Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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Juvenile Justice Officials Testify in Favor of Raising Age of Criminality in Massachusetts, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

This week, numerous legislators and juvenile justice officials testified before Massachusetts’ Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, in support of recent legislative proposals that would place 18-year-olds under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts as opposed to its adult courtrooms.

Justice Dept. Warns Wisconsin Voucher Schools Against Discrimination, On Special Education – Education Week

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wisconsin private schools that accept taxpayer-funded vouchers must not discriminate against students with disabilities in a new guidance letter.

The Justice Department was prompted to investigate the situation in Wisconsin after a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union and other state groups that claimed that Milwaukee was essentially creating a system of segregated schools.

Bill that May End Fingerprinting of Low-Level Youth Offenders Advances in Texas, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

This week, the Texas Senate passed SB 1769, a legislative proposal that would establish an advisory committee to evaluate the prospect of ending the state’s practice of fingerprinting low-level juvenile offenders who are referred to probation departments.

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