Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly

New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students.

Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories” marks the kickoff of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign, an effort by a coalition of 26 disability advocacy groups to stop the use of restraint and seclusion as a means to curb disruptive behavior.

Bicam Agrees on Amendment to Juvenile Justice Act: Alvarez, The Visayan Daily Star

The bicameral committee for the amendment of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act reached an agreement yesterday on measures adopted by both houses of Congress to further improve the law, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6thy District) said.

Alvarez headed the Lower House panel and Senator Francis Escudero the Senate panel.

It is hoped that the amended version of the act will be signed by President Benigno Aquino before July 1, she said.

Condition of Child’s Rights Remained Bleak During 2012, International The News

Pakistani children had to cope with lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children, miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations during 2012.

The annual report titled ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2012’ launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) on Tuesday shows that condition of child rights remained bleak during the last year with terrorism activities adding to the existing complex challenges faced by the children. With its title page displaying Malala Yousafzai’s picture, the report terms the 2012, as another tough year for the children of Pakistan.

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Texas Advocacy Group Wields Charter-Policy Power, The New York Times

As his legislation expanding the state’s virtual school network reached the floor of the Texas House in early May, Representative Ken King was focused on what it was not.

“This is not a voucher bill. This is not a vendor bill,” said Mr. King, Republican of Canadian. “I’m the last guy on this floor that’ll ever vote for a voucher.”

That did not reassure several of his colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, who objected to allowing profit-making companies to offer online courses to public school students.

Panel Wants Male Juvenile age lowered to 16 from 18, Express News Service – New Delhi

The parliamentary committee on empowerment of women has asked the government to lower the age of male juvenile from 18 to 16 years so that the offenders involved in heinous crime against women could be tried under the criminal laws.

“The Committee are of considered opinion that in spite of the fact that the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 was amended in the year 2000 and the age of juvenile males and females was brought at par as below the age of 18 years, it has not produced the desired results,” report said.


Michigan District Declares Financial Emergency, Temporary Shutdown, Education News

Students in Buena Vista schools in Michigan haven’t been to class since last Friday, mlive reports, and it is expected the classrooms will remain vacant for days more. The district, which educates about 420 students, found itself in severe financial difficulty after the state declined to turn over education funds for the next three months as a penalty for district overcharging.

As a result, Buena Vista has no money to pay the salaries of its staff.