Good and Bad News

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 can access links for previous news at the bottom of each section.


April 10, 2014
Just Say No: Grove School Board Votes 3-2 to Deny Reinstatement of Corporal Punishment...READ the story from 

April 3, 2014
Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the 'Preschool-to-Prison-Pipeline'...READ the story from TruthDig

March 31, 2014
Zero Tolerance Hurts Kids and Ruins Schools...READ the story from

March 28, 2014
19 States Still Allow Corporal Punishment...READ the story from Business Insider

March 26, 2014
Giving Up on Four-Year-Olds...READ the story in the New York Times 

March 24, 2014
Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs...READ the story from American Civil Liberties Union 

March 21, 2014
Preschool to Prison: No Child Too Young for Zero Tolerance...READ the story from MSNBC 

March 21, 2014
Racial Disparities Remain in America's Schools...READ the story from the Buffalo News 

March 21, 2014
Black Preschoolers Far More Likely to be Suspended...READ the story from National Public Radio 

March 18, 2014
Zero Tolerance Policies Deter Students from Reporting Cyberbullying, Survey Finds...READ the story from The Globe and Mail 

March 14, 2014
Harsh School Discipline Gets More Scrutiny from Congress...READ the story from The Center for Public Integrity 

March 13, 2014
When School Discipline Is Unfair: Four Ways to Do Better...READ the story from the Christian Science Monitor 

Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for schools.



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.

November 16, 2012:
Minors in "Solitary" Hallucinate, Harm Themselves...READ the story from The Center for Public Integrity

September 2, 2012:
31 Shocks Later...READ the article from New York Magazine

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 

October 15, 2013
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.



November 27, 2013
Kids' Psychiatric Visits a Growing Concern...READ the story here from MedPage Today

November 11, 2013
Longitudinal Study Makes Case Against Corporal Punishment...READ the article from The Times Free Press

October 21, 2013
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
Nearly Two-Thirds of Children with Autism are on Medication...READ the article from Disability Scoop 

Click here for prior Good and Bad News entries for treatment of children's social, emotional, and behavioral challanges.



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.

September 17, 2013
OP-ED: Why Zero Tolerance Means More Kids in Jail...READ the article from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

November 20, 2012:
Massachusetts Seeks New Policy on Life Sentences: Youths Must Get Chance of Parole...READ the article from the Boston Globe