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9/8/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

 

1. New Jersey teens start gubernatorial council

In New Jersey, a group of high school teens are starting a council to encourage other teens to get involved in government on the state level. The group wants politicians to take them more seriously, and is proposing a council with 24 high school age members that will be elected on two-year terms. The initiative to create the council, now made up of 80 teens, has gained endorsements from mayors and other leaders throughout New Jersey. 

 

2.  Incarcerated teens belong in the classroom

At Riker's Island, there are currently more than 300 16- and 17-year-olds who won't be out in time for the first day of school this year. More than 85 percent are Latinx or black, and more than 90 percent are teens who aren't yet convicted but are awaiting trial because their families can't afford bail. That's why a new organization, the Bronx Freedom Fund, started a campaign called Classrooms Not Cages, to get the teens out of jail and into the classroom. As of September 7, the initiative had surpassed its goal of raising $100,000.

 

3. Utah school has a lucrative way to prevent tardiness

At one high school in Utah, students are now being fined a fee for being late to school. The first time students are late, they get a warning. The second time they have to pay $3, and the third time, they owe $5. The fines incurred go to a fund towards "student incentives." What do your students think about this practice?

 

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