New! Health & Human Services Resource Guide

Please see this new resource from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to support healthy families. This 36-page guide includes information regarding services related to health and safety, food and nutrition, early care and education, housing and many other topics. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish versions. You can access the resource by clicking here.


Report Provides Juvenile Court Statistics

The National Center for Juvenile Justice has published "Juvenile Court Statistics 2005." The report, developed with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), describes delinquency cases between 1985 and 2005 and petitioned status offense cases between 1995 and 2005 handled by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The report offers some interesting statistics regarding increases in petitioned truancy cases between 1995 and 2005, such as:

  • The number of petitioned truancy cases processed by juvenile courts increased by 60%.
  • The petitioned truancy case rate increased steadily (45%).
  • The number of truancy cases increased substantially for all racial groups.
  • Schools referred 73% of the petitioned truancy cases in 2005.
  • The annual number of cases in which the youth was adjudicated a status offender increased 71% for truancy...
  • Compared with 1995, the 2005 adjudicated status offense caseload contained a smaller proportion of runaway cases and a larger proportion of truancy cases.
  • In 2005, truancy cases accounted for the largest share of adjudicated status offense cases that resulted in out-of-home placement.
  • In 2005, of a typical 1,000 formal truancy cases, 347 resulted in formal probation and 59 were placed out of the home.

To view the entire document, this resource can be found on the OJJDP website.

Announcing the Launch of the Pennsylvania Truancy Toolkit
The Pennsylvania Toolkit for School Attendance and Truancy Reduction is a cross-system project coordinated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Schools and Communities.

This web-based resource for truancy prevention will help schools and communities design new strategies for ensuring that students attend school, feel an attachment to school, and achieve their educational goals.

Judge Joan Byer Presents on Truancy Prevention
On May 7, 2008, Judge Joan Byer, former president of the National Truancy Prevention Association, provided a two-hour plenary session on truancy prevention, highlighting the Louisville Truancy Court Diversion Program. Learn more...

What is your school's dropout rate for 2006-07?
The state Department of Education lists 2006-07 dropout rates by school. Click here for full report

Why Do Students Drop Out?
What is the reason cited by 70 percent of students as to why they dropped out of school? Find out here...

What is your school's dropout rate for 2005-06?
The state Department of Education lists 2005-06 dropout rates by school.
Click here for full report

Truancy prevention plenary to be held at the 2008 Safe Schools Conference
On May 7, 2008, Judge Joan Byer, current president of the National Truancy Prevention Association, will be providing a two -hour plenary session on truancy prevention, highlighting the Louisville Truancy Court Diversion Program. Learn more...

Petitioned Status Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 2004
A new report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, "Petitioned Status Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 2004" states that truancy cases increased 69% between 1995 and 2004. Click here for the full report.

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