Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Agency Gets Link to Juvenile Justice; A Bill Tries to Ensure That Students in the System Learn Marketable Skills

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Agency Gets Link to Juvenile Justice; A Bill Tries to Ensure That Students in the System Learn Marketable Skills

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Byline: Matt Dixon

An overhaul of Florida's juvenile justice system aims to better measure how educators handle students who enter that system and tries to ensure that those students have a marketable skill when they return home.

The push led by state Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, requires the Department of Education to create specific performance measures for school districts and private providers who give educational services to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Wise said that many agencies are involved with youth in the juvenile system, and one of the most important things his reform bill does is define the state's department as the lead agency on education.

"The Department of Education's job is to educate. Sometimes the [Department of Juvenile Justice] gets lumped in with that," he said.

There was some concern that performance measures would be set too high for a group of students who came from less-than-ideal academic settings. …

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