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Child Welfare

Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families has placed the deputy superintendent of the state training school on a two-week leave so the state can conduct an internal investigation following a complaint DCYF received about its scared straight-type program.

Education/Jobs

Those who have lobbied for the DREAM Act may have little hope the bill will be considered in the 112th Congress but that didn’t stop President Barack Obama from calling for DREAM’s passage at last night’s State of the Union address. More from The Hill’s Mike Lillis here.

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt argues for a shift in the federal funding of colleges that would reward schools based on graduation rates, whereas the current system, he says, pays the schools relative to their enrollment numbers. 

Tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m., the Alliance for Excellent Education will host an interactive webinar that analyzes the education reform aspects of the President’s State of the Union speech. To register and submit questions, go here.

Juvenile Justice

The Urban Institute has released a report on the changing trends in juvenile justice legislation that indicates it is swinging more toward rehabilitative efforts after decades of the “get tough” approach.