Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Justices Decline Appeal on Special Education Placement, The School Law Blog – Education Week

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from parents who contend the New York City school system violated federal special education law when it excluded them from the decision over where their son would attend school.

The parents say they participated in the process in 2008 to develop an individualized education plan for their son, who has autism. But when it came time to assign their son to a school, the New York City school district unilaterally chose a school site and then mailed the decision to the parents as a “final notice of recommendation.”

The parents, identified in court papers as R.E. and M.E., believed the assigned school did not have sufficient one-to-one teaching support for their son, so they enrolled him in private school and sought tuition reimbursement from the school district.

Juvenile Justice System Overhaul Now Law, The Banner-Press

LINCOLN – Reform of the state’s juvenile justice system was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor May 29.

LB561, introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, transfers responsibility for the state’s roughly 3,000 juvenile offenders from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Office of Probation Administration.

The shift will “reduce reliance on detention and focus on rehabilitation for youth while keeping families involved,” Gov. Dave Heineman said.

ILO: Millions of Children in Slave-Like Conditions as Domestic Laborers, Voice of America

GENEVA — The International Labor Organization estimates 10.5 million children around the world are working as domestic workers in hazardous, sometimes slave-like conditions.  The ILO is marking World Day Against Child Labor June 12 by calling for action to eliminate child labor in domestic work.

Texas Lags in Effective Summer Meal Programs for Children, Pegasus News

Despite a significant jump in the number of children participating in summer meal programs, Texas still lags when it comes to feeding children at risk of food insecurity when they’re not in school, according to a report released Monday by the Food Research and Action Center, a nutrition-focused nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

Last year, about 11 percent of Texas children who participated in free and reduced-price meal programs during the school year also did so in the summer, with more than 685,000 Texas children who were eligible missing out on free and reduced-price meals during the summer. Although 17 percent more children participated in the summer meal program than in 2011, according to the report, Texas’ participation rate still ranked behind the national average, 14.3 percent.

CT Scans in Children May Trigger 5,000 Cancers in U.S., Bloomberg

The radiation from 4 million annual computerized tomography scans in U.S. children younger than 15 may lead to almost 5,000 cancers each year in the future, a study found.

The use of CT scans of the head, abdomen or pelvis, chest or spine in children 14 years and younger more than doubled from 1996 to 2007 before beginning to decline through 2010, according to research released today by JAMA Pediatrics. Those at greater risk for cancer were younger patients, girls, and those who underwent CT scans of the abdomen/pelvis or the spine rather than other areas of the body, the researchers said.

Megan Mikutis

About Megan Mikutis

Megan Mikutis is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2012 with a B.A. in Literature. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Megan tutored undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in writing while working for the University of Houston – Clear Lake Writing Center. This summer, Megan worked for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy and had the opportunity to compose a policy statement discussing the disproportionate representation of Limited English Proficient students in special education. Currently, Megan serves as the President of the Student Bar Association as well as a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association. Megan is most interested in education and special education issues.

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