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Child Welfare

Las Vegas Sun’s Joe Schoenmann reports on the legacy of Tom Morton, a veteran consultant who became head of the Clark County child welfare system in 2006 and will step down on August 19. Morton will be remembered for bringing the system closer to national standards, but not for being an effective leader of workers.

Education/Jobs

Tamar Lewin of the New York Times reports on the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice and four states on Monday against Education Management Corp., one of the nation’s largest for-profit college operators. The suit claims that the company has received $11 billion it was not eligible in state and federal financial aid in the past eight years.

Meanwhile, reports Alan Scher Zagier of the Associated Press, for-profits are starting to respond to the increased scrutiny with more up-front recruiting.

Supporters of the DREAM Act showed up at Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) campaign headquarters in Utah to try and persuade him to support the legislation, reports David Montero of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Hatch did not meet with the students.

After a high school in Missouri banned Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” Vonnegut’s memorial library is offering free copies to any students who were originally assigned to read the book, reports Everett Rosenfeld of Time.

In Georgia’s Cherokee County, reports Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Republican party has made support for or opposition to charter schools a litmus test for party loyalty.

Juvenile Justice

We need more youth on the street, not less, blogs researcher Mike Males, in a column challenging the ever-popular curfew law.

Local news sources covering the Luzerne County, Pa., juvenile court scandal want to see letters sent to the court regarding the sentencing of disgraced juvenile judge Mark Ciavarella, reports Dave Janoski of the Citizens Voice.