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Billitteri, Thomas J.

Works: 40 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 1,284 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works 
Classifications: KF228.G377, 345.73081
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Most widely held works by Thomas J Billitteri
The Gault case : legal rights for young people by Thomas J Billitteri ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the 1967 Supreme Court Case in which the court ruled that juvenile courts cannot deprive children of certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution
Alternative medicine by Thomas J Billitteri ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides an overview of a fast-growing method of health care that use herbs, acupuncture, hypnosis and special diets
Mental health policy by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When lawmakers passed the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of their goals was protecting workers with psychiatric impairments from job discrimination. But many employers have been confused by the law, or hostile to it. This spring, to clarify the ADA, guidelines detailing employers' rights and responsibilities under the ADA were issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mental health advocates praise the rules, but business groups say they invite frivolous and costly lawsuits. The debate is part of a larger controversy over mental health policy that includes insurance "parity" for mental illness. Advocates say parity offers civil-rights protection for the mentally ill. Critics charge it intrudes on free enterprise
Parental rights by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conservative lawmakers and the Religious Right say liberal bureaucrats, courts and legislators have usurped parents' authority over their children. They have mounted an aggressive campaign to win new parental rights guarantees in state constitutions and federal law. On Nov. 5, Coloradans will vote on a constitutional amendment giving parents the "inalienable" right "to direct and control the upbringing, education, values and discipline of their children." Sponsors in 27 other states are pushing similar amendments, and parental rights legislation has been introduced in Congress. A broad coalition of opponents argues that parental rights laws are dangerous and unnecessary. Such laws would not only put children at new risk for abuse, they say, but also throw schools into gridlock and lead to costly lawsuits
Curbing CEO pay by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This spring's shareholder proxy season promises to trigger fireworks among shareholders. Scores of public companies are under scrutiny from shareholders and politicians for rewarding their chief executive officers with huge pay and severance packages, sometimes despite spectacular management failures. Home Depot's Robert L. Nardelli, for example, received a $210 million severance package in January, while Capital One Financial's Richard D. Fairbank took home $280 million in compensation in 2005. Meanwhile, an investigation is proceeding into the possible manipulation of executive stock options at up to 200 companies. New federal rules requiring companies to disclose once-hidden details of their compensation took effect this year, setting the stage for bitter controversy over corporate pay. A coalition of shareholders is petitioning some 50 corporations for the right to advise their boards on the companies' executive compensation, and the new Democrat-controlled Congress has made moves aimed at curbing pay
Teacher education by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An influential report last year presented a blistering indictment of public education in America, especially the quality of teacher training. The National Commission on Teaching & America's Future said bold steps are needed to professionalize the nation's 2.7 million public school educators. Supporters of that view, including lawmakers, education experts and national teachers' unions, are pushing initiatives ranging from toughening licensing standards to eliminating poorly performing teachers. Advocates hail the new emphasis on teaching as unique in the long history of attempted education reforms. But some skeptics say that reforming teaching without making more fundamental changes in the nation's public schools won't accomplish nearly enough. Others question where the funding would come from
Middle-class squeeze by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Millions of families who once enjoyed the American dream of home ownership and upward financial mobility are sliding down the economic ladder -- some into poverty. Many have been forced to seek government help for the first time. The plunging fortunes of working families are pushing the U.S. economy deeper into recession as plummeting demand for goods and services creates a downward economic spiral. A consumption binge and growing consumer debt beginning in the 1990s contributed to the middle-class squeeze, but the bigger culprits were exploding prices for necessities such as housing, medical care and college tuition, cuts in employer-funded benefits and, some say, government policies that favored the wealthy. President Barack Obama has promised major aid for the middle class, and some economists are calling for new programs -- most notably national health coverage -- to assist working Americans
Financial bailout by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bowing to doomsday warnings that the U.S. and global financial systems could collapse, Congress passed a $700 billion rescue bill early this month. Part of a sweeping $1 trillion government plan to calm the stock market and unfreeze credit -- the unprecedented rescue came amid mounting fears of a deep recession and the collapse of such major financial institutions as Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual. The government's efforts included the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together hold or guarantee $5.4 trillion in mortgage loans -- 45 percent of the national total. The quasi-governmental firms were dragged down by investments in subprime mortgages and other "toxic" financial instruments. Meanwhile, even as the Bush administration and congressional leaders were calling the bailout plan vital, fundamental questions were being raised, including: Is the bailout big enough? And did risky lending by Fannie and Freddie and poor regulatory oversight fuel the crisis?
