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Child Welfare

Miami network WSVN reports on another alarming phone call made to the Department of Children and Families days before two adopted twins, Nubia and Victor Barahona, were found in their father’s truck, Nubia dead and Victor badly burned with chemicals.

Kinship is a superior choice to foster care, says this editorial from the Dallas News. Kinship care is on the chopping block in the budget being considered by the Texas House. 

Juvenile Justice

More on the political effort to consolidate Wisconsin’s state-run juvenile facilities, this time from the Journal Times Marci Tenuta.

South Dakota website reports today on the fourth release of a local guide for families and youths about the juvenile justice system, created by the organization South Dakota Voices for Children.


Lisa Foderaro of the New York Times explores how many New York community college students get placed in remedial classes.

The Monterey County Weekly’s Erik Cushman pleads the federal government not to kill WIA funding, as the budget bill passed in the House would do.

As the charter school debate continues across the country, the high-performing national network of charter schools KIPP is at risk of shutting down operations in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Erica L. Green and Liz Bowie.


City Year founder Alan Khazei is mulling a 2012 run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Scott Brown (R-Mass.), reports Wicked Local ‘s John Hilliard. Khazei is now CEO of Be the Change, an advocacy group that served as a catalyst for the expansion of AmeriCorps in 2009; the federal program has since been targeted for elimination in Republican spending proposals.

The White House will hold a conference on bullying next Thursday.