Category Archives: Education

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Criminalizing Children at School, The New York Times The National Rifle Association and President Obama responded to the Newtown, Conn., shootings by recommending that more police officers be placed in the nation’s schools. But a growing body of research suggests that, contrary to popular wisdom, a larger police presence in schools generally does little to improve […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Horrific Child Abuse Case Moves Mississippi to Toughen the Law, WLOX 13 Monday, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1259, also known as the Lonnie Smith Act. It’s named in honor of a Jackson County boy who suffered unthinkable abuse from his own mother. Supporters said the new law bridges the gap between the […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Cuba Hands Over Hakken Family to US: Boys Head Back to Grandparents, Mom and Dad Cool Heels in Jail, Newser The Hakken family is back on US soil this morning, after Cuba handed the foursome over to US custody without ado. Josh and Sharyn Hakken, accused of abducting their two sons and sailing off to the island nation, […]

Texas Senate Approves Bill to Limit Ticketing Youth

Texas Senate Approves Bill to Limit Ticketing Youth, Education Week Faced with a documented pattern of teenagers pushed into the criminal justice system for acting out in class, Texas lawmakers on Thursday advanced a measure to start decriminalizing youthful misbehavior. The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would limit the practice of issuing tickets for […]

Autism Awareness Day

The sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2, 2013. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. I wanted to take the time to explain to those who may not be familiar with autism as to what it is exactly so as to spread awareness. All of […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You: The 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, The White House Blog The First Family today welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the South Lawn for the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You” was inspired by Let’s Move!, and the day’s […]

2013 Texas Legislative Update: Values in Education – What are Parents’ Rights and What is Appropriate in School Settings?

The issue of how values and religious traditions can come into education is not new.  Every legislative session various bills are filed for school children based purely on the values and religion of legislators, possibly even requested by parents and guardians.  These Representatives, Senators, and parents are seeking to increase religion in school after Supreme […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Finds Ohio High School Football Players Guilty of Raping Girl, Chicago Tribune STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Two high school football players from Ohio were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer while she was in a drunken stupor in a case that gained national exposure through social […]

Yoga: Relaxing Exercise or Hindu Religious Indoctrination?

Paul Ecke Central Elementary School in Encinitas, California has started teaching yoga classes to its elementary school students. The classes are to be held twice weekly for thirty minutes a session. Some parents are raising religious objections to these classes, fearing that the program will promote Hindu religious beliefs. They are claiming it violates their […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Clayton juvenile program becomes model for state reform, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Quantavius Poole was a school brawler, a drug dealer, and he was facing five years in juvenile detention. Now, at 17, he is a sous chef for a caterer. He hopes to enlist in the National Guard so he can pay his way through […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Bully Effect, Anderson Cooper 360 An extraordinary documentary called “Bully” captured a behavior adults hear about, but rarely see: the way some kids pressure and relentlessly harass their peers. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch was embedded in several schools for an entire year. What he filmed was so raw and eye-opening that the project catapulted a […]