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Child Welfare

David Crary of the Associated Press sets the scene nicely with this breakdown of Camreta v. Greene, a case involving a young girl who was interrogated at school about her father’s alleged sexual abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case tomorrow, and experts believe it is the first child protection case to come before the high court in 21 years.

In New York’s St. Lawrence County, reports Susan Meade of the Watertown Daily Times, the cost of caring for high-risk youth in the foster care system went way up from 2007 to 2010. Local officials cite an increase in housing rates charged by the state, and by a caseload that jumped from 30 to 51 youths over that period of time.

Education/Jobs

The Des Moines Register editorial board takes issue with the House amendment to block the gainful employment rule affecting for-profit colleges from passage, urging Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and his fellow Senators to defeat this amendment. 

The Los Angeles Community College District’s major construction project to rebuild nine campuses wasted millions of dollars, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation by Michael Finnigan and Gale Holland

The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune’s Molly Newman reports on how the House Continuing Resolution would hurt job training centers.

Juvenile Justice

Brandon Fannin, a 17-year-old awaiting trial for murdering his grandparents, apparently hung himself in an adult jail over the weekend, Tennessee news stations WBIR reports. Fannin, who was recently moved to the jail after attacking a guard at Knoxville’s  juvenile detention center, left a note.

Jessica Fender of the Denver Post reports that Colorado may choose not to comply with the Adam Walsh Act, assume the federal funding penalty, and keep its sex offender registry the way it is.

Miscellaneous

State and local budgets will be slashed this year at the expense of children, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes.