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Juvenile Justice Students Face Barriers to High School Graduation and Job Training, Report No. 10-55, October 2010
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  • Although most high school youth earn academic credits while in juvenile justice programs, those who enter the system with substantial academic deficits generally do not earn enough credits to resolve their deficits. Such students are at high risk of dropping out of school upon their release. While many of these youth could be prepared for employment after release by earning General Educational Development (GED) diplomas while in their programs, relatively few do so. Similarly, few programs provide job training needed to ensure these students have the skills and competencies for employment upon release.
  • There are wide variations among juvenile justice facilities in their practices of offering GED and job training services to the youth they serve. Barriers to these services include competing academic priorities, students’ poor reading ability, short lengths of stay, security issues, and insufficient information and coordination among providers. Many of these barriers could be addressed by clarifying funding issues and improving interagency planning.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Probation and Community Intervention
Residential Services
Education System
Federal Title I Programs
Workforce Services
Prevention and Victim Services
Department of Juvenile Justice
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Adult Education and GED
Exceptional Student Education

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-07 Youth Entering the State’s Juvenile Justice Programs Have Substantial Educational Deficits; Available Data Is Insufficient to Assess Learning Gains of Students,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 99-56 Progress Report: Many Steps Taken to Improve Education at Florida's Juvenile Justice Facilities,published in June 2000.
  • Report No. 98-28 Review of Education Services in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities,published in December 1998.

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