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Child Welfare

Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin is pushing legislation aimed at protecting foster children from identity theft, reports David Klepper of the Associated Press.

The State of Louisiana seems fired up to defend its new law preventing sex offenders who have targeted children from using social sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which the local ACLU is challenging as too broad, reports Mike Hasten of the News Star.

Education/Jobs

Despite a spring and summer of gloomy news about teens and summer jobs, reports KGO Radio in Chicago, an outplacement firm has estimated a 13 percent bump in summer jobs for teens from 2010.

In going after for-profit schools, opines Frederick Hess on the blog of American Enterprise Institute, President Obama is attacking the schools that can fulfill the higher education goals he has set for his administration.

Juvenile Justice

Robert Faturechi and Andrew Blankstein of the LA Times report on counties and cities that are already trying to police the emerging “flash mob” conundrum without trampling on freedom of speech.

Karen de Sa of the San Jose Mercury News reports on efforts by the Santa Clara board president to reduce the county’s use of juvenile hall for younger juvenile offenders (ages 11 to 15).

Great story here by Ryan Schill of Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on the scared straight program in Mecklenburg County, N.C., which will be featured on an upcoming reality series for A&E.

A&E is irresponsible for running a second season of its scared straight series, writes Georgia juvenile justice leader Joe Vignati, in an op-ed for JJIE.