Top Headlines for 2/22

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Child Welfare

More upheaval in the Nebraska privatization experiment, reports JoAnne Young of the Lincoln Journal Star, as lead child welfare agency KVC bows out of case management services. The state will either have to move those services back into the state purview, or create a massive lead agency by shifting KVC’s workload to another contractor, Nebraska Families Collaborative.

Jeremy Olson of the Star Tribune reports on an audit that found Minnesota's child welfare system needs stronger guidance to ensure that vulnerable children are treated consistently from one county to another.


Eugene Kiely of writes on USA Today’s website that presidential candidate Rick Santorum used a highly exaggerated figure when discussing the high school dropout rate.

In Connecticut, reports the Westerly Sun, a sailing foundation and the famous Mystic Aquarium have created two eight-week after-school programs focused on marine biology.

In a year when California cut $415 million from the community college budget, the Los Angeles Times reports that the schools face an additional $149 million shortfall from declining student revenue and declining property tax revenues.

Advocacy groups told lawmakers at a hearing this week that  California’s recently formed Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has significant weaknesses in its oversight of for-profit colleges, Erica Perez of The Telescope reports.

In Wausau, Wis., local officials involved in AmeriCorps grants do not expect cuts to the inspector general’s office to impact monitoring at the local level, reports John DesRivieres of WSAW.

Juvenile Justice

The New York Daily News likes the governor’s plans for the state juvenile justice system.