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Texas has a new law in effect. House Bill (HB) 674 ends out-of-school suspensions for Texas students in preschool through 2nd grade. Students can still be punished with in-school suspensions and they can still be suspended out of school for serious offenses like assault, drug possession, and weapon possession. This infographic contains details on positive behavior plans and how you can support your school, as well as who to call if your campus is not following the new law.
Comment from Texas Appleseed on Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule (CMS-3342-P) for Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements. Excerpt from Comment: Given the reality of subpar care at nursing homes across the country, a decreasing enforcement budget, the flaws inherent to the arbitration system outlined in this comment, and the ability of lawsuits, including class actions, to remedy harms and incentivize better practices, Texas Appleseed supports ensuring access to the court system is available to consumers by preventing pre-dispute arbitration agreements in the context of nursing homes.
Austin’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance (JCO) creates a Class C misdemeanor to punish youth who are not in school or who are out at night between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. Kids as young as 11 years old can be sent to adult criminal court, without an attorney, face fines of up to $500, and can end up with a criminal record. Research shows that this type of justice system contact is harmful for youth—it impacts their ability to succeed in school and can lead to additional harmful court and police interactions. Click Fact Sheet for More >>
A list of the cities in Texas that have passed the unified ordinance, which offers basic protections and affordability standards for people taking out payday and auto title loans.

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