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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Brown":

"… fare and their future is in school.” Last April, before Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the anti-jailing bill, local TV filmed a similar Kern sweep&nb …"

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Litigation follows Center pieces highlighting harsh discipline for minorities.

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 "director":

"… cent reduction in expulsions at last count, according to Michael Thompson, director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which produced the rep …"

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 "trustee":

"… it's up to parents to get kids to campuses. But Kern High School District trustees, under increasing pressure to address the situation, have now asked distr …"

"… by bilingual representatives from the Dolores Huerta Foundation. The trustees, Dolores Huerta Foundation organizer Ericka Brooks told the Center, infor …"

"… the proper paperwork and submit it to request a “closed session” with trustees to discuss possible solutions confidentially. Kern High School District …"

"… ividual cases. But in response to Ramirez’s daughter’s story, the trustee said he believed she likely had a “checkered” record that earned her 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 "Counsel":

"… school discipline policies. A Los Angeles public-interest law firm, Public Counsel, is sponsoring many of California’s eight pending bills, and says that f …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Counsel":

"… ura Faer, an attorney with the Los Angeles-based pro bono law group Public Counsel, helped organize witnesses to testify on April 11 before the California As …"

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

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 "lawyer":

"… pulled out of classes, and they were not permitted to contact parents or a lawyer or told that they had a right to leave the room, the ACLU said. Davis scho …"

Kern County's student smoking problem

By Susan Ferriss

Kern tied for state lead in expelling student smokers

California school discipline numbers need scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

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

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

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 "Minnesota":

"… ed in a growing number of school districts across the country. In 1994 the Minnesota Department of Education was the first to embrace restorative justice. At l …"

"… shed by the department in 2001, and another this year at the University of Minnesota — found that these practices increased both the safety and academic perf …"

"… country. Nancy Riestenberg has coordinated restorative justice efforts in Minnesota public schools since 1994, which gives her a long-term perspective on the …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… community at large. These days such disagreements are hardly unusual. In California’s southern Central Valley, Kern County is at the leading edge of a conte …"

"… to research by associates of the Civil Rights Project of the University of California at Los Angeles. Punishment of minority students is rising especially rapi …"

"… g more specific infractions that could lead to suspensions and expulsions. California lawmakers, for example, approved a law in 2008 barring students from using …"

"… ry and on military bases. Kern’s biggest city, Bakersfield, is home to a California state university campus and a robust country music scene founded by “Oki …"

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

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 "Pamela Freeman":

"… think that we can always educate and hold accountable the student,” says Pamela Freeman, associate dean of students at Indiana University. IU officials defended s …"

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 "Don Gehring":

"… f the process. “People will think we’re running star chambers,” says Don Gehring, founder of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, referring …"