Weekly Roundup

Memphis bids to End Department of Justice Oversight of Juvenile Courts

Five years ago, the Justice Department  concluded that juvenile courts failed to give due process to children. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told the attorney general that it’s time to end expensive federal oversight of the juvenile courts. Because, he said, they’ve already done a lot of heavy lifting. Public defenders now represent 60 percent of the kids who appear in court, up from none five years ago. However, independent monitors found that racial disparities still exist, and little has changed in five years. Read more here


New Research is Released on Louisiana on Voucher Recipients and Test Scores

A new study was released on Louisiana voucher recipients and their test scores Find out more here. Contrast them with Indiana voucher programs here. Read more about charter schools and their lack of education for special needs students here.


Betsy Devos sued by 18 States, College loan rates increase, and Chicago Schools Mandate New Requirements for Graduation.

Find out why Betsy Devos – the Secretary of Education – is being sued by 19 states, the new (increased) borrowing rate for students, and what Chicago now mandates from seniors in order to graduate, Read more here.


Transgender Teen Sues Florida Schoolboard.

The Trump Administration rescinded protections for transgender students. The teen sues claiming a violation of Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Read more here.

Obama Era Program Allowing Inmates Access to Pell Grants Wraps Up Its First year

An Obama era program allows certain inmates to qualify for Pell Grants. Read more here.

Rick Blaylock

About Rick Blaylock

Rick is a third-year law student and current president of the Criminal Law Association at the University of Houston Law Center. Rick received his B.S. in Political Science at the University of Houston and an A.A.S. in Audio Recording Technologies from Houston Community College. Throughout his collegiate career, he has worked as a sound guy at N.R.G. Stadium, home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. While at the University of Houston Law Center, Rick volunteered as a high school teacher through the Street Law program, a mentor through the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project, and an advocate through the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic - where he successfully had his clients’ records sealed. Rick has interned at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in the felony and misdemeanor divisions, and he currently interns in the Family Criminal Law Division specializing in protective orders.

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