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Child Welfare

Former Florida child welfare director George Sheldon will become the acting head of the Administration for Children and Families for the Obama administration, reports Ana Valdes of the Palm Beach Post.

Government officials and child welfare advocates in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia say that ordinary citizens reporting what they believe to be abuse or neglect is the only way the region will address its struggle with child fatalities, reports Prue Salasky of Virginia's Daily Press. Sixteen children in the region have died at the hands of a caretaker, Salasky writes.


Massachusetts has brought the University of Phoenix into its investigation of for-profit colleges, reports Todd Wallack of the Boston Globe. The probe already includes Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and Kaplan Career Institute.

The Georgia Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a law related to charter schools has left the fate of thousands of students in flux, reports the Associated Press.

Juvenile Justice

Jannette Pippin of North Carolina’s reports that  Newport, N.C.’s police chief thinks juvenile crime will emerge as a problem for his county if budget cuts keep school resource officers out of Newport Middle School.

Tom Meyer of Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s WKYC reports on schools and juvenile sex offenders, with most of the story angled at the desire of parents that schools notify them about offenders who attend their child’s school.