Top Headlines for 2/16

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Child Welfare

Philip Browning, without ever applying for the gig, was tapped to lead the L.A. County child welfare agency, reports Frank Stoltze of KPCC. He inherits a system that now will have most of its court proceedings open to the public.

Christopher Osher of the Denver Post reports on Gov. John Hickenloooper’s unveiling of new child welfare reform initiatives.

Education/Jobs

Los Angeles may end its renowned Beyond the Bell Youth Services, an after-school programs that serves 42,000 students in the city, reports Nora Fleming of Education Week. The city’s school board is trying to combat a $543 million deficit.

Juvenile Justice

A long-planned overhaul of Georgia’s juvenile justice code got its first official nod of approval Wednesday, reports Jim Walls of Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Now they just need to figure out how to pay for it.