Weekly Roundup

Presidential Proclamation—National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2016

The essential promise that we make to our young people — that where they start must not determine how far they can go — is part of what makes America exceptional. It is our shared responsibility to ensure all children are given a fair shot at life, including a quality education and equal opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Social Issues, The Wall Street Journal

Both parties view K-12 education as the fundamental building block of American democracy: Primary and secondary schools prepare students with the skills they need to become effective workers and to participate in civic life. Where the two sides most often differ is on how to ensure that students have access to the best schools available.         

Building Community Alternatives to Virginia’s Juvenile Justice System, Community Idea Stations

Advocates and state leaders are making progress on changes to Virginia’s juvenile justice system, which includes laying the groundwork to build community-based alternatives that offer a range of support for children and families. The momentum to establish alternatives is being driven by a diverse coalition, including formerly incarcerated youth.

Abu Dhabi Schools to Ensure Child Protection Under New Policy, Gulf News

All school pupils below the age of 18 years in the emirate of Abu Dhabi are now protected by a new Child Protection Policy that ensures their safety and wellbeing.


Weekly Roundup

What Rights Does a Disabled Child Have in School?

Over a period of more than four decades, the national government has moved deeper and deeper into the realm of education for disabled children, but it still is not clear what the ultimate goal is supposed to be.  Federal funds now are provided to promote an “appropriate” education for each disabled child, but what would that be?…read more

House Education Committee Backs Bill to Overhaul Federal Juvenile-Justice Law

The House education committee unanimously backed a bill to change policies and practices governing juvenile-justice and at-risk youth and reported it favorably to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016, if approved, would become the newest version of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act…read more

First Child Dies by Legal Euthanasia in Belgium

A terminally ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country did away with age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago, according to the senator who wrote the law…read more


Weekly Roundup

Teachers, SROs Must Learn to Manage Students Without Using Justice System

The reasons why schools have SROs vary, ranging from attempting to keep students safe from intruders, to taking a proactive measure to reduce crime in schools, to trying to promote a more orderly school environment, to fostering more trust among police, youth and communities. There is still a dearth of research substantiating whether SROs actually create safer, more orderly learning environments for students or foster more trust. Further, too many of us still fail to fully appreciate the serious repercussions of having more law enforcement involvement in our schools… read more

Study: ‘Glaring Inequality’ in Juvenile-Justice System Fines and Fees

— The juvenile-justice system can pose financial burdens on youth depending on their economic background and the color of their skin. A new study, conducted by the Juvenile Law Center, found that juvenile court fines and fee structures more severely affect poor families and exacerbate racial disparities in the juvenile-justice system… read more

College dreams dashed by a 17-year-old immigration paperwork mistake

Jean Cadet also hired someone he thought was an expert in immigration matters to help his family apply for asylum. But the man he paid to fill out the asylum paperwork turned out to be a fraudster, and submitted the wrong type of application…read morerp_25790_364760006494_364758396494_4844762_3819067_n-300x3001.jpg