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Child Welfare

The supply of foster homes in Arizona is decreasing as the demand for them is increasing, reports Michelle Reese of the East Valley Tribune. In the past few years the state had seen about 10,000 children in foster homes or with relatives; the number has crept up to 10,707.


Elizabeth Dunbar of Minneapolis Public Radio reports on Minneapolis Public Schools’ efforts to use recruiting volunteers to get dropouts back into school.

The Education Departments new effort to regulate state authorization of online for-profit colleges might actually make things worse, argues attorney Scott Levy, writing on the website HigherEdWatch.

As the new school year begins, one Boys & Girls Club in Fresno County, Calif. is dealing with a serious overcrowding issue, reports Brian Wilkinson of the Sierra Starr. Average daily attendance at the Oakhurst club is up from 60 last year to 100 this year.

A nice piece here from Alicia Doyle of the Ventura County Star on the passing of Ronnie Hewett, a longtime Boys & Girls Clubs executive who worked on every level (local, regional and national) for the organization.

Juvenile Justice

The demise of former juvenile judge Mark Ciavarella – of the Luzerne County, Penn. Juvenile court scandal - began when a local developer walked into his office with a stunning offer, reports Terrie Morgan-Besecker of the Times-Leader.

Following the assault of one juvenile inmate by another in a medium security Oklahoma facility, David Harper of the Tulsa World reports that the U.S. Justice Department is moving to extend its authority over the state agency.