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Child Welfare

Fears of an uptick in child abuse tied to an economic downturn have not been realized, reports the Associated Press, examining a report released today. In fact, abuse and neglect figures declined slightly between 2008 and 2010.

A report on Pennsylvania’s child welfare  system shows improvement in the area of in-home services to strengthen families and help children remain safely at home.

Education/Jobs

Rosemary Winters of the Salt Lake Tribune looks at a Utah charter school started to serve the Granite School District’s refugee and immigrant population.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, intends to probe executive pay at for-profit colleges, reports Melissa Korn of the Wall Street Journal.

Juvenile Justice

A state audit found that the state's youth corrections facilities aren't sufficiently ensuring the safety of juvenile offenders, reports Tim Hoover of the Denver Post.

NBC Washington reports on a law proposed by two Montgomery County, Md. lawmakers aimed at cracking down on flash mobs.