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Public forum at Drake University to address national debate on school discipline

March 28, 2013

Drake University presents, “Identifying School Discipline: When Should Student Misconduct be Treated as a Delinquency?,” a multi-disciplinary panel discussion to be held on Monday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Drake Legal Clinic, 2400 University Avenue. This forum is free and open to the public.

The forum will address the growing national debate on how to keep schools safe while not relying heavily on juvenile courts to address problem behavior. Eight panelists from a variety of disciplines will offer insight, and the discussion will be moderated by Brent Pattison, director of the Lyle and Joan Middleton Center for Children’s Rights. Panelists include: Marilyn Lantz, chief juvenile court officer, 5th Judicial District; Randall Wilson, legal director, ACLU of Iowa; Constance Cohen, associate juvenile court judge; Kathy Nesteby, Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning; Ruth Wright, community schools district coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools; Sergeant Lillie Miller, school resource officers supervisor, Des Moines Police Department; and Connie Cook, retired associate superintendent and principal, Des Moines Public Schools.

This event is co-sponsored by the Drake University School of Education and the Lyle and Joan Middleton Center for Children’s Rights with funding from the Joan and Lyle T. Middleton Endowment.

Seating is limited at this event. Please reserve a seat by contacting Rondolyn Hawkins at or 515-271-3857.