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.
February 26, 2014
Fed Up with Zero Tolerance in Schools, Advocates Push for Change...READ the story from NPR.
February 16, 2014
Real Discipline in School*...READ the story from the New York Times.
February 13, 2014
Corporal Punishment Numbers Drop Dramatically in McDowell County Schools...READ the story from McDowellNews.com
February 6, 2014
Bold Lesson: Florida Schools Replace Cops with Counselors...READ the story from ABC News.
January 31, 2014
Bay Area Schools Suspend Fewer Students...READ the story from the Contra Costa Times.
January 28, 2014
Maryland School Board Approves New Discipline Regulations...READ the story from The Washington Post.
January 23, 2014
Teen Handcuffed for Cutting Line in School Cafeteria...READ the story from The Huffington Post.
January 13, 2014
Revealed: Children with Autism Locked in Unsupervised "Isolation Rooms" for Hours...READ the story from The Journal.ie
January 10, 2014
Students Social/Emotional Needs Entwined with Learning, Security...READ the story from Education Week.
January 9, 2014
Los Angeles Tries a New Approach to Discipline in Schools...READ the story from National Public Radio.
January 9, 2014
Obama Administration Calls Out School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
January 8, 2014
Administration Urges Restraint in Using Arrest or Expulsion in Disciplining Students... READ the story from the New York Times.
Click here for the many prior Good and Bad News entries for schools.
RESTRICTIVE THERAPEUTIC FACILITIES:
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.
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.
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:
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.