Alabama immigration law upheld: What effect will it have on children?

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the Northern District of Alabama ruled on key portions of Alabama’s strict new immigration law. Several provisions of the legislation make Alabama’s HB 56 stricter than Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Judge Blackburn blocked several provisions of the law from taking effect, including a prohibition on allowing […]

Another “Cash-for-Kids” Judge Sentenced to 17.5 years in prison

Last Friday, former Pennsylvania juvenile judge Michael Conahan was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for sending teenagers to youth detention facilities in exchange for kickbacks from the detention center builder. ABA Journal has more: Former President Judge Michael Conahan, 59, was sentenced Friday, report the Legal Intelligencer and the Associated Press. He also was […]

Parental Pass for Child Experimentation?

On September 15, 2011 dozens of families in the Baltimore, Maryland area filed a class action lawsuit against Kennedy Krieger Institute (“KKI”) accusing KKI of knowingly exposing black children to lead poisoning in connection to a 1993 human research experiment.  Best explained in the suit, “Children were enticed into living in lead-tainted housing and subjected […]

Children and Homicide: A Tough Call

Last week, Sixty Minutes aired a segment on the murder of neo-Nazi leader Jeffrey Hall.  I hadn’t heard about the incident, which occurred last May, and was shocked to hear that Jeffrey Hall’s ten year old son was the alleged murderer.  This case brings up many issues about juvenile sentencing, child abuse, and children’s mental health.  Hall […]

Should negligent child welfare workers spend time behind bars?

NPR covered an intriguing story last week about a pending New York criminal case that may have repercussions for child welfare workers across the country. Chereece Bell was a CPS supervisor in New York City. She supervised some of the worst cases of abuse in Brooklyn in an agency department called the “Hospital Unit.” When […]

New Poverty Stats: What They Mean and How Texas Compares Nationally

After CPPP’s “Kids Count” report about Texas children was released a few weeks ago (covered here by Chloe), some new sobering statistics were released about the state of children around the nation. The U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing the number of people in the United States living in poverty and without health insurance. Here’s […]

Words into Action? Outcome to be Determined… Texas Foster Care System Redesign

Senate Bill 218 went into effect this month. Section 11 of this bill requires the Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) to “implement a redesign of the foster care system,” in accordance with the Foster Care Redesign Report submitted in January 2011. The Foster Care Redesign Report discusses the lack of local services available to […]

A Pageant Problem

According to cable television, chronicling compulsive moms obsessed with priming their young daughters with glitz and glamour makes for good television. Having now been on air for two years, TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras is revolved around the world of child beauty pageants, the child contestants and their families. Another recently debuted show is Lifetime’s Dance Moms […]

Kids Count in Texas

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars attend the Center for Public Policy Priorities Kids Count briefing yesterday at the United Way. CPPP and Kids Count have a wealth of data on children in Texas and across the nation.  You can view Texas statistics county by county or see how Texas compares to other states.  The uplifting news was that organizations […]

Missouri Teacher Facebook Ban: Are there alternatives for other states?

On August 3, 2011, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a controversial law banning teachers and students from “friending” each other on social media websites like Facebook. The law bans all private student-teacher communications online. The law drew immediate praise from parent groups and was denounced by Missouri teachers as an unconstitutional infringement on their free […]

Remembering Omar Khadr – The Youngest Prisoner at Guantanimo

September 11, 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of the most tragic, terrorist attack on American soil. Many Americans lost their lives, including 8 children aboard UA Flight 175 and AA Flight 77. Another child whose life was changed forever by 9/11 was Omar Khadr, a Canadian boy who at 15 years old on July […]