Georgia Appleseed Welcomes New Directors to Its Georgia-Wide Board

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Neil Shorthouse
Communities in Schools of Georgia, Atlanta
David Wallis
Deloitte, Atlanta
Teri McMurtry-Chubb
Mercer University School of Law, Macon
Wade Herring, II
Hunter Maclean, Savannah

Find Your School’s Suspension Rate – Now 5 Ways to Search

How do you dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline & stem the flow of out-of-school suspensions? With the right tools!

New! Select your public school district and then your school. Search totals, grade, gender, race/ethnicity, or school lunch eligibility.

Just released! Student Tribunals: An Assessment of the Disciplinary Process in Georgia Public Schools

Under Georgia law, a student facing a suspension of more than ten days is entitled to a disciplinary hearing, often called a tribunal. Rarely do students have legal representation at the hearing, contributing to due process violations.

This report examines the fairness of the tribunal and recommends systemic changes to better ensure school discipline is just and fair. Read it here.

Filling the Tribunal Representation Gap

Georgia Appleseed’s Young Professionals Council created a training manual and CLE for non-education attorneys representing students pro bono in hearings. The popular course presents experience-based strategies. Sign up here for the ICLE at the Georgia Bar on November 20.

Foster Kids & Tribunals: CLE Participants Opt In

Georgia Appleseed has teamed with the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) and Fulton County DFCS to identify tribunal-trained attorneys willing to represent foster children who often attend the hearing alone. CLE participants may opt into a volunteer list maintained by the OCA, in collaboration with DFCS.

Education Advocates Foster Educational Success for Children in Care

For children in foster care, multiple placements and changing schools often mean that educational progress and academic achievement are disrupted.

Georgia Appleseed, in partnership with Families First and Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), has created a first for Georgia: an Education Advocate program. It recruits and trains volunteers to protect the education rights and needs of foster kids at school and in juvenile court

Read our new report, Fostering Educational Success: Improving Academic Stability and Attainment for Georgia's Children in Care.

Interested in becoming a volunteer Education Advocate? Learn more here.

Georgia Appleseed Projects

Georgia Appleseed's pro bono volunteers and partners are hard at work.

Click here for an overview of projects underway.

A Turning Point for Georgia's Children: New Juvenile Code Signed into Law

Sharon Hill, Melissa Carter, and Pat Willis celebrate with Rep. Wendell Willard, sponsor of HB242.

Culminating seven years of effort by GA Appleseed and the JUSTGeorgia coalition, Gov Nathan Deal signed Georgia's new juvenile code into law on May 2, 2013 in Dalton, Georgia.

Leaders of JUSTGeorgia, a statewide coalition working since 2006 to update the juvenile code, called the new law a pivotal moment for Georgia's children and families.

"Georgia's new approach to juvenile law has the potential to have positive impact on generations to come," said Sharon Hill, executive director of Georgia Appleseed, one of three lead partners in the JUSTGeorgia coalition. "This is truly a turning point for our children."

Georgia Appleseed's report, Common Wisdom: Making the Case for a New Georgia Juvenile Code (2008) provided stakeholder input imperative to development of the new code legislation. Thirteen major law firms and more than 260 pro bono volunteers participated in the effort.

Sharon Hill joined with other lead advocates to witness the bill signing. Watch it here.

Read the press release.

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