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Child Welfare

Funding for therapeutic foster parents in Arkansas will be cut in half as of July 1, reports Stephanie Simoni of KATV.com.

State monitors in Connecticut gave new child welfare leader Joette Katz a vote of confidence, but also said the system still has significant challenges ahead, reports Josh Kovner of The Hartford Courant.

Education/Jobs

A 2006 amendment to Nevada’s constitution, which mandated the state minimum wage be higher than the federal one, is hammering the prospects for young job-seekers, opines the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

New York advocates say that a city agency tasked with providing financial help to young people is steering them toward job training over pursuance of their GED, reports the Associated Press.

Could employment problems for young Americans prompt the type of demonstrations going on in the Middle East and Europe? We shouldn’t wait to find out, writes Don Tapscott in a column for the Huffington Post.

Wal-Mart is giving $25 million to support youth jobs, school nutrition and learning programs this summer, reports Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Post.  The money will finance eight million meals, 5,000 jobs and 20,000 trainings for youth around the country, the company said.

Anna Lekas Miller of The Nation reviews “Default: The Student Loan Documentary,” which puts a human face on the student debt crisis by following the stories of certain borrowers.

Juvenile Justice

South Carolina prisons director and former juvenile justice head Bill Byars, suffered a mild stroke this week, reports Seanna Adcox of the Associated Press. Gov. Nikki Haley said she expects Byars to return to work eventually.