This historic Summit, conceived with the insight and expertise of a diverse group of stakeholders, is finally here. It is certainly not the first time where the school-justice connection has been the topic of discussion. It is however the first time top judicial, education and other leaders from 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have come together to hear cutting edge research, information and concrete strategies to keep kids in school and out of court. We are excited to be at this threshold where State Teams can take advantage of the mounting interest in this issue and propel meaningful change to school discipline policies and practices and the consequential involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
The enthusiasm and extent of conversations we have had with so many states and the willingness of state leaders to come together during this busy time underscores the interest in this issue across the country.
We look forward to meeting you and thank you for being part of this Summit as we strive to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Kathleen R. DeCataldo, Esq.
Toni A. Lang, Ph.D.
Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chair of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, convened the National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court with the encouragement and assistance from a diverse group of partners and supporters.