Expelled for Hate Speech? A Constitutional Question

University of Oklahoma expels students for hate speechRecently, a racist and hateful song led the University of Oklahoma to expel two students and shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house. Now constitutional scholars across the country are throwing out their opinion about whether the students can be expelled for hate speech. Read the full post »

School as Democracy? Works in Colombia

Colombia setsan example for democracy in schoolsWhen you think of top countries for education reform, you may think of Japan, China, the U.S. or Finland. Colombia probably doesn’t make the list. But the country’s Escuela Nueva learning model is turning school into democracy and improving the education of countless Colombian children. Read the full post »

What Ashton Kutcher’s Tweet Says About Dads’ Parenting Time

Ashton Kutcher post supports dads' parenting timeActor Ashton Kutcher has been making news lately because of a Facebook post calling out restaurants for not putting baby changing stations in their men’s rooms. The comment has renewed a valuable debate about Dads’ parenting time and what it looks like to be a father. Read the full post »

Top Schools: Did Your School District Make the List?

Niche Top School Districts Report is OutThe 2015 Niche Rankings are out for Michigan’s top school districts. Did your school make the list? Read the full post »

UPDATED: Michigan Sends Mixed Messages on Adoption

Could Michigan's New Adoption Laws Disrupt Your Family?If you are considering adoption in 2015, get ready for a bumpy ride. New legislation coming down the pipe could leave many families more confused about their rights, not less. Read the full post »

Do Fathers Get Shorted In Custody Disputes?

Is there a bias against fathers in family court?If you are considering a divorce or seeking custody of your children, you may have heard that fathers get the short end of the stick in Family Courts. But are the stories true? Read the full post »

Police Prevent Shooting Threat at Milford High School

Milford High SchoolA ninth grade student threatened to “shoot up” Milford High School “like Columbine” on social media. Thanks to swift action by the police, the school is safe. But what will happen to the student? Read the full post »

One Lawyer’s Take on Restorative Practices

Students Can Use Restorative Practices in the ClassroomLast week, I had an opportunity to attend a four day training on Restorative Practices. This alternative supplement to traditional disciplinary structures is gaining popularity among schools and courts in Southeast Michigan. Like any new strategy though, it has strengths and weaknesses. Read the full post »

Local Church Offers Effective Parenting Class

Local Church Offers Parenting ClassAre you a perfect parent? It’s safe to say no because, let’s face it, no one is. Parenting can be challenging, especially when you share custodial responsibilities with an ex-spouse or co-parent. Now a local church is offering a parenting class to help. Read the full post »