Top Headlines 5/23

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Child Welfare

More than 200 new child welfare workers were to be sworn in today in Michigan, part of the state’s response to the federal lawsuit to reform the system.  The state agreed to hire the new workers as part of the settlement of the lawsuit, reports Shawn D. Lewis of the Detroit News. The new hires bring the number of new child welfare workers added under the settlement to more than 700, though some advocates worry if they are being deployed in the most advantageous manner.

The Washington Post’s editorial board weighs in on the seemingly constant state of turmoil in the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency, after the current director announces he is leaving.


The San Antonio News’ editorial board accuses state legislators of abandoning plans to increase the number of students going to college and the number who complete college successfully by cutting state budget allocations, especially for community colleges. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office is investigating whether Gwinnett County (Ga.) discriminated against African-American and Hispanic students in the redrawing of school attendance districts, reports Nancy Badertscher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Juvenile Justice

The Palm Beach Post’s Michael Laforgia presents a two-part series on antipsychotic drugs being given to incarcerated juveniles.  The two-part series concludes today with an article about how the physicians hired to evaluate the juveniles have received payments from the makers of the drugs. Youth Today first reported on the widespread use of such drugs on juveniles in October.