Human rights in China by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When the curtain rises on the Summer Olympics next month in Beijing, China will eagerly showcase its hypersonic economic growth and its embrace of what it calls the "rule of law." But 19 years after its bloody suppression of protesters in Tiananmen Square, China will also be displaying its human-rights record for all to judge. Human-rights advocates say the sheen of Chinese progress and prosperity hides repression and brutality by the Chinese Communist Party, including the violent repression of pro-independence protesters in Tibet, forced abortions stemming from China's one-child policy and the trampling of basic freedoms of speech, religion and assembly. Chinese government officials say their nation of 1.3 billion people has made huge strides on the legal and human-rights fronts and that the West has no business interfering in China's internal affairs
Socially responsible investing by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Socially responsible investing, which combines financial goals with the aim of improving society through stock screening, shareholder activism and other methods, has grown into a multi-trillion-dollar industry. Concerns about climate change, worker rights and other issues are prompting big institutional accounts as well as small investors to put more and more emphasis on social, environmental and corporate-governance factors in weighing investment decisions. But critics say stock-screening methods used by mutual funds are subjective and that socially responsible investments tend not to perform as well as conventional ones. Some of the harshest criticism has been directed at public pension funds using social-investing approaches, such as the California State Teachers' Retirement System, which uses a "double bottom line" approach to investing
Discipline in schools by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
More than a decade after a string of deadly school shootings focused attention on student discipline, the search continues for effective methods to curb classroom misconduct. Zero-tolerance policies, widely adopted during the 1990s, have led to skyrocketing suspension and expulsion rates in many school districts, sparking criticism that get-tough conduct codes are ineffective at stopping misbehavior and harmful to the education process. Civil-rights and child-advocacy groups say such codes have led to too many cases of harsh punishment for relatively minor violations, sometimes sending youngsters out on the street where they get into worse trouble. Critics also charge that black students are far more likely to be punished for similar misconduct than whites under the zero-tolerance approach. Meanwhile, a provision in the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires states to identify "persistently dangerous schools," is the subject of sharp debate as the law moves toward possible reauthorization this year
Reducing your carbon footprint by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As climate change rises closer to the top of the government's policy agenda -- and an economic crisis intensifies -- more and more consumers are trying to change their behavior so they pollute and consume less. To reduce their individual "carbon footprints," many are cutting gasoline and home-heating consumption, choosing locally grown food and recycling. While such actions are important in curbing global warming, the extent to which consumers can reduce or reverse broad-scale environmental damage is open to debate. Moreover, well-intentioned personal actions can have unintended consequences that cancel out positive effects. To have the greatest impact, corporate and government policy must lead the way, many environmental advocates say
Cyberbullying by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Child advocates say a growing epidemic of "cyberbullying" -- the use of computers, cell phones, social-networking sites and other technology to threaten or humiliate others -- is putting young people at risk, sometimes with deadly consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled "electronic aggression" an "emerging public-health problem." Court precedents on school discipline and students' First Amendment rights provide limited guidance to educators grappling with the emerging world of cyber communication, especially transmissions originating off school grounds. Nonetheless, many states and school districts are taking strong steps aimed at curbing cyber abuse. In Congress, bills to provide new funding for online-safety programs have been introduced, but conflicts have arisen over how federal money for such efforts should be spent
Gender pay gap by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
More than four decades after Congress passed landmark anti-discrimination legislation -- including the Equal Pay Act of 1963 -- a debate continues to rage over whether women are paid fairly in the workplace. Contending that gender bias contributes to a significant "pay gap," reformists support proposed federal legislation aimed at bringing women's wages more closely in line with those of men. Others say new laws are not needed because the wage gap largely can be explained by such factors as women's choices of occupation and the amount of time they spend in the labor force. Meanwhile, a class-action suit charging Wal-Mart Stores with gender bias in pay and promotions -- the biggest sex-discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history -- may be heading for the Supreme Court. Some women's advocates argue that a controversial high-court ruling last year makes it more difficult to sue over wage discrimination
