Top Headlines for 12/23

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Child Welfare

There is no need to place foster children on highly potent psychiatric drugs, says Dr. Peter Breggin, who identifies himself as a “reform psychiatrist” on Huffington Posti.


U.S. Senator Dick Lugar has criticized the U.S. Department of Labor for considering new regulations on youth farm and agricultural labor, reports Gary Truitt of Hoosier Ag Today.

Donna Krache of CNN’s Schools of Thought Blog gives a nice roundup here of recent headlines and research regarding charter schools. Featured by Krache is a recent study that found 1,036 of 6,700 charter schools reviewed “closed for cause.”

RiShawn Biddle of Dropout Nation critiques the early efforts of Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst organization, which seeks to draw parents and community stakeholders into the fight for high-quality education.

Ed Week sports blogger Bryan Toporek reports on Hawaii’s plan to launch an after-school sports program for at-risk students.

Juvenile Justice

Police presence in schools has driven up the number of juveniles and young adults who are arrested each year with a debatable impact on public safety, argues Radley Balko of the Huffington Post.