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Child Welfare

If any college needs a reminder on why risk management is valuable: Penn State says it has already spent $3.2 million on lawyers, consultants and crisis communications.

The fraud being investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may be even more extensive than the current $18 million estimation, reports Monique Garcia of the Chicago Tribune.


The early youth-related coverage of President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal focused on the community college worker-training initiative he first teased in his State of the Union address:

-Ida Lieszkovsky of StateImpact, a division of NPR, breaks down what’s known about the initiative, based on the comments today from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

-Kimberly Hefling of the Associated Press reports on early Republican opposition to the plan, and gives a nice explanation of the skill gap between potential employees and the needs of employers.

-John Lauerman of Bloomberg Businessweek reports that for-profit colleges want in on the worker-training initiative.

Joanne Jacobs of U.S. News & World Report explores the potential of open-source textbooks, which some in the Obama administration believe will be crucial for efficiency at community colleges in the near future.

Juvenile Justice

Youth-on-youth assaults have tripled in juvenile justice facilities since Texas undertook juvenile reforms five years ago, reports Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune.

Susan Ferriss, reporting in The Cutting Edge, looks at California’s looming decision about the future of its state-run juvenile justice system.