In this section, Lives in the Balance keeps you up-to-date on breaking news about how behaviorally challenging kids are being understood and treated, especially in schools and restrictive therapeutic facilities (stories with asterisks were brought to our attention by Lives in the Balance activists). While it's mostly the bad news that makes the headlines, lots of good work is being done by many people in many places on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers. The bad news just tells us there's more work to be done. Lives in the Balance does its part to accentuate the positive through its annual Trailblazer Awards, and does its part to effect change by Taking Action. What's listed below are links to the most recent news...you can access links for previous news at the bottom of each section.
November 9, 2014:
States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F...READ the story from the New York Times.
October 26, 2014:
Pipeline to Prison: Special Education Too Often Leads to Jail for Thousands of American Children...READ the story from the Hechinger Report.
July 24, 2014:
My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He's 3...READ the story from the Washington Post.
July 7, 2014:
Zero Tolerance Policies are Destroying the Lives of Black Children...READ the story from the Washington Post.
June 23, 2014
NYC Cops are Putting Kids on the Fast Route to Prison...READ the story from Vice News
June 19, 2014
National Data Confirm Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools...READ or LISTEN to the story from National Public Radio
June 19, 2014
Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will...READ the story from ProPublica.
June 8, 2014
Protesters Want Zero Tolerance Discarded in Ohio Schools...READ the story from The Columbus Dispatch
June 8, 2014
School Board Votes to Keep Corporal Punishment...READ the story from The Herald Chronicle
June 4, 2014
Schools Urged to Spare the Rod on Suspensions...READ the story from The Washington Times
May 29, 2014
Black and Hispanic Students Punished More Severely than White Counterparts...READ the story here from Mint Press News
May 20, 2014
Hundreds March to Protest School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from The Chicagoist
May 17, 2014
Segregation 2.0: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from MSNBC
April 27, 2014
Local Woman Advocates to Ban Paddling in Schools...READ the story from The Steward Houston Times
April 17, 2014
Students, Parents Challenge Zero-Tolerance Policies...READ the story from USA Today
April 10, 2014
Just Say No: Grove School Board Votes 3-2 to Deny Reinstatement of Corporal Punishment...READ the story from GrandLakeNews.com
April 3, 2014
Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the 'Preschool-to-Prison-Pipeline'...READ the story from TruthDig
Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for schools.
RESTRICTIVE THERAPEUTIC FACILITIES:
April 18, 2014
In CA, an Effort to Stop Locking up Truants...READ the story from Public CEO
March 14, 2014
Feds Sue Ohio Over Seclusion at Juvenile Jails...READ the story from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.
February 17, 2014
Treatment Must be Focus for Delinquent Girls...READ the story from the Sioux City Journal.
July 21, 2013:
Youths Isolated and 'forgotten' at the Iowa Juvenile Home...READ the article from the Des Moines Register.
Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for restrictive therapeutic facilities.
April 11, 2014
Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, Debate...READ the story from the New York Times
April 11, 2014
One in 68 American Children Diagnosed with Autism. It's Probably Too Many...READ the story from Quartz
March 27, 2013
Autism Affects 1 in 68 Kids in the U.S.: CDC...READ the story from New York Daily News
December 14, 2013
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder...READ the story from the New York Times
The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic...READ about it in the New York Times
Oct. 7, 2013
Researcher Finds Abusive Parenting May Have Biological Basis...READ the article from the University of Oregon's Communication
Click here for prior Good and Bad News entries for psychiatric diagnoses.
May 1, 2014
Ending Corporal Punishment: Why You Should Never Spank a Child...READ the story from Philly.com
April 23, 2014
Children Admitted to Adult Psychiatric Units Despite New Rules to Cease Practice...READ the story from The Irish Times
November 27, 2013
Kids' Psychiatric Visits a Growing Concern...READ the story here from MedPage Today
Spanking Children May Worsen Behavior: Using Physical Punishment on Kids Leads to Lower Vocabulary and Future Aggression...READ the story posted on Headline and Global News (HNGN)
October 21, 2013
Click here for prior Good and Bad News entries for treatment of children's social, emotional, and behavioral challanges.
LEGISLATION & POLICY:
September 21, 2014
Yes, America, We Can Ban Spanking...READ the article from New York Daily News
July 20, 2014
Court Rules It's "Reasonable Use of Force" For Parents to Spank Their Kids...READ the story from New York Daily News
May 16, 2014
Holder Speaks Out Against Solitary Confinement of Mentally-Ill Youths...READ the story from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
April 16, 2014
No Spanking in Schools Across Missouri Under Lawmaker's Proposal...READ the story from St. Louis Post Dispatch
February 18, 2014
First Strike: Kansas Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Harder Spanking of Children...READ the story in the New York Daily News
January 21, 2014
Would New Law Make it Too Easy to Kick Kids Out of School for Arbitrary Reasons? ...READ the story from the Norwalk Reflector.