Category Archives: Education

Education and Immigration

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that Alabama’s immigration law requiring public schools to check the citizenship status of new students was unconstitutional. The Court maintained that the provision singles out children who are in the country illegally, and keeps undocumented children from enrolling and attending school. School officials reported that the parents of […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile justice agency outlines critical needs, plans for 10% budget cut, Grits for Breakfast Blog, Texas The risk to consolidating juvenile probation with youth prisons was always that, when push came to shove with the budget, “secure facilities” would be prioritized over community based programming, which has by all accounts worked well. (Everyone, myself included, […]

Collateral Consequences: Download this Handy Resource for Children and Families

It is critical that children and families understand their options before making any legal decisions regarding children involved in the juvenile justice system.  The implications for children found guilty by the juvenile court can have far-reaching implications and collateral consequences for both children and their families.  Often involvement in the system is confusing and overwhelming […]

N.J. Governor Chris Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform Law

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) signed a bill Monday making it more difficult for teachers to receive tenure. The bill, though hotly debated in New Jersey’s legislature, was a rare example of bipartisanship: Gov. Chris Christie today signed a contentious bill aimed at toughening the path to tenure for the state’s public school teachers, hailing it as […]

Minorities, Immigration & Educational Policy in the News

Education Week Snippet: “White House Initiative Targets Education for African Americans” by Lesli A. Maxwell. President Obama signed an executive order to launch the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The purpose of the initiative is to help high-school and college-bound African Americans by creating “greater access to a complete and competitive […]

A Summary of U.S. Supreme Court 2011-12 Term Decisions Affecting Children & Education

Education Week’s “High Court Highlights” of the 2011-12 term, provides a nice recap of the Supreme Court’s high-profile cases that have left implications on public education, juvenile justice, and more. IMMIGRATION: Arizona v. United States Court upheld a measure requiring police to determine the immigration status of someone they stop, and reasonably suspect to be […]

Should States Be Allowed to Waive No Child Left Behind’s “Highly Qualified Teacher” Requirement?

The education spending bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee panel, has catalyzed a continuing debate on whether conditional waivers of the NCLB “highly qualified” teacher requirement should be given to the states. The “highly qualified” teacher provision requires that teachers have a bachelor’s degree in the subject area they teach and could, in effect, […]

GAO: Charter Schools Enroll Less Students with Special Needs

The Government Accountability Office released a new report, at the request of Congressman George Miller (D-CA), that found that charter schools around the country enroll less students with special needs than traditional public schools. GAO researchers focused on three questions: How do enrollment levels of students with disabilities in charter schools and traditional public schools […]

Recent Developments in Education Law: June 20, 2012

Romney Releases Education Plan. A few weeks ago, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his education plan. The plan contains few surprises. Romney’s plan hits teacher’s unions and calls for private school vouchers. Although Romney’s school voucher plan is not unexpected, a writer at Time Online called Romney’s proposal “puny.” One of Romney’s policy […]

Juvenile Detention Education: 3 Success Stories

This post is part of this month’s “What’s Going Right in Public Education” series, highlighting achievements and forward-thinking ideas happening now in education policy, law, and practice. “In America, education is still the great equalizer.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Americans hold a nearly universal belief that education can be a “great equalizer.” Despite the problems with […]

Harlem Children’s Zone: Geoffrey Canada’s Efforts to Break Generational Poverty from the Start

This post is part of this month’s “What’s Going Right in Public Education” series, highlighting achievements and forward-thinking ideas happening now in education policy, law, and practice. A great deal of today’s knowledge on the benefits of early childhood education stems from a research project commenced nearly fifty years ago in a small Michigan town called Ypsilanti. […]