Salmonella lurks from farm to fork

Salmonella infections are on the rise, sickening more than a million Americans a year

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Florida":

"… ding to an analysis of CDC data by the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.But gaps in government oversight – including meaningful testing and enfo …"

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Governors Association":

"… l." Bill Gates, prep school grad and college dropout, had come before the National Governors Association seeking converts to his plan to do something about it — a plan that …"

Tennessee GOP leader drafts bill to ensure accused truants get attorneys

By Susan Ferriss

A Tennessee state legislator is concerned that accused truants can be prosecuted without having counsel to aid them in court

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… uperintendent James McIntyre to comment on the complaint. The district’s spokeswoman, Melissa Ogden, said McIntyre preferred not to comment until a new “Equi …"

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Fight Back: www.girlsfightback.com …"

"… students who have filed Title IX complaints with OCR. Resources The Center for Public Integrity’s series on Sexual Assault on Campus: www.publicintegrity.org/inves …"

California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, Latino students

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… f kids at nine California schools, including two in Alameda County, as the Center for Public Integrity reported. Kids at Jefferson in L.A. joined the suit in early October. Stu …"

"… able school treatment heavily affecting black and Latino students. As the Center for Public Integrity recently reported, the lawsuit in Kern was filed on behalf of Latino and b …"

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Litigation follows Center pieces highlighting harsh discipline for minorities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… ntinues to be undermined,” the suit alleges. …"

"… ternative settings. The Center for Public Integrity in 2011 reported that Kern County, in the Golden State’s Central Valley, had the highest rate of student e …"

"… lous Los Angeles County. In 2013, the Center and KQED radio reported that Kern County kids, among them Hispanic children of farmworkers, were removed from regul …"

"… ccording to the suit, and fall behind academically. The suit was filed in Kern County Superior Court in the Kern city of Bakersfield, which is north of Los Ange …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "MRAP":

"… trict acquired an 18-ton Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, called a MRAP, through the DOD’s 1033 program to transfer surplus supplies to civilian …"

"… orcement. In June, the Los Angeles Unified School District also received a MRAP, which was designed to protect U.S. troops under attack in Iraq. Over tim …"

"… school police policies. L.A. school police chief Steve Zimmerman said the MRAP was obtained as a way to transport school children in the event of a large …"

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… cipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax document filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the foundation described its Florida State University funding for 2012 as …"

"… million in assets, according to its most recent tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service.  In his 2007 memo to colleagues, Benson acknowledged the school’s …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ple, teachers using EDvantage can find economics videos explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency is bad for the environment, how sweatshops are good for third-world worker …"

Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

By Wade Millward and Carmen Forman

The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… o wear empty holsters to promote campus carry — from Washington state to Michigan to Florida. It operates with little funding, relying instead on volunteers …"

L.A. schools program aims to keep kids out of courts

By Susan Ferriss

Effort aims to keep police involvement in minor school infractions to a minimum in L.A. schools.

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… s and help reduce the number of violent assaults.” …"

"… afting the legislation for months, collecting information by hosting three Senate hearings for students and advocates, as well as conducting a survey of nea …"

"… the August summer recess, she will file a House version of the newly filed Senate bill. (Update, August 1, 2014 at 1:23pm: Maloney's office announced on Ju …"

"… orcement.” Two additional lawmakers — Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in the Senate, and Susan Davis, D-San Diego, in the House — also introduced their own …"

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… n juvenile justice reform attempts at the federal level. Cardenas told the Center for Public Integrity it was “a little old-school” to use the new state fund to support scho …"

"… cipline matters,” Nash wrote. Nash’s letter was made available to the Center for Public Integrity.   Nash presides over one of the biggest juvenile courts in the coun …"

"… es in the wake of the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn.  As the Center for Public Integrity reported, Nash has been involved in efforts in Los Angeles to rein in the …"

Labor Department issues warning about Hopkins doctor's findings on black lung claims

The U.S. Department of Labor warned its officials to view with skepticism any X-ray readings by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC News":

"… inquiry is ongoing. …"

"… er the story was published. On Monday, in a development first reported by ABC News, the Labor Department issued a bulletin instructing district directors in …"

"… sume Wheeler’s findings in black lung cases are suspect. “The CPI and ABC News reports, and Johns Hopkins’ investigation and suspension of its black lu …"

States urged to embrace alternatives to school discipline criminalizing kids

By Susan Ferriss

The Council of State Governments warns that harsh school dicipline disproportionately harms ethnic minority, disabled and LBGT students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California Endowment":

"… report. The council’s report was prepared in part with funding from the California Endowment, Atlantic Philanthopies and the Open Society Foundations, which also  …"

Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much 'work experience' or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss

A lawsuit filed on behalf of kids in poor California schools demands state monitor and intervene practices depriving kids of teaching time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… Tom Torlakson — who is named as a defendant — and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst issued a statement Thursday saying that they hadn …"

Singularity University disavows super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

University disavows super PACs formed in its name by a school official.

