Top Headlines for 10/31

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Child Welfare

A Hawaii program aimed at helping drug-dependent parents avoid losing custody of their children will end in November, and another program that helps parents who have already lost custody will be drastically reduced, reports Lee Imada of the Maui News. The cuts are part of a larger downsizing of the state’s Department of Human Services.

Hamilton County [Cincinnati], Ohio’s child welfare system is in financial tatters, reports Sharon Coolidge of Cincinnati.com. The county is asking voters to renew a children’s services levy next week, which would bring in $39.1 million next year.

Nate Robson of New York The Citizen reports on two counties that are shifting services for at-risk youth from Medicaid to a managed care program centered on decisions by primary care physicians.

Education/Jobs

As they pursue waivers to the No Child Left Behind Act, dozens of states might forgo after-school tutoring programs mandated by NCLB, reports the Associated Press. Results on the requirement to provide tutors for kids in failing schools are mixed.

Ron Paul’s idea to eliminate the federal student loan program is a bad solution to a real problem, writes D.J. Pangburn of Death and Taxes Magazine.

Juvenile Justice

The Florida Senate will consider applying the same accountability measures that were introduced in public K-12 schools over the last decade to the state's juvenile justice facilities, reports Lilly Rockwell of the News Service of Florida.

Miscellaneous

A popular statewide after-school program in New Jersey will come to a close on Monday, reports Jessica Driscoll of the Gloucester County Times. Gov. Chris Christie lined it out of the 2012 budget in July.

Tom McLaughlin from Northwest Florida Daily News reports a strange one here: The board of directors of a Boys & Girls Club foundation is suing the club it was created to support, but none of the board members say that they were the person who filed the lawsuit.