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NCJ Number: 69128 Find in a Library
Title: COMPULSORY EDUCATION - DUMPING GROUNDS OF ALTERNATE SCHOOLS?
Author(s): K SIEGEL
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN THIS CASSETTE TAPE, A MICHIGAN PROSECUTOR DISCUSSES APPROPRIATE AND INAPPROPRIATE MEANS OF DEALING WITH TRUANCY AND INCORRIGIBILITY AND METHODS USED IN MICHIGAN FOR ENFORCING COMPULSORY EDUCATION.
Abstract: THE PRESENTATION WAS RECORDED AT THE FIFTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE AND EDITED FOR OPTIMAL LISTENING. THE CONFERENCE WAS SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES AND THE NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION. PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS, EDUCATORS, RESEARCHERS, AND OTHERS. APPROPRIATE MEANS FOR DEALING WITH TRUANCY INCLUDE INFORMING PARENTS BY LETTER AND SETTING UP CONFERENCES WITH THE STUDENT AND PARENTS. STEPS TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM INCLUDE USING PROCEDURES WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION AND MORNING STUDY HALL, AND PROVIDING ASSISTANCE IN FINDING OUTSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE PARENT AND STUDENT. UNDER STANDARDS SUGGESTED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, THE COURT IS A LAST RESORT IN SUCH CASES AND SHOULD HAVE NO COERCIVE POWER. THE NEW MICHIGAN JUVENILE JUSTICE CODE LISTS EIGHT STEPS REQUIRED OF SCHOOLS, INCLUDING MEETINGS, EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING, EVALUATION REGARDING LEARNING PROBLEMS, AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH OUTSIDE AGENCIES. THE SCHOOL CAN RESORT TO THE COURTS ONLY AFTER USING ALL THESE APPROACHES. POLICE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ARREST STUDENTS FOUND IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT MAY RETURN THE STUDENT IF THE STUDENT COOPERATES. THE COURT IS AN INAPPROPRIATE ARENA IN WHICH TO DEAL WITH TRUANCY AND INCORRIGIBILITY. ITS AVAILABILITY CAN THWART THE USE OF MORE CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACHES. STATUS OFFENDERS ARE OFTEN INAPPROPRIATELY HANDLED BY THE COURTS; THE HOME SITUATION CAUSING A TRUANT'S PROBLEMS IS OFTEN NOT CONSIDERED. MOST SUSPENSIONS FROM SCHOOL DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENT OF PROTECTING OTHERS' RIGHTS TO AN EDUCATION. SUSPENSION POWERS ARE BEING WIDELY ABUSED, VIOLATE STUDENTS' RIGHTS, AND HAVE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS. ALTERNATIVES TO SUSPENSION MUST BE FOUND.
Index Term(s): ABA criminal justice standards; Audiovisual aids; Juvenile codes; Michigan; Schools; Truancy; United States of America
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF SIDE FOUR OF THE CASSETTE. FOR THE OTHER PART OF SIDE FOUR SEE NCJ-72652. FOR SIDE THREE OF THE PROGRAM SEE NCJ-69127. RUNNING TIME IS 16 MINUTES.
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