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Child Welfare

Dan Scanlan of the Florida Times-Union reports on a Canadian family who adopted two Florida children and soon discovered the state had failed to tell them about serious mental health issues the two developed while in foster care. A state child welfare official and the leader of the private foster care provider that placed the children, both questioned the legitimacy of the couple’s claims.

Alysia Sawchyn, a student columnist for University of Tampa’s The Minaret, argues in support of trying two New York City caseworkers for criminally negligent homicide. For more on that case, click here.  


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked the National Urban League to support efforts to regulate for-profit schools, depicting the industry as being similar to predatory mortgage brokers and bankers, reports eNews Park Forest.

Former D.C. schools boss Michelle Rhee initially lashed out when speculation about test cheating in the city arose, attributing the story to “enemies of school reform.” This week, she called Jay Mathews of the Washington Post to say her remarks were “stupid.”

The Shelby Star’s Corey Friedman reports on an odd phenomenon in Cleveland County, N.C.: the attendance rate keeps getting higher, and the dropout rate continues to be among the worst in the state

Local students move on, illegally, after the last-minute defeat of the federal DREAM Act, reports Matt O’Brien of the Contra Costa Times.

Juvenile Justice

Chandra Thomas of Juvenile Justice Information Exchange breaks down the law that would rewrite Georgia’s juvenile code, which yesterday gained the support of Gov. Nathan Deal.  

Daniel Beekman of the New York Daily News reports that on Wednesday, Bronx’s notorious Spofford juvenile detention center was shut down for the final time…again.