Top Headlines 12/27

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Child Welfare

A website called Elmhurst Patch reports that Illinois’ new “sexting law” will go into effect next week. The purpose of the law is to allow for such cases to be addressed in court as a child welfare issue so that prosecutors won’t have to pursue felony pornography charges.

Dan Weist of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah’s child welfare agency is in the midst of a four-year downhill slide when it comes to certain key indicators. This is interesting, because the organization that sued Utah’s system to get it on the right path – the National Center for Youth Law - is currently penning a paper on the lessons learned from what it views as successful litigation in the state.

Juvenile Justice

The Charlotte Observer reports that North Carolina child advocates are pushing Gov. Bev Perdue to move the juvenile justice department into the Department of Health and Human Services. The current plan for state reorganization has the juvenile justice system folding into the Department of Corrections.

In this story from the Kitsap Sun, Josh Farley reports on the fear by one  Washington State defense attorney about the inclusion of juveniles on the state’s sex offender registry.

A veteran judge in Illinois will make Chicago’s juvenile court the final stop in his career, reports the Chicago Tribune’s Matthew Walberg. Judge Michael Toomin told Walberg that a main goal will be to reduce detention, and that he is mulling the concept of pairing many offenders with a mentor.


Website reviewer gives its take on job search database The review, found here, says the site is practical for people looking for community college faculty, staff or administrator positions. reports Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will replace outgoing Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) as co-chairman of the Senate Afterschool Caucus, which works to increase funding for after-school programs.

Bloomberg News’ John Lauerman and Jonathan D. Salant report for-profit colleges more than doubled their lobbying expenses in the first three-quarters of 2010 compared with 2009.