Top Headlines 7/20

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Child Welfare

The Juvenile Welfare Board in Pinellas County, Fla., will end a 30-year-old mentoring program in September because of budget cuts, reports C. Ryan Barber of the St. Petersburg Times.

Had to include this on an arrested child welfare official, from Mike Donoghue of the Burlington Free Press, because of the headline: Vermont State Supervisor Charged with Throwing Brick at Rooster.


Many, many stories were written about the Council of State Governments’ study of school discipline in Texas, which found that between 2000 and 2002, 60 percent of students were either suspended or expelled. Instead of linking to any, here is a Google search that will list most of the stories.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports on a study that challenges the premises of two potential GOP presidential candidates (Tim Pawlenty and Rick Perry), who both have extolled the virtues and potential of online learning.

The subsidy that allows college students to wait until graduation to start paying off loans may be on the table in budget negotiations this year, reports Shannon Rasberry of the Student Loans Blog.

Juvenile Justice

An 11-year-old boy accused of killing his 6-year-old brother will be tried in juvenile court, reports Carrie Ritchie of the Indianapolis Star.

A government watchdog from Luzerne County, Penn., who is credited for sniffing out the county’s juvenile court scandal before the feds, has passed away, reports Erin Moody of the Standard Speaker.