Outcry Grows Over Suspension of Student Who Disarmed Suspect

Posted by on March 14th, 2013

Following widespread national media attention, outrage continues to grow surrounding the controversial suspension of a 16-year-old Florida student who reportedly helped disarm a gunman on a school bus, potentially saving at least one life. School officials dispute those reports. Now, however, a national youth-rights organization has officially become involved in the case to advocate on […]

Lawsuit threatened over Cypress Lake HS ‘hero’ suspension

Posted by on March 8th, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A national youth rights group is prepared to sue the Lee County School District, not for money, but to expunge the suspension given to a teen many are calling a hero. This comes more than a week after a Cypress Lake High School student was suspended after he wrestled a loaded […]

Lesbian Kid Suspended For Standing Up to Anti-Gay Bullying Sues

Posted by on March 3rd, 2013

A Florida high school student is alleging school officials violated her rights when they banned her from participating in an anti-bullying observance and then suspended her from school. In April of last year, DeSoto County school student Amber Hatcher, then 15, was making plans to participate in the National Day of Silence. The event is […]

Student surveys seen as unlikely evaluations element, for now

Posted by on November 29th, 2012

Inspired by a 2010 study that found that students’ feedback about their teachers helped predict how well the teachers’ students performed on state tests, New York City asked some schools last year to test out a student survey that could become part of new teacher evaluations. But if the city and its teachers union agree […]

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID

Posted by on October 9th, 2012

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program. The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district […]

Terrifying Teen Speech in the News Again

Posted by on August 25th, 2012

If there’s one belief that unites Americans, it’s that First Amendment freedom of speech is a good thing.  Everybody should have it: cigarette companies, SuperPACs, hate groups, Todd Akin, Cher, and Nichole Ritchie. Teenagers, not so much. They might say something wrong. Better to shut them up. The last time the issue of impudent teen […]

Speak Out on Corporal Punishment

Posted by on June 9th, 2012

Can’t attend the upcoming rally in Washington, DC against corporal punishment in our schools? You can still share your views. During the second day of the event, NYRA Executive Director Bill Bystricky will join other activists in reading comments submitted from across America. If you have a personal experience with corporal punishment in school, send […]

Rally Against Corporal Punishment

Posted by on June 9th, 2012

The most basic right people of any age have is the right to physical safety, the right not to be harmed or touched against your will. Yet there are public schools in America where students are routinely hit by the very authority figures entrusted to keep them safe. Even in 2012, corporal punishment is still […]

Honor student working two jobs jailed for truancy

Posted by on May 27th, 2012

11th grader Diane Tran was summoned to court and arrested for truancy on Wednesday after missing school again after receiving a warning from truancy court last month. Tran, who attends Willis High School in Willis, Texas, spent 24 hours in jail and was given a $100 fine by Judge Larry Moriarty, the same judge who issued […]

Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers

Posted by on May 17th, 2012

MAY 15–Two parent chaperones at a Colorado high school prom sprayed Lysol on students engaged in “dirty dancing” and called several teenage girls “sluts and whores” for making it appear “they were advertising butt sex,” according to cops. The bizarre incident last month at the Manitou Springs High School resulted in harassment charges being filed […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.