Weekly Roundup

Senate Bill 179 (“David’s Law”) heads to legislative conference committee in Texas Congress

Texas Senator Jose Menendez crafted David’s Law to combat cyberbullying among Texas minors after 16-year-old David Molak tragically took his own life. David’s Law “would make it a Class A misdemeanor to electronically harass or bully someone under age 18 with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves” and “would allow for temporary injunctions against social media accounts used to harass or bully children.” Read more.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos won’t say whether she’d withhold federal funds from private schools that discriminate

Secretary DeVos “refused to say Wednesday whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBT students from receiving federal dollars, explaining that she believes states should have the flexibility to design voucher programs and that parents should be able to choose schools that best fit their children’s needs.” DeVos “returned frequently to the theme of what she called a need for more local control” and lamented, “We have to do something different than continuing a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.” Read more.

Racial disparities worsen even as Utah school discipline decreases, report says

Despite a downward trend of roughly 30% fewer suspensions between 2012 and 2014, “racial and ethnic disparities in how those actions were meted out to Utah’s public school students worsened.” Hispanic students, for example, “were more than twice as likely than their white peers to be expelled in 2014, according to the report, despite comparable expulsion rates for the two demographic groups in 2012.” Read more.

 

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