Top Headlines 3/17

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Child Welfare

A Florida caseworker who was fired over the death of a 10-year-old girl, allegedly at the hands of her adoptive parents, will fight to get her job back, reports Brian Hamacher of NBC Miami.

Education/Jobs

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lashes out in The Hill at the cuts to the Workforce Investment Act that are included in the House spending bill for 2011.

While the Kentucky House voted to raise the age at which students can drop out of school to 18, and Connecticut ponders doing the same, New Hampshire’s House votes to lower its dropout age to 16 to the dismay of Gov. John Lynch. Respective stories are from 89.3 WFPL, Associated Press and  the Eagle Tribune.

Dennis Taylor of the Salinas Californian profiles the early intervention dropout prevention strategy employed in a California school district.

One Brooklyn principal is attributing his students’ higher test scores to a new mentoring program run by volunteers, according to the Daily News’ Ben Chapman.

The Omaha World-Herald’s Alissa Skelton looks at the scarce employment prospects for the region’s youth.

Juvenile Justice

D.C. may soon have a confirmed juvenile justice director for the first time in a year, reports Freeman Klopott of the Washington Examiner

The Christian Science Monitor editorial board heralds the news from a report released this week showing changes in a number of states that limit the number of juveniles tried as adults.

Miscellaneous

A Boulder, Colo. nonprofit tells Daily Camera reporter Amy Bounds what would happen to some of its programs if AmeriCorps ceased to exist.