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Child Welfare

A county judge has placed Illinois’ termination of Catholic Charities’ foster care and adoption contracts on hold until an August hearing on the matter, reports Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

A Los Angeles County social worker is accusing his superiors of routinely housing children in agency offices, reports Garret Therolf of the L.A. Times. This is a scenario that happened in Baltimore during the height of that city’s problems with child welfare services.

Slowly, reports Jacqueline Rabe of, Connecticut is starting to place more of children who are removed from their homes with relatives.


A U.S. District judge in Washington has struck down the Education Department's rule requiring colleges be "authorized" to operate in any state where they had even one student. But she upheld other new departmental rules, Doug Lederman of Inside Higher Education reports..

The leader of a new nonprofit aimed at educating youth on policy issues believes that unemployment rates will cause young voters to reconsider supporting Obama in 2012, reports Stephanie Samuel of the Christian Post.

Katy Reckdahl of profiles a nonprofit in New Orleans that has had success getting dropouts from the post-Katrina city back to the classroom.

In American Enterprise Institute blogger Andrew Kelly’s piece yesterday on the for-profit college debate in Washington, Kelly spots an interesting discrepancy between a speech by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the quotes from it in a press release on

Juvenile Justice

Alex Cameron of Newson6 in Oklahoma reports succinctly here on the differences between the state’s adult sex offender registry and the one it has for juveniles.


An attempt by New Jersey Democrats to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of funding for the state after-school program failed, reports Jason Method of Asbury Park Press.