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Child Welfare

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services fired a supervisor involved with a high-profile case in which a five-year-old was found dead after being sent by the agency to live with her father, reports Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) still wants to continue privatizing child welfare services, but admitted that the efforts to do so thus far have been subpar, reports Grant Schulte of the Associated Press.


Matt Sledge of the Huffington Post reports on the philanthropic ventures of Susie Buffett, daughter of billionaire Warren Buffet. Susie has focused her efforts on early childhood education and gang intervention, largely due to her friendship with a young man from the other side of her home city of Omaha, Neb.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), an ardent critic of the for-profit schools sector, applauded the schools that adopted a voluntary code of conduct this week, reports Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed.

Juvenile Justice

A local union in Illinois is pressing legislators to oppose the closure of seven juvenile facilities in the state, which would force the layoff of nearly 2,000 state employees, reports Amber Ruch of KFVS-12.

Los Angeles County is issuing pink slips to 160 juvenile workers this year, but plans to hire 594 more over the next four years, reports Christina Villacorte of the Daily Breeze.