Closing Crumbling, Costly Prisons is the Right Thing To Do

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson is absolutely on the right path in criticizing Florida’s malfunctioning adult prison system and demanding it be held accountable. He says he’s “doing the math” and his math is blackboard perfect. He and his team deserve the full support of child advocacy groups including American Children’s Campaign. For several years, the American Children’s Campaign has voiced our objection about the adult prison system’s monetary drain on Florida’s budget, its continued waste, and its lack of creativity and originality in achieving better outcomes. Due to the prison system’s extraordinary expense, and the hardships it creates on families, Florida’s children don’t receive resources to meet their needs ...Read More

2021-10-06T20:15:46-04:00October 6, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Capitol Report: Highlights of Committee Meetings Focused on Children

The Florida Legislature will convene for its 2022 session on January 11. This early start has pushed “Committee Weeks” into the fall of 2021. Six are scheduled. The first meetings took place the week of September 20. The Capitol was re-opened to the public. American Children’s Campaign was represented by Roy Miller, Michael Sonntag, and Tom Griffin with Smith, Bryan and Myers. Committee hearings were monitored and reported by the Policy Team of apprentices under the direction of Amanda Ostrander. Most committee hearings were introductory in content, with executive branch agencies providing updates on their work and priorities since the close of the 2021 session in May. Of special interest ...Read More

2021-09-30T08:59:12-04:00September 29, 2021|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

Florida Senator Lauren Book Receives Superhero Award for Bill Eliminating Seclusion and Limiting Restraints for Children with Disabilities

In recognition of her leadership and support for eliminating seclusion and limiting physical restraints on children with disabilities in public schools (SB 192) American Children’s Campaign recently presented a Superhero Protector of Children Award to Florida Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation). The Superhero awards are reserved for people who envision and/or lead transformational change for children. “The common denominator for receiving a Superhero award is the large-scale transformative change that can be achieved,” explained Roy Miller, president of American Children’s Campaign. “It recognizes system reform that fundamentally changes children’s lives for the better.” Florida currently averages over 8,500 incidents of physical restraints being used on children in public schools annually. ...Read More

2021-09-29T16:03:17-04:00September 22, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|