Louisiana Tries — and Fails — to Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools
The latest effort to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in Louisiana public schools once more failed to get enough votes to pass. The state House voted 48-49 last week, five short of the number required to pass the bill, which was authored by Republican Rep.
California Cleared to Use Medicaid for School Testing
Oakland Schools Chart Course for Police-Free Future
In Los Angeles, Demands for Youth Development Take on New Urgency
For young people like Zahria Thomas, schools are too often places where black and brown youth are seen as threats, not as students. When she was 16, the Inglewood resident was arrested at her Los Angeles high school, in front of her classmates, after she responded angrily to a teacher’s racist remark.
Gavin Newsom, California’s Family Man
On Monday, Gavin Newsom was sworn is as California’s 40th governor. He is the father of four young children, one of whom ended up stealing the show. At one point during Newsom’s 20-minute address his youngest son, 2-year-old Dutch, toddled up on stage.
Los Angeles Eyes Chicago Program as Replacement for Voluntary Probation
As the Los Angeles County Probation Department dismantles a controversial shadow probation program in schools, some county education officials worry that they will be left with fewer resources to work with young people who misbehave at school.
In the Land of Startups and Stanford, Where’s the Support for Kids?
We made a family move to Palo Alto, California, nearly three years ago, when our daughter Zoe was 13. Relocation is hard, especially when you love your home and we loved New Mexico.
The Need to Align Values of Schools, Family Services Providers
Opportunities abound for educators and nonprofit partners in California to align values between schools and community partners. With the adoption of the local control funding structure, California began to require each school district to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) responsible for ensuring the academic growth of students with disabilities and addresses the unique needs of students who live in poverty, students who are English language learners and students who are in foster care.
“The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline”: Report Highlights Schools’ Role
When Sasha was in high school, she was raped. Two years later, she had dropped out of high school and was arrested on petty theft charges. According to a recent report entitled “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” Sasha’s experience at school in the assault’s aftermath was the catalyst for these consequences.
Ed O’Brien, Street Law Founder, Passes at 69
Edward O’Brien, the co-founder of a pioneer organization in law-related education for youth, passed away this month at the age of 69. O’Brien, a Georgetown Law School student at the time, co-founded Street Law in 1972 with law professor Jason Newman and community activist and philanthropist Nancy Harrison.