Mass transit boom by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pressed by rising gas prices, highway gridlock and global-warming concerns, cities are spending unprecedented amounts on public transit systems -- from streetcars and other "light-rail" lines to commuter trains and rapid-transit buses. They also are experimenting with "congestion-pricing" plans that impose tolls on motorists to induce them to use transit or alter driving habits. While traffic congestion is partly behind the transit boom, it is not the only force driving it. Some light-rail projects are built hand-in-hand with "transit-oriented developments" -- walkable, mixed-use projects designed to attract residents, shoppers and office workers to urban neighborhoods. Cities from Portland, Ore., to Charlotte, N.C., have embraced rail projects, but critics argue that such ventures aren't boosting ridership or reducing traffic. Some worry, too, that they benefit the wealthy at the expense of low-income residents whose needs may not be well-served by new rail lines
Rethinking retirement can Americans afford to retire? by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Prospects for a secure retirement are more imperiled now than at any time since before the creation of the Social Security program in 1935. Low savings rates and credit abuse have contributed to the problem, but the recent economic crisis, which has led to massive layoffs and a collapse of the stock market, is forcing even those who have prepared and saved to rethink their retirement strategies. The entire retirement structure, including the shift away from traditional guaranteed pension plans toward 401(k) accounts, is under scrutiny, and Congress has called for greater transparency in the way such accounts are administered. Meanwhile, retirement experts are counseling workers to stay on the job longer to ensure their retirement security, and some economists are calling for reductions in Social Security benefits to shore up the entitlement system and accommodate the impending wave of retirements among the post-World War II baby-boom generation
Campaign finance reform by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As the 2008 presidential contest continues, the campaign finance system is in upheaval. Six years after Congress passed the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act to help curb the influence of unregulated "soft" money in politics, the so-called McCain-Feingold law is facing court challenges and persistent claims that it infringes on free-speech rights. Meanwhile, the system of public funding for federal campaigns is teetering. Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama is poised to be the first major-party presidential candidate to bypass the system in a general election. The Federal Election Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, has been paralyzed by partisan bickering. And spurred partly by the effects of McCain-Feingold and the shortcomings of the public-financing system, candidates have been turning to small donors, who are responding in unprecedented numbers
Government and religion was the United States founded as a "Christian nation"? by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A decades-long culture war over the relationship between government and religion and the role of faith in civil society shows no sign of abating. New cases are coming before the Supreme Court, and fresh conflicts are arising over the placement of religious displays on public property and the use of government money to support faith-based social-service programs. At the heart of the battle lies the question of whether the United States was formed as a Christian nation as many conservatives contend or whether the Founding Fathers meant to build a high wall of separation between church and state. President Obama outraged conservatives when he declared, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or Muslim nation but a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. Still, the share of Americans who profess to be Christians has been shrinking, while the percentage who claim no religious preference has nearly doubled since 1990
Afghanistan dilemma is President Obama pursuing the right course? by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Afghanistan-Pakistan conflict, Af-Pak, poses huge challenges ranging from rampant corruption within Afghanistan's police forces to the opium economy that funds the insurgency. Foreign-policy experts fear Pakistan's nuclear weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists. Is the Obama administration pursuing the right course of action in Afghanistan?
High-speed trains does the United States need supertrains? by Thomas J Billitteri ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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