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Indonesia: President Signs Decree on Character Education

(Oct. 19, 2017) On September 6, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a presidential decree issuing a regulation on education designed to strengthen character. Widodo stated that the regulation had been prepared following input from a variety of interested parties across the country and that it would be followed up with the provision of technical […]

Israel: Establishment of the Council for Preschoolers

(Oct. 19, 2017) On July 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Council for Preschoolers Law, 5777-2017 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2658 p. 1129, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).) The Law will enter into effect on February 7, 2018, six months after its August 7, […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Authorizes Religious Education in Public Schools

(Oct. 6, 2017) On September 27, 2017, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) dismissed, by a majority vote (6 to 5), a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Incosntitucionalidade, ADI)  in which the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuradoria-Geral da República, PGR) questioned the model of religious education in the country’s public school […]

Israel: Commemoration of Allies’ Victory over Nazi Germany

(Oct. 6, 2017) On July 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law on the Day of the Victory over Nazi Germany, 5777-2017 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2659 p. 1147, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).  The Law designates May 9, or the Sunday after that […]

Sweden: Parliament Votes to Grant Migrants Extended Residence Permits to Complete High School

(June 9, 2017) On May 3, 2017, the Swedish Parliament voted to amend the Act on Temporary Restrictions on the Right to Obtain Residence Permits in Sweden, to allow students aged 17-25 to remain in Sweden while they complete their high school education. (Lag om ändring i lagen (2016:752) om tillfälliga begränsningar av möjligheten att […]

Sweden: Mandatory Military Education Re-Introduced

(May 5, 2017) On March 2, 2017, the Swedish Government re-introduced mandatory military education for its citizens. (Regeringen återaktiverar mönstring och grundutbildning med värnplikt [Government Re-Activates Conscription and Mandatory Basic [Military] Education], REGERINGEN (Mar. 2, 2017).) The reason cited by the Swedish government is that the current “volunteer only” solution to military conscription and staffing […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]

Germany: Court Declines Case Challenging Mandatory Participation of Female Muslim Student in Co-Ed Swim Class

(Dec. 15, 2016) On November 8, 2016, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) declined to accept for review a constitutional complaint alleging that mandatory participation in a co-ed swim class for a female Muslim student infringed on the applicant’s freedom of religion. In an unusual move, the Court provided reasoning for its refusal to hear […]

Japan: Act to Secure Education for Emotionally Challenged Children

(Dec. 14, 2016) The Act on Securing Opportunities for Education Equivalent to Ordinary Education During the Ages of Mandatory Education was passed by the Diet (Japan’s parliament) and promulgated on December 14, 2016.  (Kanpo, Extra No. 276, at 13 (Dec. 14, 2016) (in Japanese).)   Based on the Act, the government will support “free schools” that […]

Uruguay: Legislation Against Bullying in Schools

(Sept. 13, 2016) On July 26, 2016, legislation opposing bullying in educational institutions was been submitted for discussion in Uruguay’s Parliament. The draft law aims to define, prevent, and intervene in different types of harassment or bullying in schools and includes applicable sanctions.  (Proponen Sancionar el Bullying en Centros de Ensenanza [Proposal to Punish Bullying […]