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President Barack Obama will speak to students in Virginia about higher education, the Associated Press reports.

A CNN blog posts highlights the education websites awarded Webbys, which are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet including Websites, interactive advertising and online film and video.

Alabama immigration law caused a spike in Hispanic student absences, CNN reports.

Child Welfare

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services submitted a child welfare plan to improve service to prospective foster parents, raise pay for child welfare staff and find permanent homes for abused and neglected children faster, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking applications from people interested in serving on a new state commission on child welfare, reports.

Oklahoma revises child welfare plan to eliminate the use of shelters for children younger than 6 by the end of 2012 instead of June 2013, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports.

In Illinois child abuse deaths are down according to a recently released analysis, reports.

Juvenile Justice

Julio Cesar Castro, 16, will face trial in adult court over the shooting death of a 17-year-old in January, reports.