S. 381, the Bringing Missing Children Home Act of 2015, would require that a portion of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s grant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children be used to establish a cyber tipline for online child sex trafficking. The bill was introduced Feb. 5 by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A companion bill, H.R. 1115, was introduced on Feb. 26 by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH).
H.R. 562, the Improving Education for Foster Youth Act, would require schools that receive funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish policies ensuring that youth in foster care who are required to change schools may transfer credits and receive partial credits for work successfully completed. The bill was introduced on Jan. 27 by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). It was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 731, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015, expands assistance provided to eligible youth and adults. For funding purposes, the bill would give preference to adult and juvenile justice collaborations that focus on individuals who are at moderate to high risk for recidivism. The bill was introduced by Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL) on March 16. It was referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
H.R. 1435, the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require schools to establish plans that promote positive school climates. The bill would, among other things, place an emphasis on positive prevention measures instead of exclusionary discipline practices. The bill was introduced by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) on March 18. It was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.