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Child Welfare

As the rest of the nation seems to ponder how to integrate or merge state agencies, a Washington State lawmaker wants to break up the Department of Social and Health Services, according to KomoNews.com’s Tracy Vedder. More on this from John Stang of the Kitsap Sun.

From the AP, Nebraska lawmakers begin to introduce legislation aimed at regulating the governor’s effort to privatize child welfare.

Also from the AP, Connecticut is sending too many system-involved youths out of state to suit the state’s new child welfare and juvenile justice director, Joette Katz.

Education/Jobs

LBGT publication Qnotes, in an article by Matt Comer, reports on a new survey of South Carolina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender citizens showing bullying is a serious problem and one that particularly affects youth in the public education system.

Montana’s community college field went all out in its testimony before a state legislature subcommittee, part of an effort to urge lawmakers to fully fund the state's two-year schools. By Charles S. Johnson of the Billings Gazette.

The AP reports that two leaders of the push to reorganize a Compton, Calif., school have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Educationl's civil rights division alleging that teachers at McKinley elementary are trying to turn their children against them.

Juvenile Justice

A Montana bill pushed by MADD is trying to charge kids tried for vehicular homicide as adults. By KFBB.com’s Kacey Drescher.

From the Tonawanda News’ Britney Milazzo, a bill to reform the New York system, particularly juvenile group homes, is moving forward.

Tina Rosenberg reports on programs to help youths and adults returning to society from prison in the New York Times.