Welcoming the Center for Children, Law & Policy’s Newest Scholars & Interns

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center is proud to welcome this year’s Irene Merker Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholars. The new Scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and will continue to advance the Center’s mission. Ashley Pierce is a second year student at the University of […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Texas Districts Flagged for Suspending Students With Disabilities, Education Week Disability Rights Texas has flagged 30 districts for disproportionately using out-of-school suspensions to punish students with disabilities. Based on data from the Texas Education Agency, the group said that in these […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Cultural Considerations Rejected in N.Y. Private Placements, Education Week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have required school districts to consider cultural factors when deciding on private placements for students with disabilities. In a statement cited by the New York […]

Texas Juvenile Justice Department Appoints New Director

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) has hired a new executive director: Michael Griffiths, the highly regarded retired director of Dallas County’s juvenile justice program, was hired this afternoon as the new executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The vote was 7-6. Griffiths, who served on the governor’s State Juvenile Justice Task Force […]

Texas Probation Officer Fired After Sexually Assaulting a Minor Child in Juvenile Detention

Robert Robinson, a juvenile probation supervisor, was recently fired for repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor child in Harris County’s juvenile detention facility. The news coverage describes his actions as “engaging in a sexual affair”, as if to minimize or provide some sort of justification to Robinson’s actions. Let’s be clear, according to the laws of […]

California Legislature Seeks to Ban Same-Sex Attraction Therapy for Children

Senator Ted Lieu (D-Redondo Beach) introduced SB 1172 in February 2012 after seeing a news piece about the harmful effects of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation.  Young people have committed suicide because of therapy to change their sexual orientation.  Serious harm is a very real possibility with these types of therapies. SB 1172 […]

What is a Parent’s Role When Their Child is Being Interrogated?

University of North Carolina Professor Tamar Birckhead wrote an interesting blog post addressing the role of parents during juvenile interrogations: The question of the proper impact and role of the parent arises most often in the context of the interrogation of juveniles.  A few states (including Colorado, Connecticut, and North Carolina) require a parent or guardian to […]

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 […]

Weekly News Round-up: August 6, 2012

“Reasonable suspicion” vs. probable cause in schools. A Washington Supreme Court decision overturned a school resource officer’s inspection of a student’s backpack. Although school administrators only need a “reasonable suspicion” to search students, school resource officers are law enforcement officials who still need probable cause to conduct a search. The “reasonable suspicion” standard for school […]

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 […]

NO Throw Away Kids

I am deeply troubled by yesterday’s article in the Texas Tribune about kids in juvenile justice facilities being assessed in order to transfer the so-called bad ones to adult facilities. Jay Kimbrough, interim Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), and Texas State Senator John Whitmire seem to think sending these children to […]