Kicked Out: Forum on Unfair & Unequal Discipline in VT Public Schools – 844-292-1318 Vermont legal aid

Sponsored by Vermont Legal Aid, Just Schools Project, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Office of Diversity, Equality and Social Justice, and the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, VT, the forum explores the uses of exclusionary discipline as used in Vermont public schools. The starting point is a report written by Jay Diaz, formerly of /vermont Legal Aid of the same name.

The Panel, moderated by Mel Motel, Director School Justice Project, consists of: Jay Diaz (by video-conference from Burlington); Hon, Katherine Hayes, Superior Court Judge, Vermont Superior Court, Windham Unit; Mary Ross, Asst Principal at Academy Elemetary School, Brattleboro; Karen Cribari, Youth Advocate, Youth Services, Brattleboro; Mile Szostak, Restorative Justice, in the Brattleboro Union High School; Shenise Taliaferro, Student and AWARE Group Member, BUHS.

Each panelist anserws three questions posed by Mel Motel. Audience members also shared their opinions and experience.
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In 2012, Vermont experienced a 30% increase in identified homeless public school students. To ensure proper identification, enrollment, and support, it is vital that parents, schools, and advocates understand the rights of homeless students. This presentation will review the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the many types of students covered by the Act, and the situations where conflict or misunderstanding may arise.

Presenter: Jay Diaz, Vermont Poverty Law Fellow / Staff Attorney, Poverty Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid

*Please note that the sound quality on this recording is poor, and we will be re-recording this webinar at a later date.

Vermont Legal Aid files lawsuit against state – 844-292-1318 Vermont legal aid

Vermont Legal Aid attorney Barbara Prine announces the lawsuit her organization and Disability Rights Vermont have filed in Washington Superior Court against the state for failing to adequately investigate cases of reported abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.
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Across the Fence is the longest-running locally-produced program in the US. We have been on-air on WCAX-TV since 1955! Across the Fence is produced by the University of Vermont Extension. Visit
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