Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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5 Charged in Alleged Teacher-Student Relationships at New Jersey High School, CNN

Three New Jersey high school teachers were arrested Thursday on charges of having sexual relations with three students, according to the Camden County Office of the Prosecutor. The principal and vice-principal also were arrested and accused of failing to report the inappropriate relationships to the proper authorities, Prosecutor Warren Faulk said at a press conference.

Jeff Logandro, 32, Dan Michelli, 27, both math teachers at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, were arrested, along with physical education teacher Nick Martinelli, 28.

The arrests come after a two-month investigation. According to a statement released by the prosecutor’s office, a student informed a substitute teacher in April about inappropriate relationships between male teachers and female students. The substitute teacher then notified Principal Catherine DePaul, 55, who, “in contravention to her legal responsibilities, failed to contact local law enforcement or the state Division of Children and Families and inform either of the allegations,” the statement said.

‘Gay Cure’ Therapists, ‘Cured’ Student Sue California Over New Law, CNN

Two therapists who try to turn gay people straight, along with a student who says he was successfully converted to heterosexuality, are suing nearly two dozen California state officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown, saying a new state law infringes on their civil rights.

The plaintiffs’ legal team will file a motion sometime this month seeking an injunction before the law goes into effect, attorney Matt McReynolds told CNN on Thursday.

The legislation known as Senate Bill 1172 — which the state Senate passed in May, Brown signed into law this weekend, and will take effect January 1 — prohibits attempts to change the sexual orientation of patients under age 18.

“We have not seen the state of California go this far before in trying to restrict speech,” McReynolds said.

Houston Lawmaker Expected to Revive Fight Over School Vouchers, The Houston Chronicle

A dormant battle to push school vouchers through the Texas Legislature was revived Thursday when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst named Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to head the Senate Education Committee – virtually ensuring a ferocious fight when a new legislative session opens in January.

Patrick is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools.

“It is time for bold changes, and I intend to work with Senator Patrick to shake up the status quo in education and ensure the promise of a world-class education for Texas,” Dewhurst said while repeating his view that “parents must have choices in the education of their children.”

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