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2/16/2021

Historic Board Vote Transforms Policing in Los Angeles Schools
Activists swarmed the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District last summer in an effort to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

In a historic move, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to transform its school police force, eliminating more than 100 positions and stationing the remaining officers off campus.

2/15/2021

Los Angeles Unified Explores Alternatives to School Police
Protesters led by Students Deserve, a youth-led group representing LAUSD students, urged the school board to defund its school police department on June 23. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

More than half a year after voting to slash $25 million from its school police department, the Los Angeles Unified School District board will decide on Tuesday how to use that money to support Black students and promote safety on campus.

2/5/2021

Kinship Care Supporter Angie Schwartz to Head California’s Child Welfare System

Longtime youth advocate Angie Schwartz has been named head of California’s child welfare system, The Imprint has learned, bringing with her a considerable legacy of strengthening support for relative caregivers in the foster care system and federal policy expertise.

2/2/2021

A New Study Highlights Promising Jobs Programs for Foster Youth
Trainer Casswell Goodman uses humor to engage foster youth at a iFoster class at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2018. Photo by Astor Morgan

One of the nation’s most promising programs linking current and former foster youth with employment started its work in a Placer County supermarket.

vaccine waiting line

2/2/2021

Children’s Residential Centers Scramble to Secure Vaccines for Frontline Staff
The chaotic rollout of coronavirus vaccines has left tens of thousands of workers who care for children living in residential settings scrambling for protection.

1/26/2021

Los Angeles County Expands Kinship Care Efforts
Photo by Dominque Ross

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand a program that has helped drive kinship placements of children in its foster care system to nearly twice the national average.

1/26/2021

New York Governor Aims to Shut Down Nearly Empty Youth Prisons
The Democratic governor’s proposal is likely to get caught in a cross-current of expectations — from those advocating that the money saved be reinvested in youth services, to unions and legislators who will want to protect local jobs in state facilities whatever the cost.
Cindy Ackerman commissioner

1/13/2021

Q&A: St. Lawrence County’s New Commissioner Faces Massive Caseload
Photo courtesy of Cindy Ackerman.

Even before the pandemic struck in March, the past year has been challenging for the Department of Social Services in St. Lawrence County, a rural county just south of the Canada border.

1/8/2021

Governor’s Virus-Driven Budget Driven by Unexpected Tax Surplus
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a spending plan Friday that includes billions of dollars to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, a modest boost to some safety-net programs for vulnerable children and families and a plan to get more of the state’s most vulnerable students back in the classroom.