Weekly Roundup

“The U.S. Education Department solicited public comment on draft regulationsit has created for states to implement the school “accountability” and data reporting provisions of the new Every Student Succeeds Act […]
When Education Secretary John B. King Jr. announced the proposed rules in May, he said they were designed to “give states the opportunity to work all of their stakeholders … to protect all students’ right to a high-quality education,” and that they “give educators room to reclaim for all of their students the joy and promise of a well-rounded educational experience.””

“Babies with microcephaly — an abnormally small skull, often accompanied by brain damage — tend to be more easily agitated than other infants and cry incessantly. Many develop severe cognitive and physical disabilities and need expensive therapies and monitoring by specialists.
Caring for these children is so difficult that staffers at the region’s hospitals worry that, without the help of a partner, some mothers might abandon them.
That has happened in a few cases in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, where the surge in microcephaly cases began last year, and in the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, to the south. Orphanages commonly take in children with disabilities, and in some hard-hit cities, they are bracing for an increase in admissions.
The fear for children damaged by Zika is compounded by the poverty and youth of many of the parents, some of them teenagers.”

“Del. David Moon, a Montgomery County Democrat and member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked Abed during a hearing for the amount of contraband found when youths were strip-searched. He said that data was not provided to him, and that he is still not convinced that other search methods couldn’t be used to address the department’s security concerns.
“The welfare of the child should be taken into account,” Moon said, pointing out that the United Nations has called for alternatives to invasive searches because they violate human rights.
He said that during hearings, pictures of contraband found by the department were metal objects that could have been discovered using a metal detector. The most dangerous substance he observed was a cigarette, he said.
“The public would be far less interested in strip-searching every kid who comes in if the goal was to find tobacco,” Moon said.
Advocates, attorneys and monitors in the state’s Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit long argued that the practices should be used only on youths who are a risk to themselves and others.”

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