Weekly Roundup

Poor Children Need a New Brown v. Board of Education, The Wall Street Journal 

The California Supreme Court announced Aug. 22 that it would not hear Vergara v. California, a landmark case fighting for the educational rights of public-school students.

In Vergara, nine students challenged teacher-tenure and dismissal laws that make it nearly impossible for school districts to remove grossly ineffective teachers from the classroom.

Texas prepares to deny vehicle registrations to child support scofflaws, Houston Chronicle

Effective in December, anyone who has missed child support payments for six consecutive months will have to resume payments before renewing their vehicle registration.

Discrimination Lands Many LGBT Youth in the Justice System, New Report Says, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Studies show that while LGBT youth make up about 7 to 9 percent of the population, they account for larger percentages of youth in juvenile justice facilities, according to the report by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress.

Another survey by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency of seven facilities found that 20 percent of youth identified as LGBT or gender nonconforming. In the same survey, 40 percent of girls in juvenile justice facilities identified as LGBT, while 85 percent of nongender-conforming youth were youth of color.

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