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 Juvenile Services Education Program (JSEP) and Board

The Juvenile Services Education Program (JSEP) and Board is an independent unit within the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) to oversee and provide comprehensive educational services to all juveniles placed in a DJS operated detention and residential facility. The JSEP Superintendent is responsible for implementing and administering educational programs approved by the JSEP Board and DJS provides support services to the unit. Students are able to receive instruction in coursework aligned with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) graduation requirements. Students are able to receive Career and Technology Education (CTE) certifications, specialized instruction, participate in GED completion, receive comprehensive school counseling support, and post-secondary opportunities. JSEP will also include instruction in core content subjects, library/media services, life skills, and special education services. Students are pre-tested upon entry to the JSEP to assess baseline academic skills. Teachers then use those results to design specialized learning plans for each student and develop the basis for daily instruction.​

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Legislative Background

During the 2021 Legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr., signed into law SB 497, Chapter 145 “Juvenile Services Education Board and Program." The legislation transitions the responsibility of implementing a juvenile services education program from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to the Juvenile Services Education Program (JSEP) and Board. The JSEP and Board is an independent unit within the Maryland Department of Juveniles Services (DJS) and is responsible for the oversight and provision of educational services to all youth placed in DJS operated detention and residential facilities.

As of July 1, 2022, the responsibility of implementing educational programming transferred from MSDE to DJS; who worked collaboratively in order to support a successful transfer of educational responsibilities. JSEP will continue to provide support for all JSEP Board activities and assess operational needs in order to provide quality education for all JSEP students.​​

Important Dates:

  • Educator Nomination Period: Opens July 8th - Closes July 22nd, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Election Ballot Certification: To be completed by July 25th, 2021
  • Educator Member Election: July 26th - August 1st, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. - electronic vote
  • Election Results: Announcement no later than August 4th, 2021​
  • December 1, 2021 - MSDE and DJS must submit a report detailing plans for transition.
  • July 1, 2022 - JSEP assumes control of the day-to-day educational staffing, programs, and services within the Department of Juvenile Services.​
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