Weekly Roundup

Minors Charged as Adults Sue County for Placing Them in Solitary Confinement

In King County, Washington, four minors who were charged as adults and were placed in solitary confinement are suing the county. The county has a practice of placing youths in isolation before their trial dates. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges “King County regularly confines children incarcerated at the RJC [Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent] alone in miniscule, barren cells for 23 or 24 hours a day in a unit dedicated to isolating children…[and] King County holds children in these isolation cells for weeks or months on end.” Read more here.

Opioid Orphans

The current opioid crisis is leading to “a generation of children…being neglected, abandoned or orphaned by parents addicted to opioids.” Grandparents, then, are often called on to take the place of the parents. Here is one of their stories.

Schools Start to Reopen in Puerto Rico after Maria, But Many Remain Closed

Some children are able to head back to school in Puerto Rico, but many others may have to wait for months to return to school. Read here for more.

 

Weekly Roundup- by Gabriela Hernandez

Almost 400,000 Texans’ insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program… read more

 

For Deal on ‘Dreamers,’ White House Will Demand Crackdown on Child Border Crossers

The White House on Sunday demanded that lawmakers harden the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America before President Trump will agree to any deal with Democrats that allows the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers to stay in the United States legally… read more

 

Harvey trauma notably hard on youth

As our Houston community embarks on our post-Harvey rebuilding process, the emotional impact of the collective trauma to our city is surfacing. We know from other storm-related disasters that all Houstonians will feel the impact of Harvey for a long time. This will be truest for our children and teens, as they struggle to make sense of what happened and how to recover. They look to adults for guidance, and we must model open dialogue and prioritize asking for the help and assistance we need going forward… read more

 

 

 

Weekly Roundup

“Little Lobbyists” Help Save the Health Care Law, for Now

With the help of “little lobbyists” — children suffering from “serious medical needs” at risk of losing health care under the Cassidy-Graham Bill — the new health care legislation was put to a halt. Read more.

High schools plan to punish students who refuse to stand for anthem

One Louisiana public high school will allow principals and coaches to discipline students who kneel during the national anthem. Read more.

Fort Bend school board president running for state senate, to challenge Sen. Huffman

Citing issues including public education and property taxes, Kristin Tassin, president of the Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees, announced that she will challenge current state Senator Joan Huffman. Ms. Tassin will run as a Republican, despite her consistent criticism of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, particularly as it pertains to his hostility toward public education. Read more.