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Louisiana: State of Louisiana Performance Standards, Guidelines for Development and Revision

A performance standard is the expected level of performance associated with a particular performance indicator for a particular period and funding level. Performance standards are developed during the operating budget development process and established during the appropriation process.

1999-09-15
Oregon: Coordinate and Facilitate Community-Based Comprehensive Planning

In 1999, the Oregon Legislature adopted Senate Bill 555, which established a state policy requiring state agencies to work in partnership with local communities to plan, coordinate, and provide services accordingly for Oregon’s children and families.

1999-09-01
Youth Today: The Power of Engagement

By Karen Pittman, September 1999

“Problem-free isn’t fully prepared.” I coined this phrase more than a decade ago to explain quickly to diverse audiences the fundamental difference between the goals of prevention and preparation, and the practices of working from strengths rather than addressing deficits. It stuck. I have threatened to have bumper stickers made, but haven’t.

1999-09-01
Motivation for Learning: Youth Voices for Educational Change

This publication features the opinions and experiences of young people, speaking to the topic of school reform and redesign. It is based on panels facilitated in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation Schools for a New Society Initiative and the Council of Chief State School Officers 1999 Summer Institute.

1999-08-15
Youth Today: Tipping Toward Youth Development

By Karen Pittman, July 1999

A National Campaign to Reduce Youth Violence? Having once headed the now defunct President’s Crime Prevention Council, I was chagrined to see President Clinton propose another campaign in the midst of the youth violence debate.

1999-07-01
Youth Today: The 8 R's: Building Community Within Schools

By Karen Pittman, June 1999

“Shoelace monitor.” This is the new job that a group of four-year-olds asked their teacher to post so they could apply. Their logic: Lots of kids still can’t tie their shoes well. The teacher spends time tying shoes, straining her back and cutting into playground time. The solution: Certify lace tie-ers to help.

1999-06-01
Youth Today: Building an Alliance Building

By Karen Pittman, May 1999

It’s May — an important time for America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. Its second Report to the Nation is due. Questions abound as the organization enters its third year, especially since it repealed its own sunset law in order to keep the doors open past 2000. Is there real promise to America’s Promise? Can it forge a real alliance for youth?

1999-05-01
Youth Today: Affordable, Accessible, Appropriate

By Karen Pittman, April 1999

Reduced Crime. Averted pregnancies. Improved grades. Reassured parents. Engaged youth. That’s five good reasons to support after-school programming for children and youth. We do not need more research to document what every parent knows: Our youth need caring people to talk to, safe places to go, healthy possibilities to explore. To the extent that we aggressively provide them with these basic supports, we increase the chances that youth stay on the paths that we lay out for them. To the extent that we leave these things to chance, or put the full burden for arranging and paying for these supports on parents, we increase the chances that youth problems will increase and youth preparation will suffer.

1999-04-01
Youth Today: Keep on Tithing

By Karen Pittman, March 1999

55. 13. 7. A lock combination? A football play? No. These are the birth rates per 1,000 15- to 19-year-olds per the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, brought to us by D.C.-based Advocates for Youth and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Forty public health researchers and two teenage journalists formed a study tour that visited three countries (France was also included) to explore the sociological, cultural and community factors that influence adolescent sexual behaviors.

1999-03-01
Youth Today: An Unbalanced Proposition

By Karen Pittman, February 1999

President Clinton’s recent proposal to up the funding for 21st Century Schools is probably one of the youth development field’s best wins in a long time. He wants to add $400 million next year for after-school programming, for a total of $600 million. That would help provide an estimated 1 million students with after-school academic and non-academic supports and opportunities. The Youth Development Block Grant Act – which failed to win passage in the 104th Congress – was slotted for $891 million. So why aren’t youth workers cheering?

1999-02-01