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 …"

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  …"

New California data show drop in overall school suspensions, expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

In nation's richest farmland, some workers' kids get no education at all

By Susan Ferriss

Disciplined teens get no education for months because they can't do commute.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… hey return to regular schools after a stint in the alternative facilities. …"

"… o education. Last July, the Center for Public Integrity and KQED radio in California reported that many of the hundreds of disciplined kids who are ousted from …"

"… county’s various school districts at a rate higher than anywhere else in California. During both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, Kern expelled more …"

"… orted to state officials — and other transfers due to truancy problems. California not only requires that parents ensure children under 18 be in school, it a …"

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.

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

"… at year, compared to 12 percent of all males. The figures were part of the U.S. Department of Education’s national Civil Rights Database, which was released last March. It is a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ted criminal gangs at the bureau, was testifying before the state Assembly Education Committee. Speaking in favor of a proposal to reform zero-tolerance polici …"

"… ter for Public Integrity report last December.On Wednesday, members of the Education Committee passed several bills designed to push school counseling as an al …"

"… before two panels that upheld his expulsion until the Kern County Board of Education cancelled it, accepting McKinley’s argument that his offense did not con …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Ammiano":

"… ling students for most offenses. The bill — authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco — refers to “positive behavior support” and “rest …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… es only makes behavior and achievement problems worse,” the proposal’s author, California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat of Sacr …"

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

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… rible. It changed my life.”With no due process rights to a hearing under Massachusetts law, Vivas was expelled from school after only a brief interview with the …"

"… ut a special needs designation, Vivas would have been out of options since Massachusetts does not require school districts to provide alternative education for sus …"

"… says, “But we can't push students out of school for minor offenses.”In Massachusetts, more than 190,000 school days were lost to out-of-school suspensions and …"

"… school year, a New England Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of Massachusetts school discipline reports found. That's about one school day for every fiv …"

Coast to coast, questions over student interrogations

By Susan Ferriss

A Virginia dad wants alert from schools when discipline starts, and in California ACLU objects to police interrogating student journalists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… y process.   Grieving his expelled son’s suicide last year, a  Virginia dad is hoping his state will enact a law requiring schools to immediately …"

"… listic reports they had produced on graffiti  there. Steven Stuban of Virginia’s Fairfax County links his son Nick’s suicide last year to an emotiona …"

"… n of a “zero tolerance” policy.  This month, working with Stuban, Virginia legislators introduced four versions of proposals requiring that school of …"

"… sion or expulsion or a court filing.  A bill with that aim passed the Virginia House last year, but failed in the Senate after school officials objected …"

Kern County's student smoking problem

By Susan Ferriss

Kern tied for state lead in expelling student smokers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… xpulsions, suspensions and other juvenile-justice related info. …"

California school discipline numbers need scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

California discipline data a great resource, but a detailed look finds errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ers that California’s schools must submit to the state’s Department of Education after the close of each academic year. The department adds up the raw numb …"

"… of school and why.    In fairness, the California Department of Education posts a disclaimer on its website, warning that the department’s staff r …"

Expulsion overturned for boy at heart of Center probe

By Susan Ferriss

County board of education decides boy at heart of Center probe should not be kicked out of school

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… school has not offered him psychological counseling or assessment.   …"

"… Kern’s schools expelled in excess of 2,500 students, more than any other California county, including Los Angeles, which has nine times the enrollment of Kern …"

"… g Kern’s expulsions were 105 for obscenity, more than one in four of all California’s expulsions for that reason.“You have laws, but you have to have comm …"

Across San Francisco region, expulsion rates and attitudes toward punishment vary widely

By San Francisco Public Press

Calif. school districts are often independent, punishment and expulsion rates very widely

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… pline, as borne out by statistics compiled by the California Department of Education.The disparities among schoolchildren in low-income and minority communitie …"

San Francisco lets students own up to misdeeds rather than face expulsion

By Jeremy Adam Smith

How one big-city district cut suspensions and expulsions — and why they may rise again

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restorative justice":

"… ulture that has already embraced Restorative justice in law enforcement.“Restorative justice recognizes the crime hurts everyone — victim, offender and community — …"

"… we harmed, once we have a chance to see how our actions made them feel.”Restorative justice is also implemented directly in classrooms, in the form of “circles” i …"

"… e said, Restorative justice at least tries to do that.Expensive propositionRestorative justice is not without enemies in San Francisco. Its deadliest foe is funding. Ove …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

Kern County, California at ground zero in debate over school discipline

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles County":

"… of authority than for drug dealing or possession of dangerous objects. In Los Angeles County, which has nine times the number of students as Kern, only 89 students wer …"

Study finds stunning rates of discipline among Texas students

By Susan Ferriss

A new study says nearly 60 percent of Texas school students were suspended or expelled at least once between 7th and 12th grade

Excerpts from this story referencing "Justice":

"… ommitted outside school.Mike Thompson, director of the Bethesda, Md.-based Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, said the study, which took mor …"

A lack of consequences for sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

Students found “responsible” for sexual assault face modest penalties, while victims are traumatized

Excerpts from this story referencing "Expulsion":

"… rocess works; it ended in what Freeman calls “a very strong sanction.” Expulsion at many schools, including IU, seems anathema. For instance, IU officials …"

"… ol rather than have to face their alleged attackers, even accidentally. “Expulsion should be a given under Title IX,” Rosenfeld adds. She, like many critic …"

An uncommon outcome at Holy Cross

By Kristin Jones

Expulsion rarely results from college disciplinary actions in sexual assault cases, making the Holy Cross case a notable exception.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Expulsion":

"… s mother says, by the knowledge that college officials did not believe him.Expulsion rarely results from college disciplinary actions in sexual assault cases, …"

Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy

By Kristen Lombardi

Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgetown University":

"… ts and any sanctions. In March 2003, he filed a separate complaint against Georgetown University, which had been using gag orders in its proceedings. Like UVA, the Georget …"