Nebraska's Tool Kit for Systems Involved in the Education of Students in Out-of-Home Care

Tool B-1:  Asking the RIght Questions
Nebraska's Judicial Checklist to Address the Educational Needs of Students in Out-Of-Home Care

Part One: Systems Collaboration
Section B. Asking the Right Questions


The following is a sample of questions which have been developed to assist Nebraska judges in ensuring the educational needs of children and youth in out-of-home care are addressed. Nebraska's Judicial Checklist has been adapted from "Asking the Right Questions II: Judicial Checklists to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care", developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Casey Family Programs.

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The questions in Nebraska's Judicial Checklist are meant to serve only as a tool to assist the Juvenile Court Judge in making specific inquiries into pertinent information related to a student's education as well as seek further information to improve that child's academic outcomes. The extent to which all or only a portion of the questions are explored will vary based on each student's academic needs and circumstances.

Use of the Judicial Checklist is also intended to promote the expectation that child welfare and juvenile justice professionals be prepared to report and respond to education-related issues in cases involving court-involved students. While statutory law, administrative rules and regulations may address some of those questions in general terms, it is each school district's policies and procedures that translate into actual practice. Familiarity and ongoing communication with the school as to how its policies, procedures and protocols may relate to a particular child or youth under a specific set of circumstances is recommended as a matter of "best practice" and may greatly assist in advocating for that student and achievement of his or her academic and vocational goals.

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When more detailed information about a student's education is needed or there are specific education-related issues to be addressed by the Court, judges and child welfare and juvenile justice professionals are encouraged to refer to Asking the Right Questions: Nebraska's Systems Checklist to Address the Educational Needs of Students in Out-of-Home Care provided in the Systems Tool Kit – Part One, Tool B-1.



The national model, Asking the Right Questions II: Judicial Checklists to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care, developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Casey Family Programs is also available at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/events/pdfs/judicial_checklist.pdf


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