Top Headlines 5/21

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Education

Florida students didn’t do well on a standardized writing test, so state education officials lowered the passing score on the exam, The Washington Post reports.


Child Welfare

In Oklahoma, a federal agency says the state releases too much information about child neglect and death cases, and the federal agency is causing concern among national advocacy groups wanting more openness in child welfare systems, Tulsa World reports.  

California faces deep cuts to the child care system, which experts say would deny children of the working poor access to the kinds of programs that will prepare them for school, MercuryNews.com reports.

A new study finds that diabetes is on the rise among teenagers, the New York Times reports. 


Juvenile Justice

In North Carolina, lawmakers proposed raising the juvenile court age, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

In Las Vegas, the handcuffing of an 8-year-old boy prompts a change in school policy, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.