Child & Family

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Increase Adolescent Marijuana Abuse?

Researchers from the University of Florida College of Medicine find no discernable impact of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on adolescent marijuana abuse.

Early Investment Equals Academic Success: How States Can Get the Most for their Education Program Dollars

Programs like North Carolina’s Smart Start and More at Four are producing better academic outcomes – and not just for the children in the programs.

Neighborhood Effects: The Influence on School Closures and Openings

New study finds that closing urban public schools can lead to educational alternatives that increase segregation.

The Role of City Planners in Building Family-Friendly Communities

A new study examines the attitudes of planners towards family-friendly communities and finds several factors are critical to the creation of urban environments that are more conducive to child welfare and development.

Policy Radio | Tim King on the Goals, Challenges, and Successes of Charter Schools

This week, Kristyn Bretz speaks with Urban Prep Academies CEO Tim King about the mission of charter schools, the unique challenges of supporting African-American male students, and how the experiences of charter schools can inform the public school system.

Learned Behavior: With Parents in Prison, Do Children Develop Lasting Bad Health Habits?

With more and more parents in prison, what can we expect of their children’s health outcomes as adults?

Can Different Learning Activities Bring Out Students’ Unseen Academic Potential?

Problem-based learning units can help teachers identify students with advanced academic potential whose giftedness might otherwise be ignored.

Widening the Gap: China’s Land Reform and Gender Disparities

The main culprit for China’s gender gap expansion in the early 1980s might have been the post-Mao land reform rather than the One Child Policy.

Editor’s Note: Opportunity and Need in the Juvenile Justice System

We take a look back at the articles from our Child and Family Special Series on Juvenile Justice and the powerful, lasting consequences for the youth involved.

Consequences of Juvenile Arrests on Education: How Law and Educational Policies Hurt More than Help

Adolescents who are arrested are more likely to drop out of high school and to fail to enroll in a four-year college.

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