Jan | Feb 2014




Stated Briefly

Group Explores Deeper Learning

CSG’s Deeper Learning Focus Group met in the spring of 2012 to examine how education systems can be improved to support more rigorous, student-centered instruction. The focus group is comprised of more than 20 legislators, state and local education leaders, and officials from national education agencies.
The discussions included ways instruction, assessments, accountability, teacher and leader effectiveness, and technology should change to ensure students master core content, think critically, solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively and direct their own learning. CSG will use recommendations made by the group in a policy framework to incorporate the principles of deeper learning in public education.
The work of the focus group is made possible through funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
 

Report Focuses on Police ResponsesTo People With Mental Illnesses

The Council of State Governments Justice Center will be releasing a report in January highlighting state initiatives for stimulating and supporting local-level specialized policing responses for people with mental illnesses. The specialized responses help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and support, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
“Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives” is the result of a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice.
It examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people with mental illnesses safer and to produce better mental health and criminal justice system outcomes. The report focuses on Connecticut, Ohio and Utah. These three states represent differently structured initiatives with extensive experience with specialized responses. It also includes program examples from other states—Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Maine.

NAST Pinnacle Achievement Awards

The National Association of State Treasurers recently launched the NAST Pinnacle Achievement Awards program to assist state treasurers in recognizing organizations and businesses that have a record of promoting the association’s goals and providing service to the nation’s state treasurers.
The award is the brainchild of Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard Jr.
“The award provides a mechanism to allow treasurers to recognize exemplary service of organizations and businesses that promote NAST’s goals, especially in the areas of financial literacy and support of our network organizations,” said NAST Executive Director Jon Lawniczak.
 

Increasing Public Safety,Reducing Corrections Spending

In 2012, CSG Justice Center staff assisted state leaders in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania in efforts to reduce corrections spending and generate savings to be reinvested in strategies that increase public safety. Reinvestments included increased services and support for victims, targeted grants to law enforcement and training for probation/parole. Sixteen states have designed justice reinvestment strategies since the effort began in 2007.
 

Discover Corrections Website Now Available

Discover Corrections—accessible at www.DiscoverCorrections.com—is a new free career resource tool managed by the American Probation and Parole Association, in partnership with American Correctional Association, American Jail Association and the Center for Innovative Public Policies, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
 

2012 Toll Fellow Named to North Carolina Supreme Court

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in December appointed Cheri Beasley, a 2012 CSG Toll Fellow, to the state Supreme Court.
Beasley served as 12th Judicial District judge from 1999 to 2008, when she was elected to the state Court of Appeals. She had previously served as an assistant public defender in Fayetteville.