Weekly Roundup

Presidential Proclamation—National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2016

The essential promise that we make to our young people — that where they start must not determine how far they can go — is part of what makes America exceptional. It is our shared responsibility to ensure all children are given a fair shot at life, including a quality education and equal opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Social Issues, The Wall Street Journal

Both parties view K-12 education as the fundamental building block of American democracy: Primary and secondary schools prepare students with the skills they need to become effective workers and to participate in civic life. Where the two sides most often differ is on how to ensure that students have access to the best schools available.         

Building Community Alternatives to Virginia’s Juvenile Justice System, Community Idea Stations

Advocates and state leaders are making progress on changes to Virginia’s juvenile justice system, which includes laying the groundwork to build community-based alternatives that offer a range of support for children and families. The momentum to establish alternatives is being driven by a diverse coalition, including formerly incarcerated youth.

Abu Dhabi Schools to Ensure Child Protection Under New Policy, Gulf News

All school pupils below the age of 18 years in the emirate of Abu Dhabi are now protected by a new Child Protection Policy that ensures their safety and wellbeing.

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Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

About Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Rocío received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College. Before entering law school, she taught middle school history at D.M. Sauceda in Donna, Texas with Teach For America. After completing her corps service, she taught at KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls, where she designed the curriculum for her non-fiction studies class. Rocío then taught mathematics for two additional years at HISD’s Jane Long Academy. She interned at the federal courthouse this past summer. At UHLC, Rocío is involved with the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Houston Law Review, and serves as a mentor for the Pre-Law Pipeline Program.

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