The Juvenile Justice Office of Education works with the Florida Department of Education and local school districts to implement programs for youth in the Department of Juvenile Justice Facilities. The Depart of Education (DOE) is the lead agency for juvenile justice education curriculum and resources. The DOE provides trainings, collects research regarding academic performance of students in the juvenile justice programs, and works to continue developing academic and career protocols to guide transfer and transitions of youth.
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Goal 5: Quality Education in Facilities
Goal 7: Career Pathways
Goal 8: Post-Secondary Access
Goal 9: Smooth Transitions
Local school districts in Florida are responsible for the delivery of education in state-run juvenile justice facilities located in their counties. Each district school board is required to make provisions for high school level students to earn credits toward high school graduation while in residential and nonresidential juvenile justice education programs, including for the transfer of credits and partial credits earned.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has entered a partnership with the Department of Education in which the DOE makes available Carl D. Perkins grants for Juvenile Justice facilities to allow for the development of non-traditional career exploration programs. Each year, the Department of Education sets aside $450,00 to support career training and education programming in juvenile justice facilities.
Empowered Youth is an organization aiming to support youth who are involved or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. The program provides support, life skills programing, and job opportunities for participants through a two-phase model.
Local school districts in Florida are responsible for the delivery of education in state-run juvenile justice facilities located in their counties. The educational programming available must meet students’ needs and may include career and professional education (“CAPE”) courses and related services which support transition goals and reentry. The law requires that prevention and day treatment juvenile justice education programs provide, at a minimum, career readiness and exploration opportunities.
Florida law requires that the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Juvenile Justice, local school district boards, and providers, establish “[o]bjective and measurable student performance measures to evaluate a student’s educational progress while participating in a prevention, day treatment, or residential program” and a “performance rating system . . .