Top Headlines 4/22

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Child Welfare

Los Angeles County continues to struggle with finding a child welfare leader that politicians are happy with, reports Christina Villacorte of the Contra Costa Times

Education/Jobs

A national group of for-profit colleges said that its members will now follow a voluntary code of conduct designed to regulate some of the problems that have sullied the image of the schools.  The group, which represents colleges serving 350,000 students at 500 campuses, said that they will not release the full code until this summer, but that it will cover job placement rates, more transparent financial aid policies, and disclosure of tuition costs.

Meanwhile, reports Kelly Field of The Chronicle of Higher Education, for-profit lobbyists seized on an error admitted by the Education Department this week: it accidentally inflated the number of student-loan default rates it reported.

Maryland delegate Neil C. Parrott will soon begin circulating a petition to force a referendum of the recently passed Maryland DREAM Act, which gives in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants, David Hill with The Washington Times reports. Mr. Parrott said he plans to file a suit regardless of whether the state accepts his petition.  

Young workers will have trouble finding any type of job this summer, even unpaid ones, reports Eileen Ambrose of the Baltimore Sun. But the outlook is better than last year, which was the worst summer for young job seekers since 1948.

Juvenile Justice

Not a story you see every day: A Pennsylvania teen asked to be tried as an adult instead of as a juvenile, reports Kevin Amerman of the Morning Call. The judge agreed to his request.

Judy Bastien of the Daily World reports on Louisiana counties competing to be the home of a juvenile detention center.

Click here to access Juvenile Justice Information Exchange's entire five-part series on one Georgia teen's drug addiction and consequent involvement in the juvenile justice system.