Maryland, California taking action to improve dropout rates

By Susan Ferriss

Lawmakers, education officials in some states say it's time to embrace alternatives to removing students from classrooms as punishment.

Public radio talks to L.A. school police chief about court citations that have fallen heavily on young students

By Susan Ferriss

L.A.'s school police chief said his department didn't have the ability to analyze the ages, ethnicity, grade level of students ticketed.

Los Angeles school police chief rethinking discipline policy

By Susan Ferriss

Police chief wants less ticketing for young kids, more out-of-court solutions.

Child sex abuse: A North Dakota agent shines compared to Penn State negligence

By Susan Ferriss

While a report condemns Penn State leaders in the Jerry Sandusky case, a North Dakota agent shows how to do right by kids.

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

'Restorative justice' techniques are helping young people overcome violent impulses

California bucks trend by rejecting new limits on 'solitary'

By Susan Ferriss

California bucks trend; politics or money to blame?

Facts American adults can learn from undocumented kids

By Susan Ferriss

With young illegal immigrants an election-year football, politicians often leave out why there's no 'right way' to attempt to immigrate.

Supreme Court: Children shouldn't get life with no parole possibility

By Susan Ferriss

A Supreme Court decision means thousands will be eligible to get hearings for new sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Youth rehabilitation centers in Florida under scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Florida public defenders ask for juveniles to be removed from privately run rehabilitation center.

Obama decision eases undocumented kids' turmoil

By Susan Ferriss

Thousands of 16- to 30-year-olds could benefit from relief that will let them work legally, and stop fearing deportation.

L.A. school police, district agree to rethink court citations of students

By Susan Ferriss

L.A.'s school police and district react to reports of thousands of tickets issued to Latino and black middle-school students.

NYPD school police citations draw criticism

By Susan Ferriss

In New York City, the NYPD is under fire for the rate at which officers issue citations.

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

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Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Susan Ferriss is a prize-winning former foreign correspondent who has been investigating treatment of children by the U.S.... More about Susan Ferriss