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All young people must have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in our society.  The ACLU Youth Policy project seeks to ensure that young people – particularly those who have been historically excluded or underserved – receive meaningful education and services in communities, instead of being pushed to a juvenile justice system that will undermine their ability to be successful as adults.  Our current focus is on reforming school discipline policies and practices, working to limit school-based referrals to the juvenile justice system, and decreasing the over-reliance on jails and prisons for young people in the juvenile and adult criminal law systems.
Stop pushing special education students out of school:  ACLU of Washington lawsuit seeks to stop students who require special education from being pushed out of Washington's public schools
Settlement will limit the use of solitary confinement for youth in detention in Grays Harbor County.
Washington Supreme Court rules that judges can use age to impose more just sentences for youth
Prosecutors should think twice before charging teens who sext

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News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases on Dec. 4 – including one from Seattle – involving desegregation programs in public schools. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the cases.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
In the latest ACLU case backing student rights in cyberspace, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee today ruled that public school officials cannot punish a student for free speech outside of school.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Mount Vernon High School has opened its formerly all-female cheerleading squad to all students, regardless of gender, after the ACLU intervened on behalf of a male transgender student who was denied a full opportunity to participate.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
For the second straight year, the first week of school brought the ACLU a plea for help from a student in trouble for refusing to stand for the flag salute.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The ACLU has filed a suit challenging a plan for suspicionless drug testing of students at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, because it violates students’ privacy and interferes with parental rights.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The Nine Mile Falls School District has decided to stop searching students with drug-sniffing dogs. The decision avoided a planned lawsuit by the ACLU and the Center for Justice.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Students in Bellingham can continue distributing at school the alternative newspaper they produce thanks to help from the ACLU.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
A group of parents is challenging the suspicionless testing of Wahkiakum School District students who participate in extracurricular athletic activities.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
A former high school student who was suspended for creating a parody on the Internet is getting damages from the school district that wrongfully punished him.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
16 high school students from across the country will each be awarded a $12,500 college scholarship for their dedication to preserve our civil liberties.

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