Top Headlines 6/17

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Child Welfare

Connecticut child welfare boss Joette Katz, in an interview with Jacqueline Rabe of the CT Mirror, said she will not let the death of a child under agency supervision lead to a foster care panic.

An independent panel has until the end of September to devise a plan for reform of the state’s child welfare system in response to the Barahona case, reports Ana Valdes of the Palm Beach Post. Child welfare director David Wilkins intends to use the panel’s plan to push legislators for more funding in 2012.

Illinois has found a taker for the foster care cases relinquished this month by Catholic Charities of Rockford, reports Andrew Harmon of Advocate.com. Catholic Charities ended its foster care and adoption services after the state law permitting civil unions went into effect.

Education/Jobs

Former Wisconsin resident Sandra McAnany, writing in the LaCrosse Tribune, criticizes the state’s Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board for curtailing a popular home-grown youth employment program for a national organization looking to expand.

Robert Shireman, a former leader at Obama’s Department of Education told the Huffington Post’s Chris Kirkham that the administration “absolutely” caved on its regulations of for-profit and career colleges.

Juvenile Justice

Yann Ranaivo of Amarillo.com out of Texas gives a nice inside-out view  of the state’s new law that would allow teachers to access the juvenile records of their students.

The Texas law is on the desk of Gov. Rick Perry (R), reports Megan Ryan of the Houston Chronicle, and the governor is reviewing the measure and has not decided for or against signing it.