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Child Welfare

Michael Overall of the Tulsa World reports on adoption screening process in Oklahoma through the eyes of one family, the Wilsons, who chafed at the “hundred little things” that made them feel intimidated and harassed.

The skills required to effectively investigate abuse and neglect in Florida hardly matches the salary offered to the people who do the job, reports John Lantigua and Ana Valdes of the Palm Beach Post.

Florida ABC affiliate WPBF posted this overview of the findings made by a panel tasked with reviewing the chilling death of Nubia Barahona, an adopted girl in the state, which is followed by a timeline with all of the stories on the case.


Tim Barker of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the overall body of lawsuits filed against for-profit colleges – do they actually stand a chance in court or are they just filed to attract negative attention to the industry?

The San Diego Community College District reached an unusual labor agreement with its main union, as reported by Pat Flynn of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Education Week’s Nora Fleming profiles a large after-school curriculum in Los Angeles – LA's BEST – that combines homework help, academic enrichment, recreation and a snack, serving 28,000 students at 180 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

President Obama is expected to set his first public timetable for lawmakers to rewrite No Child Left Behind, in a speech he will deliver today at an Arlington, Va. middle school, according to the Washington Post’s Nick Anderson.

The New York Times’ Michael Winerup examines school reform efforts in Detroit, a two-year overhaul with mixed results for the city’s charter schools.

Juvenile Justice

Sign on San Diego’s Nathan Max profiles Daniel Ybarra and his program Stony Knoll Youth Services, which takes older juveniles on service-based trips far away from their comfort zones.

Interesting story from Erin Waldner of Riverside, Calif.’s Press-Enterprise about an area youth court that is operated by a police detective and is showing some promising early results

The Examiner’s David Sherfinski reports on nearly two dozen staffers at Virginia juvenile detention centers that the state recently discovered were living at the facilities.