Tag Archives: education

Put the Phone Down!

My teenage brother seems to be addicted to his phone. He single handedly, increased my parent’s cell phone bill by $100 last month because he went over their data plan. I remember growing up when we were at the dinner table my younger sister would be texting away and my mom relentlessly tried to get […]

Head Start Held Back by Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown begins this month, many Americans have yet to feel the pinch in their personal lives.  A few days without select federal programs may seem somewhat less earth shattering in it’s reality than it may have seemed in the whirlwind of news bytes and buzz words leading up to midnight of September […]

Bryan ISD Investigated for School-Based Ticketing Due To Disparate Impact on African-American Students

From NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: In a letter sent to LDF, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed it will investigate a complaint  that we and Texas Appleseed filed which challenges the “disparate impact” that Bryan school district’s practice of issuing criminal citations for minor misbehavior has on African-American students, who are ticketed at […]

A Practical Program for Children’s Health Rights

Over the last few weeks I have been very aware of an increasing amount of news articles related to children’s health rights.  I have seen discussions around immunization, court rulings on parent’s ability to opt their children out of treatment, laws passed on medical marijuana availability to children, and if you type in Obamacare and […]

What are your children eating?

While children everywhere started school this month, the CDC announced that child obesity rates among low-income preschoolers are down. This is great news since most professionals link adult obesity rates to child obesity. However, a recent study linked school lunch consumption and TV viewing to child obesity in middle school children. Luckily, in the last […]

New Texas Laws – School Citations for Class C Misdemeanors

During this past session, the Texas legislature enrolled several laws with the hope of significantly reducing the number of children charged with Class C Misdemeanors while at school (commonly referred to as student ticketing).  While these new laws seem to encourage schools to apply alternate methods for addressing student behavior, nothing actually prevents schools from continuing the practice […]

U.S. Secretary of Education: Children with Disabilities Held to Same Standards

From Joy Resmovits at the Huffington Post: Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards as their peers? And should schools and teachers be held accountable for their progress? U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answered that question with a resounding yes, proposing a seemingly wonky regulatory change that could have profound effects […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Syria’s War Children Will Grow Up Illiterate, UN Warns, Huffington Post The conflict that has ravaged Syria for more than 2 1/2 years has hit the country’s children hard. Out of an estimated 93,000 killed, around 7,000 are children below the age of 15. Tens of thousands are believed to have been wounded. Hundreds of […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

School for the Blind Expands Online Resources for Educators, Education Week A storied institution for the blind is promoting and expanding its online resources for educators across the country who teach students who have visual impairments—a move that coincides with a U.S. Department of Education directive that Braille instruction should be the default literacy medium for […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students. Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Canadian Teen Commits Suicide After Alleged Rape, Bullying, CNN The family of a teenager who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied is urging Canadian officials to reconsider filing criminal charges. Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support on Sunday, three days after she […]