Top Headlines 6/23

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Child Welfare

Mary Kuhlman of Public News Service in Ohio reports on outrage by state child advocates over a provision slipped into a potential bill that would force some foster children to notify school leaders and juvenile court officials if they were being treated for emotional or behavioral issues.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has chosen an educator to lead the state’s Department of Children, Youth & Families, reports Caitlin Camara of


Harry Graver of the Frum Forums says the feds ought to address the looming teen unemployment crisis by lowering the minimum wage for teens.

The teen job crisis is about as bad as it gets right now, researchers tell John Wisely and Christina Hall of USA Today.

Leah Clapman of PBS NewsHour speaks with students from so-called dropout factories to explore why students quit schools.

Juvenile Justice

Clark County may end its contract with a nonprofit that operates five group homes for juvenile sex offenders, reports Joe Schoenmann of the Las Vegas Sun. The debate is over whether county commissioners are okay with the location of the group homes remaining secret.

J.L. Miller of Delaware Online reports on a law passed by the Delaware House that would allow juveniles who commit minor crimes to have their records expunged if they stay out of the system.  

David Lieb of the Associated Press reports on the case of a Missouri teen whose statement to the police about a homicide she may have committed will be blocked. A juvenile officer, who should have looked out for the rights of the defendant, used deceptive tactics to elicit a confession from her.