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Study: Candidates, Media Ignore Kids' Issues

April 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

Children are being ignored in the 2012 presidential debates, according to a national report released late last week.

The Iowa-based Child and Family Policy Center found that the candidates and media discussed children's issues less than 2 percent of the time over 20 debates just 17 debate questions of more than 1,000.

"They're not talking about children," said Roy Miller, head of the Florida Childrens Campaign, of the candidates. "And that includes their own children. I mean, we gave them credit if they even mentioned they had kids of their own."

Senate Looks at Juvenile Justice Probe of Psychiatric Medication Use

October 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

The Department of Juvenile Justice has run afoul of a key senator over the use of psychotropic drugs on youth in its lockup facilities, and the question of whether the agency takes concerns about the issue seriously enough.

Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, scolded agency officials earlier this week after they responded to questions about DJJ's policies on medicating children without mentioning the agency's internal investigation into the practice.

Department of Economic Opportunity Leadership Named

September 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

Agency for Workforce Innovation director Cynthia Lorenzo will be chief operating officer at the new Department of Economic Opportunity, the new agency's executive director Doug Darling announced Monday.

Lorenzo has been in charge at AWI --which will be part of the new department as the Division of Workforce Services --since 2009.

The agency announced Monday that it will have four divisions.

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