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Classrooms are changing in 43 states due to standards developed by the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, reports.

After legislation passed in Louisiana, the state's top education leader, Superintendent of Education John White, now has more power and regulatory authority, reports.

About the Department of Education, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised he would “either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller,” The Daily Caller reports.

Child Welfare

Nebraska is turning back to a more traditional child welfare system after top state officials admitted that the three-year privatization effort has wasted millions of dollars and failed to significantly reduce the number of children taken from their homes, WSLS 10 reports.

Missouri may cut the foster care budget and eliminate dozens of child protection jobs, stltoday reports.

Juvenile Justice

In Maryland, state reports reveal violent trends at juvenile facilities, The Baltimore Sun reports.

In Texas, a report shows that at the state's largest youth lock-up a small group of youths are purchasing control of weaker youths using drugs, cigarettes and money, The Texas Tribune reports.