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 Child Welfare

A Children’s Rights lawsuit alleging Rhode Island's foster care system is broken has been reinstated by a federal appeals court, the Associated Press’s Eric Tucker reports.
 

Juvenile justice

Trey Bundy of the New York Times examines the California debate over whether to close DJJ.

In Sacramento, officials held an open house at the county's newly expanded and renovated juvenile facility. The Sacramento Press’ Isaac Gonzalez reports on the opening.

The latest on the Adam Walsh Act:

* In Maryland, action the legislature took last year isn’t sufficient to meet federal requirements.

* In Washington state, legislators are grappling with whom should be notified about registered sex offenders, school personnel only or parents of children at a school.

Education/Jobs

The New York Times’ Tamar Lewin reports that students, not states, are now paying more to cover costs for public universities.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), despite a massive state budget shortfall, is still proposing funding boosts to youth violence prevention and job training programs, according to the Boston Herald’s Christine McConville.

The Virginian-Pilot’s Hattie Brown Garrow examines a series of initiatives put in place by a new community college president in southern Virginia.

An opinion column in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) by retired college teacher John P. Calvert takes an interesting stance: high college dropout rates are actually a good thing, since they lead to increased funding from tuition payments.