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Child Welfare

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s idea to fold a respected foster youth education program into the general education fund will jeopardize a 30-year program, reports Andrea Poe of the Washington Times.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle, writing in the Journal Sentinel, condemns past fraud on the part of some city child care providers but objects to the broadsword solution to that problem.

Education/Jobs

If Romney’s models for improving student access are Full Sail and the University of Phoenix, writes the editorial board of the Boston Globe, education is likely to sail into an unchartered future, with too many students drowning in debt.

The students of Maryland Heights, Mo., are early to rise and have trouble getting to bed in time for a good night’s sleep, reports Joe Scott for Patch.

A New Jersey legislative committee passed a bill on the full legislature that would raise the school dropout age to 18, reports Diane D’Amico of Press of Atlantic City.

Bloomberg reports the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement System is suing Citigroup and Discover Financial Services over alleged misstatements about losses from Student Loan Corp., which was sold by Citigroup to Discover.

North Carolina doesn’t consider after-school programs to be schools or child care centers, so sex offenders are allowed to live near them, reports Will Tapper of WECT.

Juvenile Justice

Dana Farrington of NPR talks with photographer and professor Richard Ross, who traveled the country documenting the conditions of juvenile facilities and the lives of the young men in them.

A Michigan judge ruled yesterday that a man convicted to life without parole 33 years ago, when he was a juvenile, will have a chance at freedom, reports Rex Hall of MLive.com.