With the roll-out last summer of the "Breaking Schools' Rules" study by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Chief Justice Jefferson signaled his interest in a topic that has been catching on nationwide, and even "across the pond." (You can view the roll-out event from July 19, 2011, on the Supreme Court's archived webcasts, hosted by St. Mary's University School of law, here.)
Next Thursday February 2nd at 2:00 in the Supreme Court courtroom, the Texas Judicial Council's new Juvenile Justice Committee will take up the issue, with a charge to "Assess the impact of school discipline and school-based policing on referrals to the municipal, justice, and juvenile courts and identify judicial policies or initiatives that: work to reduce referrals without having a negative impact on school safety; limit recidivism; and preserve judicial resources for students who are in need of this type of intervention."
And on February 20th from 1:00-5:00, the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation is hosting a symposium entitled "School Discipline: A Pathway to the Juvenile Justice System or an Opportunity for Effective Intervention?" The program features Chief Justice Jefferson, Senator Whitmire, and other luminaries.
An agenda with a complete list of speakers is forthcoming and will be available at: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/events/2012/barbara-jordan-freedom-foundation-symposium.