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Child Welfare

Dan Scanlon of the Florida Times-Union reports that a sex offender was allowed by the Department of Children and Families to live in a home that included a 12-year-old girl. When the girl said she had been abused, DCF removed her and has since arrested the offender, the girl’s parents, her grandmother, and her grandmother’s boyfriend.

Education/Jobs

This AP piece does a good job fact-checking President Obama’s claim that No Child Left Behind – without getting re-written – will result in the labeling of 82 percent of schools as failing.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy released a study showing that in addition to student loan defaulters, there are also significant percentages of student borrowers who delay repayment or are delinquent, according to Inside Higher Ed’s Doug Lederman.

The U.S. News & World Report’s Scott Manning writes about how the State of California and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board have approved the University of California-Irvine as a provider of WIA training services.

Chicago officially joins the list of cities announcing reductions in summer youth employment slots, as the Chicago Tribune’s John Byrne reports on the program’s 22 percent decline in jobs this summer

Juvenile Justice

Maneeza Iqbal of News 10, a California ABC affiliate, reports that another of the state’s training schools will likely close as a result of budget cuts despite a rally in Sacramento to save it.

Tracy Overstreet of Nebraska’s The Independent reports that Hall County might have found a way around its current bad choices when it comes to handling nonviolent juvenile offender awaiting release to a parent or a court hearing.