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New York Considers Raising Age of Criminal Responsibility

by Associated Press
Rikers Island.

m.joedicke, Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and juvenile justice reformers say New York should stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.

   Supporters of the change came to the state Capitol Tuesday to make their case to lawmakers. They want to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18, so all but the most violent 16- and 17-year-old offenders would be handled by the juvenile justice system.

New law Addresses NY's Private Business Schools

by Associated Press
Career Building Workshop
John.Nash, flickr

The measure designed to better protect students was signed into law recently by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The law gives the state Department of Education more authority to make sure the schools are using approved instruction methods and protecting students' finances after they pay tuition.
 
There are more than 450 licensed, registered or certified schools instructing in various trades statewide. But up to another 1,000 are believed to be operating without a license.
 
State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.

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