Parents of students attending Muskegon High School are calling on school district officials to change the district's policy of automatically suspending students and involving the school's police officer when fights break out.
The Michigan School-Justice Partnership is hosting a series of regional conferences in May and June as efforts to devise strategies for reducing truancy move forward.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law new sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, or repeat sexual assaults. Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court is weighing whether those who were previously sentenced for crimes committed as juveniles under a mandatory life without parole law are entitled to sentencing review.
The U.S. Department of Education has produced a school discipline guidance package to support safe schools, reduce expulsions and suspensions, and ensure fair treatment of all students.
The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ) is making the reduction of school truancy and elimination of the school to prison pipeline one of its top priorities for the next three years. Students who miss excessive amounts of class are far more likely to drop out of school, enter the juvenile justice system, and eventually, end up in prison, research shows. Unnecessary suspensions and expulsions also contribute to the problem.
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) – Middle School FAST model is being implemented to reduce compulsive behaviors in youth such as substance abuse and violence, and to improve positive scholastic behaviors, while building resiliency factors against risks and stressors that contribute to violence and delinquency.
The City of Albion is participating in a delinquency prevention planning process intended to reduce risk and enhance protective factors as a way to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system.
This school truancy program focuses on children and youth between the ages of 6 to 15 who have been reported by the school as having significant non-attendance patterns that are considered truant according to school policy.