in Support of SB 1111

Letter by YLC Staff Attorney Deborah Escobedo requesting the Governor's signature on SB 1111. This bill addresses the transfer rights of students referred to county community schools, makes the statu... MORE

Demand Letter to Ventura County Office of Education

This is a demand letter to the Ventura County Office of Education challenging its failure to comply with the provisions of the California Education Code concerning Independent Study. Their practices... MORE

Juvenile Court Schools: Addressing Equity In Discipline and Other Educational Policies Impacting Minorities and Students of Poverty - Powerpoint Presentation

This power point focuses on issues related to youth enrolled in juvenile court schools. MORE

School to Nowhere Enrollment and EL/FEP Data for Select Counties and Alternative Schools

This chart shows enrollment data for alternative schools located in the following California counties: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Ventura, an... MORE

Alternative Schools (Introduction to School Discipline) - Powerpoint Presentation

This power point covers alternative school placement issues related to school discipline. MORE

Education Issues Impacting Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

This is a training outline that covers education issues impacting both juvenile justice and foster care youth. It was distributed at a training held on June 29, 2009. MORE

Alternative Education Outline

This outline provides a brief summary of California Education Code provisions governing alternative education placements. MORE

Non-Public Schools - Request for Investigation to the California Department of Education

This is a request for an investigation directed to the California Department of Education concerning certain questionable policies and practices implemented by licensed children's institutions run by ... MORE

Demand Letter to CDE re: Failure to Monitor Juvenile Court Schools

This is a demand letter directed to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction concerning California’s failure to include juvenile court and county community schools in its special education mon... MORE

Non-Public Schools - Public Records Act Request - CDE Monitoring of Nonpublic Schools

This public records act request is directed to the California Department of Education and requests documents related to its monitoring of non-public schools pursuant to Education Code Sec. 56366.1 et ... MORE

Warehousing Foster Care Students in Continuation High Schools Would Violate State Law

This short paper discusses why foster care students cannot be placed in continuations schools involuntarily. MORE

Improving Educational Opportunities for Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems: The Fresno First Year Report and Strategic Plan

First year report and strategic plan. MORE

Getting Out of the Red Zone - Youth from the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems Speak Out about the Obstacles to Completing their Education, and What Could Help

This publication describes the process the Youth Law Center underwent to conduct a series of focus groups of youth who were or had been in the juvenile justice or foster care systems, parents of such ... MORE