Upcoming Texas Supreme Court Case Could Put Child In Home Of Convicted Sex Offender

A recent article in the Austin American Statesman highlights an important case at the steps of the Texas Supreme Court that calls into question the role of mediation in resolving child custody disputes and how to determine the best interest of the children involved.  The case concerns a custody dispute between Benjamin Redus and his […]

Juvenile Detention Education: 3 Success Stories

This post is part of this month’s “What’s Going Right in Public Education” series, highlighting achievements and forward-thinking ideas happening now in education policy, law, and practice. “In America, education is still the great equalizer.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Americans hold a nearly universal belief that education can be a “great equalizer.” Despite the problems with […]

Harlem Children’s Zone: Geoffrey Canada’s Efforts to Break Generational Poverty from the Start

This post is part of this month’s “What’s Going Right in Public Education” series, highlighting achievements and forward-thinking ideas happening now in education policy, law, and practice. A great deal of today’s knowledge on the benefits of early childhood education stems from a research project commenced nearly fifty years ago in a small Michigan town called Ypsilanti. […]

Microboards: How They Can Help Kids with Special Needs

The recent economic downturn has led to a drastic reduction in the funding available through states to children and families with disabilities. Less funding means children with special needs get fewer services. Accordingly, families may justifiably feel that they have lost control of the direction of their child’s development. They may feel that the high […]

Virtual Schools: What Are They and Can They Help Kids Learn?

This post is part of this month’s “What’s Going Right in Public Education” series, highlighting achievements and forward-thinking ideas happening now in education policy, law, and practice. Step into most public school classrooms today and the prevalence and value of technology as an educational tool is undeniable. Even urban schools districts, many strapped for cash as […]

What’s Going RIGHT In Public Education: Highlighting the Positive (And Where We Go From Here)

The state of public education in America is a topic that attracts the attention of a diverse crowd. The impact public schools have on children is felt by more than the students, parents, and educators directly involved in a child’s education. Education serves as the foundation for every industry in America’s economy. In the past, […]

Harris County Chief Juvenile Public Defender Discusses The Challenges of Establishing A New Urban PD’s Office

Several weeks ago, Steven Halpert, Juvenile Division Chief for the new Harris County Public Defender’s (PD) Office, spoke at the University of Houston Law Center. The discussion was co-sponsored by the University of Houston’s Center for Children, Law & Policy and three other student groups. During the hourlong lunch event, Mr. Halpert discussed the challenges […]

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Automatic Lifetime Registration and Notification for Juvenile Sex Offenders as Unconstitutional

Breaking news today from the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC): Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued their opinion in In Re C.P. The decision voids as unconstitutional provisions of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act that impose automatic lifelong registration and community notification requirements on certain juvenile sex offenders who were tried within the juvenile court […]

Congress Should Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Tens of thousands of students with special needs attend schools around the country every day. Laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act aim to make these students’ public school experiences free and appropriate. However, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities often […]