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: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools, Youth Law Center examines areas of challenge for the system and fundamental ways in which […]

“Breaking Developments in CA School Discipline & Juvenile Justice”

This power point was presented at the LAAC Traveling Training on November 2, 2012 in Ontario, California. The panel was described as follows: “This presentation will summarize new developments in discipline laws that have come under fire in California because of their demonstrated disparate impact on students of color, and other discipline related initiatives that […]

Letter “Sign AB 420 to Support Civil Rights” (August 15, 2013)

This is a letter submitted to Governor Brown urging him to sign AB 420, a bill that would reduce the use of EC Section 48900(k) (willful defiance) as a grounds for suspension and expulsion in California schools. The letter was signed by YLC’s Director, Jennifer Rodriguez, and 21 other Civil Rights and legal directors, including […]

What Sacramento is Saying About School Discipline

This power point was presented to school district personnel attending the California Endowment’s “Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute” on October 10, 2012 in Fresno California. The power point provides a summary of the new discipline reform bills that were signed into law during the 2011-2012 legislative session.

Exclusion and Push-Out Power Point

This is a power point that addresses issues related to the disproportionate impact of discipline policies, involuntary placements in alternative schools, and the impact policies governing truancy and SARB referrals. The power point was prepared for the LAAC traveling training held on November 9, 2011 in Fresno.

SB 1296

SB 1296 was signed into law on June 27, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill bans incarceration as a contempt sanction for youth adjudicated as truants. It was co-sponsored by Youth Law Center

Safford v. Redding Amicus

The Youth Law Center participated in this case as amicus curiae in a brief on behalf of Savana filed by the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, law professors and juvenile advocacy groups around the country. This was the first juvenile school search case considered by the High Court in 24 years. The United State Supreme Court […]


This lists links to various websites dealing with student discipline issues and was distributed at the LAAC Traveling Training for the Introduction to School Discipline Panel on December 8, 2010.