Top Headlines for 12/20

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Child Welfare

Federal officials are planning a summit in South Dakota to discuss the removal of Native American children into foster care homes of Non-Native American families, reports the Associated Press. The summit is doubtlessly the result of  a three-part  National Public Radio series on the issue, which found that half of the state’s foster children are Native American even though they make up only 15 percent of the state’s child population. The state has harshly criticized the NPR reports.

Kentucky legislators berated the state’s top child-welfare officials Monday for failing to accurately report child-abuse fatalities, reports Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Reports Beth Musgrave of Kentucky.com: The chair Senate Health and Welfare Committee called for the resignation of Janie Miller, the state’s child welfare director.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board supports L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ idea to enroll most aging-out foster youth in the state food-stamp program.

In the wake of the Penn State child abuse scandal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order Monday requiring all University of Wisconsin System employees to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect, reports the Associated Press.

Education/Jobs

A national organization, and West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, are selling dropout prevention as a way to increase the tax base in the Mountain State, reports W.V. MetroNews.

Career Education Corp., one of the largest and arguably most troubled for-profit colleges, is facing a new lawsuit over its job placement figures, reports Alyssa Battistoni of Campus Progress.

Juvenile Justice

A $17.75 million settlement with the developer involved in the Luzerne County (Pa.) juvenile court scandal will pay out between $500 and $5,000 to juveniles, reports Terrie Morgan-Besecker of the Times Leader. The settlement with Robert Mericle will also pay $5.3 million to the attorneys who represented the youths.