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No More 'At-Risk' Students in California []


By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2019

A decades-long effort to change how educators talk about students facing economic or social challenges has been backed by California lawmakers.

A bill to remove references to “at-risk youth” and replace the term with “at-promise youth” in California’s Education Code and Penal Code was approved by California governor Gavin Newsom in mid-October. The California Education Code is a collection of laws primarily applying to public K-12 schools. The bill does not change the definition of "at risk," it merely replaces it with "at promise."

“For far too long, the stigmatizing label of ‘at risk’ has been used to describe youth living in difficult situations,” said Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., lead author of the bill, in an address to the California State Assembly earlier this year.

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I am so glad to see this!  we have some more work to do.  The most stigmatizing language we use is in Special Education:  Special Day Classes;  Mild Moderate and Moderate Severe.... I am not sure what they mean?  I would love to work with others to shift this to more of a Growth Mindset! 

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