Tech super PAC startups could tap billions

By Dave Levinthal

A for-profit university co-founded by noted futurist Ray Kurzweil is mulling whether to spend big on political campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… on. Randi Willis, an official at Singularity University, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that leaders at her institution will later this year begin determining how …"

"… 40,000 to these three super PACs combined since early 2012, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal campaign finance records. Michael Beckel contributed to …"

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… es respond to the problem — the focus of a landmark investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. At an afternoon ceremony attended by students, victims’ advocates, and …"

Center's report on troubled teens wins prestigious Tobenkin Award

'Throwaway Kids' honored with Columbia Journalism School award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Mexico-City based Latin America correspondent for Cox Newspapers.  …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… influence what we do,” university spokesman Michael Sandler said. “Our president [Angel Cabrera] has made clear that if any donor ever threatened our acade …"

"… climate of our student body,” said Jaywin Singh Malhi, student body vice president at Southern Methodist University. Billy Cerullo, Student Government Assoc …"

"… thern Methodist University. Billy Cerullo, Student Government Association president at Suffolk University in Boston, says the $44,700 donation his school rece …"

"… r amount should be published on an easily accessible list.” Nick Mahon, president of the University of Arizona Young Democrats, says he’s not concerned wi …"

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Justice":

"… ing such students to law enforcement, alleges the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. Feder …"

Holder, Duncan stunned by discipline figures

By Susan Ferriss

Holder, Duncan express shock at suspensions of thousands of preschoolers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… hat deserve to be addressed. …"

"… dings of the latest Civil Rights Data Collection by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The survey showed that nearly 5,000 preschool …"

"… ome learning plans, as the Center also reported from California. The Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine LLamon, sai …"

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… arners and foster care children.” …"

"… and black students. The new education money was raised by a tax increase California voters approved in November 2012. Proposition 30, as the measure was dubbe …"

"… Center has reported. The brief notes that during the last academic year, California schools, statewide, had one counselor for every 808 students, one of the w …"

Harsh school discipline gets more scrutiny in Congress

By Susan Ferriss

Researchers and educators urge schools to embrace alternatives to kicking kids out on suspension.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… g. “It can work,” he said, “If it’s implemented with fidelity.” …"

"… ke at a Congressional briefing Thursday sponsored by the Black Caucus Education and Labor Task Force. Losen is the director of UCLA’s Center for Civil …"

"… at relatively high rates. In January, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education unveiled their own joint effort to promote alternative discipline ideas to …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Tepper":

"… ngton Post story that named billionaire New Jersey hedge fund manager David Tepper, a major Mitt Romney supporter, among StudentsFirst’s funders. The artic …"

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… his former Harvard Law School classmates and a prolific fundraiser for the president, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. The White House's …"

"… istics and skills a good ambassador should possess. For generations, U.S. presidents have rewarded loyalists with posh diplomatic positions. But during his se …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… r they’ve been arrested, sent to court or incarcerated. In January, the Education Department and Justice Department published guidelines for effective schoo …"

New California data show drop in overall school suspensions, expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

New California data reveal 12 percent drop in suspensions, expulsions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… rural Kern County. The new data released by California’s Department of Education show that total student expulsions in the Golden State in the 2012-2013 ac …"

"… ts that students’ civil rights must be respected; both the Department of Education and Justice have fielded complaints about disproportionate punishment mete …"

"… mitted back into their home high school. California’s Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlakson, credited the statewide decline in suspensions and expulsio …"

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… who carries a massive debt burden after attending a school owned by DeVry Education Group, one of the biggest for-profit Education companies, according to a g …"

"… Vry students defaulted in their first two years of repayment, according to Education Department data. That’s well above the national average of 14.7 per …"

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