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Child Welfare

The New Jersey Assembly may pass a bill that adds a third possible finding for child welfare caseworkers, reports Susan Livio of In addition to finding abuse allegations of abuse to be “substantiated” or “unfounded,” workers could find allegations “not substantiated” if there is not enough evidence to support but a child is placed at substantial risk of harm.

Florida is taking up a child welfare reform bill that its Department of Children and Families says is “100 percent in response to the problems” from a tragic case in which an adopted child we killed, reports Ana Valdes of the Palm Beach Post.


Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is pushing area tech firms and websites to hire more teens this summer, reports Michael Farrell of the Boston Globe.

Civic Enterprises CEO John Bridgeland writes in the Huffington Post in support of raising the dropout age, based on research his organization worked on nearly a decade ago.

Also from the Huffington Post: Chris Kirkham reports that CEOs and former CEOs at for-profit college corporations bring home much more than the presidents of some of the most prestigious public and private universities in America, despite questionable outcomes for students.

Alan Collinge, writing on the website of Forbes, says the media has done nothing to answer the really tough questions about student loan defaults.

Juvenile Justice

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a “Close to Home” initiative aimed at keeping New York City juveniles near the city during incarceration, reports Amanda Verrette of the Legislative Gazette.

A Portland, Ore. juvenile judge decided not to detain an 11-year-old boy who threatened someone with a handgun, reports Rob Manning of Oregon Public Broadcasting.