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Research grant from the National Institute of Justice.

Nov. 10, 2015 – Dr. Gerard Lawson, EDCO and Dr. Kami Patrizio, EDEL have recently been awarded a $914,000 research grant from the National Institute of Justice. The grant, entitled “A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School to Prison Pipeline in Virginia”, will rely on school climate, safety, threat assessment, and crime data from Virginia to determine factors influencing juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system. Dr. Yatsuo Miyazaki, EDRE, Dr. Gary Skaggs, EDRE, and a number of Virginia Tech graduate students are also part of the research team. The research is being conducted in response to a 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity, which found that Virginia has more school based law enforcement referrals than any state in the country. Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Children’s Cabinet, comprised of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and Virginia’s Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety, has endorsed the project with its full support. The Co-Chairs of the Children’s Cabinet, Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel and Secretary of Education Anne B. Holton, have described the research as vital to informing policy and educational practice in Virginia and across the country.