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Budget

Bob Greene of Lousiana’s WLTV.com reports the local angle on the potential elimination of AmeriCorps, which House Republicans included in their budget proposal for the remainder of fiscal 2011.

Child Welfare

Daryl Passmore of the The Sunday Mail reports on a study that found Australia is medicating foster children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at twice the rate of the general youth population.

Recent high-profile abuse cases have some South Carolina prosecutors advocating for the state to develop a child abuse registry, Meg Kinnard of the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, the Des Moines Register editorial board wrote this weekend that Iowa should reconsider how people get on, and off, the state’s registry.

Education/Jobs

Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson is the subject of a New York Times profile by Michael Winerup, who details Ferguson’s career as the premiere racial achievement gap researcher.

Emily McFarlan of the Elgin Courier News (Ill.) reports on how one community college has increased its first-year students' college-readiness, thereby decreasing the number of students who need to enroll in remedial courses. 

The youth unemployment situation in Delaware is examined by the News Journal’s Phillip Lucas.

Juvenile Justice

Susan Voyles of Nevada’s RGJ.com reports on fears that the governor’s budget proposal, which would gut spending on juvenile alternative programs, will dismantle years of progress on juvenile justice reform in some of the state’s largest counties.

The Scranton Times-Tribune provides a review of the first week in the trial of Mark Ciavarella, the former Pennsylvania juvenile judge accused of taking money to help establish a for-profit detention center and then fill it with juveniles.