May 2018

Seeking 400 Hours
We're on the hunt for lawyers and professionals willing to donate pro bono services between now and the end of June! Research topics include healthcare/Medicaid, foster care, behavioral health, housing, law enforcement, and school discipline.  Interested?  Connect with us. 

Spellbound for Justice
Break out your dictionaries, because YPC's signature event returns June 20th! Young professionals and summer associates are invited to join GA Appleseed and the YPC at Hudson Grille Midtown for Spellbound for Justice, a friendly night of a Scrabble, drinks, prizes, and fun! Get your firm to sponsor a team or join as a guest

Bibb PBIS Bus Tour Showcases Success
On may 10th, Bibb County Schools hosted a bus tour, showcasing the success of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports implementation in the district. During the tour, educators and stakeholders got to see first-hand best practices for PBIS implementation. Check out GA Appleseed's "Keeping Kids in Class Toolkit" to see how PBIS is affecting out of school suspension rates in Bibb County. 

JCAP Assessment Report
Embracing Common Wisdom, GA Appleseed's most recent report, assesses the impact of Georgia's new Juvenile Code since it's implementation in 2014. Read it here

Terrence Wilson
GA Appleseed Staff Attorney
A Look at School Safety


As I was in the process of creating this blog post to share, news broke of yet another school shooting in Texas. Although we are less than half way through the year, there have already been over 20 shootings at schools across the country. Now, more than ever, it is vital for advocates, parents and communities to work together to create ways to ensure that children can spend more time focused on schoolwork and less time afraid for their safety.

Feeling this same sentiment, the Georgia General Assembly has decided to increase focus on school safety. They approved $16 million dollars in bonds that can be used on school safety equipment like cameras and metal detectors, and have decided to study the issue in depth over the break between legislative sessions. To perform this vital task, the Georgia House of Representatives created the "House Study Committee on School Security" (via HR1414, 2018), and the Georgia Senate created the "Senate School Safety Study Committee" (via SR 935, 2018). The House study committee held its first meeting on May 14, and Speaker of the House David Ralston attended and charged the members to identify ways to improve safety that go beyond solely adding money to the schools' safety budgets.

To that end there are several different strategies that can be utilized to impact school safety including investment in the amount of school safety equipment (metal detectors/cameras) and personnel (school resource officers), but the method that Georgia Appleseed believes is most crucial is  focusing on school safety by improving school climate.  

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R to L: Current GA Appleseed Executive Director, Talley Wells; Keynote Speaker Gov. Roy E. Barnes; Honoree & Founding GA Appleseed Executive Director, Judge Sharon N. Hill. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters and guests who made Good Apple 2018 a night to remember! See highlights from the event on our Facebook page here. Thank you to all of our Good Apple Sponsors. 

A special thank you to our major sponsors: 
Taylor English
Kilpatrick Townsend
Eversheds Sutherland
King & Spalding
Nelson Mullins