Category Archives: Education

Monday’s Children and the Law Roundup

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Restriction of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles, Juvenile Justice Exchange Forum Legislators in Texas heard a proposal Tuesday from Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte that would limit solitary confinement throughout the state’s juvenile detention facilities, the Associated Press reports. “You might think that nobody puts a kid in seclusion for more […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Arkansas Inmate [Jackson] Whose Case Helped Prompt US High Court Juvenile Sentencing Ruling Gets New Hearing, The Washington Post Kuntrell Jackson . . . was sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999.  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, April […]

Baby Talk

In a recent article published in the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the idea of baby talk.  In The Power of Talking to Your Baby definitive and critical research about child development is discussed.  Scholars have debated the reason(s) for the dramatic chasm between children raised in poverty and those who are not.  Numerous […]

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 […]