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Feds create new guidelines to help kids with problems stay in school
First in nation conference in Columbus explores the new rules

Andy Chow
Courtesy of Equal Justice Initiative
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The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have created new guidelines on how children are treated in school.

Today, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbus brought school administrators, social workers and resource officers together to learn more about the guidelines, which officials say can help kids avoid criminal issues and keep them in school.  Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, says his group fights against unfair treatment of minors.


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“I want us to actually be more hopeful. I’m persuaded that we can make a difference in the lives of children, even kids who are struggling. But it starts with these folks. These are the front line providers and if they have a different attitude about it I think we can see different results.”

Stevenson believes the new approach can improve the kids’ decision-making. The conference is the first of its kind in the country.

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