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Child Welfare

Margie Menzel from News Service of Florida reports that new Florida child welfare director David Wilkins was told by a Senate committee that he has a “short window” to address problems brought to the surface by the recent death of a foster child, allegedly by her adoptive parents.

Carol Marbin Miller of the Miami Herald reports that a number of recent deaths of adopted children have some in the state thinking that the child welfare system is rushing some kids to adoption too quickly.

Education/Jobs

The Huffington Post’s Chris Kirkham produced a major feature story on how a group of former executives from the University of Phoenix built their own for-profit college empire.

Federal prosecutors are trying to find records pertaining to Illinois’ summer jobs program during 2006, which was touted by former Ill. Governor Rod Blagojevich as helping thousands of youths get jobs.

Juvenile Justice

New York’s News Channel 9 has a 55-minute conference up on its website with a woman who collected videotape of violent incidents within some state juvenile facilities.  Eileen Carpenter, who recently retired from the State Commission of Corrections and is suing the state, says the administration of former Gov. David Patterson ignored her findings.

 

From Youth Today: A layman's guide to California's debate about the future of the state juvenile justice agency, by John Kelly. 

Miscellaneous

Jenna Brogan of California's Monterey County Weekly reports on the local impact that would be felt if the federal AmeriCorps program went away.