by Hilderbrand Pelzer III
Worldwide, experts say superior educational services for school-age incarcerated youths are a rarity. They say that reform of juvenile-corrections education is a decade or more behind reform in regular public schools and just has not been a priority. Making matters worse is the school-age youths arrested and awaiting trials as “adults” in county jail systems across the nation find themselves part of a larger system that fails to educate them. Local school districts and their local county jail systems blame each other for the problem. As a result, states and counties are in a state of uncertainty as to what to do. In Colorado, state legislators are considering legislation to work out who should and how to provide education to school-age students in county jails.
Do you think school districts should be responsible for providing public educational services to school-age students in county jails? Please comment.
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