Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Public radio, Center report on L.A. school court citations' controversy

By Susan Ferriss

Public radio, the Center report on L.A. school police ticketing that federal education officials are now scrutinizing.

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

Calif. state senator wants 'roundtable' on school expulsions

Kern County schools expel more students than those in any other county in California. Federal data shows high rate for blacks, Latinos.

Education Department issues guidelines for restraining, isolating disruptive students

By Susan Ferriss

Education Department guidelines follow disputes over standards for students

Los Angeles students protest school police citations that hit blacks, Latinos

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles schools have the largest school police force in the nation, with officers issuing thosands of tickets every year to students.

LA school police chief voices reasons for ticketing young kids, radio station reports

By Susan Ferriss

As concerns over student-police relations rise nationally, data shows 40 percent of LA school police citations go to kids 14 and under.

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

By Susan Ferriss

UPDATED: Schools' police chief responds to new citations data.

Public radio's 'To the Point' spotlights Stand Your Ground laws

By iWatch News

Discussion on 'To the Point' features gun-rights and gun-control advocates, attorneys' views and details on NRA donations and strategy.

California moves closer to reforming school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

California lawmakers want to stem tide of suspensions, expulsions; lawyer featured in Center story testifies about boy's case

Kern expulsions figure into California debate on proposed legislation

By Susan Ferriss

Report on Kern County's student expulsion patterns informs debate on reform proposals before California legislators.

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Children's Defense Fund report on kids' gun deaths, new gun laws

By Susan Ferriss

Children's Defense Fund says more kids killed by gunfire than military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

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Racial profiling blamed for black teen's shooting in Florida

By Susan Ferriss

Details are emerging about a man who followed a black teen walking from a store, confronted him and shot him dead

A judge, a teenage killer and a mother who forgives

By Maggie Mulvihill

Lawyers argue judges should stop teen killers from receiving harshest sentences — life in jail, without parole

Supreme Court to review life without parole for juveniles

By Susan Ferriss

Cases involve 14-year-olds with life without parole for killings; in one case, unarmed boy didn't shoot victim, but law required sentence

New federal discipline data has more bad news for Kern County schools

By Susan Ferriss

New federal stats show harsh punishment for African-American students

Attack at girls' prison in Georgia raises questions about guards

By Susan Ferriss

An assault at a girls' prison latest problem in a troubled system in Georgia; victim's mother charged money to get reports on investigation

New federal statistics reveal harsh discipline for minority students

By Susan Ferriss

New federal statistics reveal blacks, Latinos students face harsher punishments than whites

Florida student's deportation threat a window into kids' difficult lives

By Susan Ferriss

No easy path to a green card for kids who've grown up without papers, as Florida student's case shows

L.A. kids' daytime curfew story on NPR's 'Morning Edition'

By Susan Ferriss

Truancy is a problem among some students, and cities grapple over sending police out, issuing fines and prosecuting parents

Teen suspect in Ohio school shooting had violence in his early life

By Susan Ferriss

Court records show teen suspect's father was arrested many times for crimes

New York: Police data shows excessive student arrests — especially for minorities, rights groups say

By Susan Ferriss

NY's chief judge wants to stop trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for non-violent accusations

Los Angeles ends big fines, limits police enforcement of truancy law

By Susan Ferriss

In a nationally watched move, Los Angeles decides to limit police involvement in daytime curfew stops and drop $250 fines

Public radio and iWatch News report on daytime curfew in Los Angeles

By Susan Ferriss

Public Integrity and California Report collaborate on reports about Los Angeles daytime curfew controversy

Chicago: Charter schools collect almost $400,000 in discipline "fees"

By Susan Ferriss

Charter schools lauded by Mayor Emanuel face parent unrest for collecting $5 fines that have added up to almost $400,000 since 2009

Florida alleged teen hate crime: Try them as adults?

By Susan Ferriss

Public is often quick to want teens tried as adults, but research shows minors in adult system more likely to reoffend once free

Los Angeles to vote Feb. 22 on ending $250 truancy fines

By Susan Ferriss

Complaints lead to police limits on student ticketing, counseling for first offenses


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