Top Headlines 4/15

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Child Welfare

The Memphis Business Journal yesterday reported a notable merger in the child welfare world: multi-state family service provider Youth Villages is merging with ChristieCare, a major provider in Oregon.

New Connecticut child welfare director Joette Katz is developing a plan that could keep two state-run psychiatric facilities open and bring back youths that the system is sending to Massachusetts for treatment, reports Jacqueline Rabe of the CT Mirror.

Education/Jobs

For-profits will be hit the hardest by President Obama’s proposal to cut Pell Grants by $1.8 billion as part of his long-term spending plan, reports John Lauerman of Bloomberg.

Judith Scott-Clayton, an assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University examines whether a bachelors degree is really worth the student debt that comes with it for the New York Times. She concludes that although the median annual earnings for a full-time employee with a bachelors degree is $20,000 more than someone without, there are many concerning aspects, such as a worker not finding a job with that average salary, or taking 10 years to reach it.

Juvenile Justice

Rina Palta of California’s KALW News reports that Alameda County will no longer send juveniles to state-run juvenile facilities. Alameda currently has 63 offenders with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Palta reports.

Michigan may be close to compliance with the Adam Walsh Act after passing a law that shields most teens who are charged with crimes related to consensual sex from possible inclusion on the registry, reports Peter Daining of The Holland Sentinel.

Miscellaneous

Illinois’ state auditor general said the expansion of the state’s children’s health insurance Program was a financial boondoggle, reports Monifa Thomas of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Michelle Malkin is not a fan of AmeriCorps, in particular the VISTA program and its efforts to sign people up for food stamps. Not sure where the “$6 billion social army” figure comes from.