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Child Welfare

The Boston Globe reports on how a plan to close three children's shelters immediately, which serve about 200 abused and neglected children a year in Rhode Island, was stopped at the last minute. But plans are still on track to close them on June 30.

Joshua Wolfson of the Billings Gazette writes about Wyoming's teen sex registry bill.

A column on Congressional Republicans’ attempts to shut down the Corporation for National and Community Service in the Arbiter Online, Boise State’s student online publication, states it’s an indication that some don’t recognize that is “inherently good for this country.”

Delaware State University is reaching out to kids who age out of foster care in the state with a new program that will provide two of them a year to obtain their bachelor’s at the school,  according to the Dover Post.


U.S. News and World Report’s Scott Manning reports on a growing trend of community colleges creating agreements with four-year universities to allow two-year graduates to receive a discount on tuition at the four-year school.

Financial news site WalletPop gives advice on paying off student loans, including avoiding major debt problems to begin with, in this nine steps column by David Bach.

Conservative policy blog the Foundry, from the Heritage Foundation, is supporting the House Republicans plans to put the Labor Department’s job training programs on the chopping block, in this piece by David Muhlhausen.

Juvenile Justice

Terrie Morgan-Besecker of the Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) reports on potential implications for juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella’s class action case: the prosecution doesn't present evidence on Ciavarella's interaction with juveniles at all. And in his testimony, Ciavarella repeatedly admitted he had made “the wrong decision” and used poor judgment, but insisted the $2.1 million he received from the private prison’s developer was a “finder’s fee” and not a kickback.

Will Nebraska seek juvenile justice reform? The Omaha World-Herald’s Cindy Gonzalez reports on the first steps in adopting the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative across the state.