The ethical dimension of ancient laws

Due to the inclusion of unwritten laws, surviving from the Stone Age, the (pre-Hammurabi) Sumerian legal system was surprisingly liberal. We can still learn from it, now that our system has caused the ethical dimension to wither – with dire consequences.

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Informal constitutional change

Today, virtually every country in the world has a written constitution that contains a special amendment procedure. These procedures are designed to regulate constitutional change.

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Chavez-Vilchez: Sharing Residence Rights is Caring

According to Chavez-Vilchez, the third-country national parent of a child who is a Union citizen may get a right of residence, even if the other parent is a Union citizen. Is this just another application of Zambrano or does it change the whole approach?

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A child-friendly ASEAN?

This blog discusses the compliance of the ASEAN instruments on children’s rights with international standards, their capability in addressing current regional issues and whether an ASEAN children’s rights treaty is needed.

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Ninth Circuit Rules That Unaccompanied Minors are Entitled to Bond Hearings

Hector was detained as an unaccompanied minor in California at the age of fifteen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Even though he had a parent living in the state, the ORR held him in a detention facility for almost a year and a half, without an immigration hearing or an explanation for why […]

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Latest Connecticut DCF Report Card ‘Reflects a Disappointing Downward Trend,’ Says Plaintiffs’ Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Today an independent court monitor released the latest report in the case of Juan F. v. Malloy, which shows that the Department of Children and Families has experienced a decline in performance in several key areas. The suit, led by national advocacy organization Children’s Rights and […]

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CONGRESS MUST ‘SHOW STRONG MORAL LEADERSHIP’ ON DACA

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The repeal will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands […]

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Congress Must Show ‘Strong Moral Leadership,’ Take Action to Support DACA, Says Children’s Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. […]

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Meet Shay House: Foster Youth Advocate and LGBTQ Activist

21-year-old Shay House is a foster youth advocate and LGBTQ activist from Oakland, California.  During her time in foster care, she lived in more than 40 placements and attended 23+ schools.  But against all odds, Shay persisted in her academic goals. This fall, she will be starting her junior year at Mills College where she […]

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Federal Court Grants Tennessee Governor and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Exit From 16-Year Lawsuit

 PRESS CONTACT: Holly Aubry // 646.943.0541 // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Reporting Will Continue for 18 Months —– Legal advocacy can make government accountable and transform the way children are treated by public systems.  Tennessee is a prime example,” says Children’s Rights. (Nashville, TN)—In a momentous ruling for children in foster care served by Tennessee’s Department of Children’s […]

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GOP Plan to Eliminate Adoption Tax Credit ‘Stands in Stark Contrast to a Purported Support of Family Values’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (New York, NY) – In response to the news that proposed GOP tax reform would eliminate the adoption tax credit, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement:  “As we enter National Adoption Month, when our federal government is bringing attention to the need […]

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Congress Must Act Now to Protect Healthcare Funding for Millions of Children, Says Children’s Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In response to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Congress placed young lives at risk over the weekend when it failed to reauthorize CHIP by the September 30 deadline. Nearly […]

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Meet Edgar Carranza: Foster Youth Advocate

23-year-old Edgar Carranza is a former foster kid and a foster youth advocate working with Georgia EmpowerMEnt. This week, Edgar addressed CR supporters in Atlanta, describing the realities and impact of living in state care. Q: How did you come to find yourself in state care? I was thrown into foster care at age 13 […]

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First Report from Independent Court Monitors Shows South Carolina DSS Has Made Progress, but Faces Many Challenges in Reforming Child Welfare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. —- Agency Has ‘Demonstrated a Commitment to Reforming Its Foster Care System,’ but ‘In the Vast Majority of Areas…a Lot of Work Needs to Be Done,’ According to Report (Charleston, S.C.) — Independent monitors filed their first report today on South Carolina’s efforts to reform […]

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Scarecrow Read Aloud Lesson Plans and More!

Scarecrow themed lesson plans are just perfect for fall!  We love the book, Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant (affiliate link) and your class will too! Scarecrow Read Aloud This book is flat-out adorable!   Students fall in love with his gentle nature!  This is a book they beg to hear again and again, which makes it perfect […]

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Spider Informational Text Activities

Spider informational text activities for kindergarten and first grade?   You got it! Done and done! Deedee and I were asked for more informational texts in our Guiding Readers units,  so we added a stand-alone edition.  As you know, these units are week-long close reading lessons that really allow students to dive in deeper.  The teacher […]

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How to Get Started with Writer’s Workshop in Kindergarten and First Grade

Do you struggle with how to get started? Writer’s Workshop is one of the most powerful components in Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. In Writing, students are encoding words that come from their thoughts and feelings, which is a much easier skill than decoding.  Successful writers become successful readers! So, how do you get started?  […]

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Creepy Underwear Lesson Plans

A Creepy Pair of Underwear is Aaron Reynold’s new book, and I am so excited! Jasper, the rabbit, is back in this story and this time his creepy underwear is scaring him.  Just look at these illustrations! Guiding Readers = Close Reading As soon as I saw this book, I knew we were going to […]

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Set the Stage to Engage! Cookie Detectives

Set the Stage to Engage with the Case of the Missing Cookies!  September kindergarten and first-grade activities for back to school. Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? This is a fun rhyme to do at the beginning of the school year.  Students love hearing their name and hearing the names of their friends. […]

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Instant, Yet Powerful Lesson Plans… Just Print and Teach!

Here are a few things I know about teachers. 1.  They want the absolute BEST for their students. 2.  They want to employ “Best Practices” in their classrooms. 3.  They. Are. Overwhelmed! 4.  Occasionally, they want to go home before 5 pm after school AND they would like to spend their weekends with their families […]

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Alphapalooza 2 Phonemic Awareness & Phonics Fun!

  “The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness.” -Marilyn Jager Adams We spend a lot of time working on Phonemic Awareness and Phonics skills in kindergarten and first-grade, so we want to make sure that we create games and activities that will hold the interest of our students. […]

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Skill Surgery

Need a fun way to review and practice some of the skills that you’ve been working on this year? We had so much fun performing Surgical Procedures on previously learned skills. We rotated through 8 different activities.  Here are a few of them.     Silly Sums  The surgeons were given equations that had a […]

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