The Big Problem with SB 1920

Let’s apply the chicken-or-egg question to the child welfare “improvement” proposed by SB 1920, which will mandate a new state government department for state-compensated attorneys representing foster children in dependency hearings. Which should come first – identifying the problem or implementing a solution? The answer may seem obvious, but as The Children’s Campaign listened to testimony presented in a Senate committee hearing, it’s clear some are moving too quickly to propose a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist, rather than digging further to understand the model that’s being proposed or the many negative unintended consequences. The big problem with SB 1920? First it will require significant tax dollars but ...Read More

2021-04-14T08:20:45-04:00April 13, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Capitol Report: Good and Not-So-Good Child Welfare Discussions in Tallahassee

Legislative session passed the halfway mark at the end of last week. By this weekend it will be 60% complete. Bills that are moving are known, as well as bills that are stuck, waiting for work to be done over the summer in anticipation of an early start to the 2022 convening. Themes announced by the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker in the weeks preceding session and on opening day are playing out. Many remain in the ideologically and citizen divisive post national election drama. In addition to the policy-oriented legislation in play, more attention is now directed to the state budget. While preliminary budgets have passed both chambers, ...Read More

2021-04-06T17:12:39-04:00April 6, 2021|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls

High rates of disproportionate arrests and lockups in nearly one-fourth of Florida counties    New research by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Sounding the Alarm: Criminalization of Black Girls in Florida, finds Black girls in Florida are disproportionately punished at nearly every disciplinary point in the education and juvenile justice systems. The findings are relevant to bringing forth the overdue justice and educational reforms needed to support the wellbeing of girls and young women. Although Black girls account for just 21% of the girl population in Florida, they are more than two times overrepresented in: Out-of-school suspensions for girls (49%) Incidents involving girls and law enforcement in schools eligible ...Read More

2021-03-24T12:08:21-04:00March 24, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|