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. (more…)

California Leads the Way on Restorative Justice

California implements restorative justice practicesEducation professionals and students’ rights advocates have been pushing for big changes in school discipline procedures, including the use of restorative justice practices. Now the results are in: California is showing the rest of the country what it takes to keep students in school. (more…)

Ferndale Schools Close Digital Learning Center over Gun Incident

Gun Incident Closes Ferndale Digital Learning CenterIt may be easy to tune out school violence on the news, but when it happens in your own back yard it can become impossible to ignore. For the Ferndale School District, a recent near miss has sent a clear message. On November 7, 2014, the district announced it would close its Digital Learning Center.

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Driver Beware: Michigan Authorizes Roadside Drug Tests

Don't refuse road side drug testsIt’s been the law in Michigan that your license can be suspended if you refuse to take a Preliminary Breath Test for alcohol. But a new law will add drug testing to the mix. Know your rights and responsibilities at a traffic stop. (more…)

Michigan Passes Tough Laws Against Human Trafficking

Michigan cracks down on human traffickingHuman trafficking has been gaining visibility over the past several years. Federal and state law enforcement have wrestled with how to track, charge, and convict offenders without bringing more harm to the victims. Now they will have new tools since the Michigan legislature has passed some of the toughest laws in the country to help stop the abuse. (more…)

Police Ask Victims to Prove Rape, Domestic Violence

police ask victims to prove rape, domestic violenceImagine waking up and realizing that you have been raped or sexually assaulted. Imagine the fear and confusion and shock as you try to figure out what happened and what you should do. Now imagine the police put the weight of the investigation entirely on your shoulders. What would you do? (more…)

Should Spanking Be Illegal?

Should Spanking Be Illegal?The nation is in an uproar over NFL running back Adrian Peterson’s criminal conviction for “spanking” his 4-year-old son. As reporters, psychologists, and sports casters weigh in on when and how and if corporal punishment is appropriate in disciplining one’s children. But is spanking be a recipe for an obedient child or a criminal conviction? (more…)

Foolish Teen Could Get 2 Years for Humping Jesus Statue

Teen gets 2 years for humping Jesus statue

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Teens do strange things to get attention sometimes. But in a recent Pennsylvania case, one 14 year old’s antics landed him 2 years in juvenile detention. What did he do? He posted a picture on Facebook of himself simulating oral sex with a kneeling Jesus statue. (more…)

“Favorite Child” May Mean More Than You Think

Which one is your favorite child?Most parents will deny having a favorite child. They’ll say “I love them all equally” or “in their own way.” But research shows that how your children perceive favoritism could affect their education and even their juvenile record. (more…)

What Teachers Can Do To Reduce Suspensions

What can teachers do to improve discipline?School has started here in Michigan, and teachers are facing a whole new set of students, problems, and disciplinary challenges. But is there anything teachers can do to cut down on the number of suspensions handed out by their district? (more…)