Top Headlines 5/13

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Child Welfare

Beware of racial bias in child welfare, warned social work professor Alan Dettlaff at a recent social justice conference. Kay Luna of the Quad City Times has the story.

Education/Jobs

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who has been targeted by the Tea Party, has withdrawn as co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, reports Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post.

Texas has passed a bill that will fund community colleges to partner with school districts for dropout recovery strategies, reports Erika Flores of Valley Central.com.

The head of McDonald's in the U.K. said her company was providing better academic opportunities to their employees than they ever got from schools, reports Jonathan Prynn and Anna Davis of the London Evening Standard.

Juvenile Justice

The Department of Justice announced that three new states – Nevada, Michigan and Wyoming – are in substantial compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, a key part of the Adam Walsh Act.

Houston faith-based organizations are getting involved with delinquency prevention in an effort to stem what some fear will be a spike in crime following serious budget cuts in Texas and Harris County, reports Satara Williams of The Champions Sun.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley needs to scrap plans for a large juvenile facility for youths transferred into the adult system, says the Baltimore Sun editorial board. The column comes on the heels of a study that projects far fewer transferred juveniles in the city than was predicted four years ago.