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From the Washington Post’s Susan M. Swearer, five myths about bullying.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan frames the looming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as a great opportunity for bipartisan governing in this opinion piece he wrote for The Washington Post.  

The Chicago Tribune’s Bonnie Miller Rubin reports on a new initiative of Chicago area community colleges: providing rental textbooks for students at reduced prices.

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s departing attorney general – and now governor – announced last week that $13 million in settlements from colleges and lenders stemming from a student loan deceptive practices case will be used to fund a national student loan center – a 24-hour call-in center and website to help students and parents navigate through the student loan process. The New York Times’ Kareem Fahim reported on the plans for the center.  

And an editorial from the Columbus Dispatch lashes out at the city of Columbus for failing to grasp the charter school concept, praising the recently announced partnership of nine other cities to align their charter school efforts.

Juvenile Justice

The Miami Herald’s Hannah Sampson profiles Wansley Walters, the new head of DJJ in Florida, who was an early candidate for the OJJDP job.

The Oklahoma attorney general approved the deal with Rite of Passage to build the state's new secure juvenile facility, according to staff and wire reports from the Enid News and Eagle.

The Bangor Daily News’ Mal Leary writes that Maine legislators are expecting a lively debate on laws aimed at Adam Walsh Act compliance.

Child Welfare

A down economy in Hawaii is likely the reason for a steady decline in the number of families who are able and willing to take in foster children, Dan Nakaso in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.