Monday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

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Chicago Teachers Strike Enters 2nd Week; Mayor Takes Fight to Court, CNN

Chicago school kids won’t be back in class until at least Wednesday after teachers union representatives decided not to end a week-long walkout — despite a tentative contract deal reached by union leaders and school officials.

The move left Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowing to go to court to force teachers back to work, calling Sunday’s actions by the union “a delay of choice that is wrong for our children.”

The mayor announced in a statement that he’s asked city lawyers to file an injunction in circuit court to “immediately end this strike.”

Vaccine Development needs a Booster Shot, USA Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached similar conclusions, says Tom Clark, a CDC epidemiologist specializing in whooping cough. While the whooping cough vaccine protects about 98% of children in the first year, it protects only about 70% five years later, Clark says.

“We know the short-term protection is very good,” Clark says. “But the protection is wearing off and that is the problem.”

More than 80K DREAMers Apply for Deferred Deportation, USA Today

In just over a month, the federal government has received more than 80,000 applications from young illegal immigrants to have their deportations delayed.

Under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program announced by President Obama in June, up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children and maintained a clean record can receive two-year deferments on any deportation proceedings. They also can get work permits but would not be eligible to become legal permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

Girl, 10, Charged with Manslaughter in Maine, TIME

A 10-year-old girl was charged Thursday with manslaughter in the death of an infant after detectives found “troubling signs” during the investigation.

The girl, who is not being identified, is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in Maine in at least 25 years. Authorities said the infant, Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, of Clinton in central Maine, had been under a baby sitter’s care but did not say whether the suspect was the sitter.

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