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Child Welfare

A team of scientists at the University of Washington will attempt to study the effects of abuse and neglect on the minds of children in the state’s foster care system, reports Kevin Graman of the Spokesman Review. 


A group of Senators and a group of young illegal immigrants asked the president to defer deportation for people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act, reports Steve Palm Houser of

In Jackson, Miss., you know it’s a tough market for teens when high school valedictorians can’t find a job, reports Cassandra Mickens of the Clarion-Ledger.

If recent news coverage is any indication, a report on Kentucky’s track record on the monitoring of for-profit colleges is not going to be pretty, says this editorial in the Courier-Journal.

In other for-profit news, John Lauerman of Bloomberg reports that the schools are facing increased attention from state governments as the feds ponder big-picture regulation.

Cash-strapped states and municipalities across the country are passing laws that will allow companies to advertise in schools and on yellow school buses, The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell reports. From Utah to New Jersey, school bus advertising is meeting both praise and opposition, as supporters cite the much needed revenue and opponents criticize advertising to impressionable young children.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported late last week on the end of Upward Bound at the University of San Francisco. According to the Chronicle's Nanette Asimov, the eviction of the program that helps prepare low-income high school students for college, has been met with harsh criticism by organizations such as the San Francisco NAACP.

Juvenile Justice

Michigan has a new law shielding youths convicted of crimes involving consensual sex from the public sex offender registry. For some former juvenile sex offenders and their families, says Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press, it is too late.

It’s time to  rethink the Adam Walsh Act, says this editorial in the Denver Post.  Colorado is not expected to pass legislation that would put it in compliance with the federal Walsh Act, in part because it would force changes to how the state handles juvenile offenders.

The Texas Senate approved a reform plan last weekend, reports Sommer Ingram of the Associated Press, and it brings the state one step closer to merging its juvenile probation and corrections agencies.

A county in Massachusetts has arraigned a 57-year-old man in juvenile court for a murder he allegedly help commit in 1969, when he was 16, reports