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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Report: D.C. juvenile program improved

By Washington Post editors

The monitor overseeing a court-ordered reform of the District's juvenile justice agency said the city had staged a "remarkable" turnaround in how it educates juveniles in long-term detention.

In a report released Thursday, monitor Grace M. Lopes said the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services has taken a school once marked by a lack of certified teachers and appropriate services and turned it into a model program.

In a 53-page report filed in D.C. Superior Court, Lopes said an educational expert had conducted an assessment of the school over several months in 2009 and 2010, and concluded that the school was one of the "best" she had ever seen.

The Maya Angelou Academy is housed at New Beginnings, the modern detention facility that the District opened in Laurel last year for long-term juvenile detainees. New Beginnings replaced the notorious Oak Hill detention center.

The report is a boost to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, which has been under fire this year in the aftermath of several high-profile crimes involving young people.

In her report, Lopes said with the progress in education the District had satisfied one of the goals set out to end its long-standing lawsuit over its juvenile justice system.

--Henri E. Cauvin

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
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Comments

So tell us, Oh-prideful DCYRS: what percent of your prisoners---oops, I mean residential customers---have obtained a high school diploma while in your custody?

Is hiring certified teachers the "best" substantive claim you can make? How about actual results? Education? Can you spell r-e-c-i-d-i-v-i-s-m?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | July 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This article reads like it was written by a high school student. The only details in the story is that New Beginnings now has certified teachers and the school is one of the "best" Lopes had ever seen. Did the detainees in the Father's Day Riot get good grades for destroying property, The one who assaulted the guard must have gotten an "A+" for stealing the key and letting the others out. Story is BS!!!!!

Posted by: impat1210 | July 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow...in 6 weeks so much improvement...I'm impressed...guess those escapes, disturbances and youths involved in the principal being murdered must have happened a few years ago and are just memories now of a time when the system was in chaos...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 8, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

im sure the person is a fenty or support of Fenty (or even worse just wanted to keep his or her job so its and out right lie) so its flaws somewhere in the report

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | July 9, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

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