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.

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 …"

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 "Senate":

"… te her requests.One of the bills in California, which has passed the state Senate, requires schools with high rates of suspension for certain student groups …"

"… e Sen. Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, the Democratic leader of the state Senate. One of Steinberg’s co-authors is state Sen. Michael Rubio of Shaft …"

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 "Tim McKinley":

"… terventions could have kept them on track and corrected their behavior,” Tim McKinley, a former FBI agent-turned-lawyer in Bakersfield, Calif., said Wednesday d …"

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 "Tim McKinley":

"… paving the way for more use of alternatives to removing students.Attorney Tim McKinley of Kern County, California, represented students whose experiences were re …"

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 "Arnie Duncan":

"… ldren on a path to trouble with the law.On March 6, Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan unveiled the new Civil Rights Data Collection, which represents statistics …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… state data shows that schools there expel more kids than anywhere else in California.Some high schools in Kern expelled well over 100 students each in 2010-11, …"

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "New England Center for Investigative Reporting":

"… t-of-school suspensions and expulsions during the 2009-2010 school year, a New England Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of Massachusetts school discipline reports found. That's about on …"

"… rend in school dropout rates may mean even bigger issues in the future.The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston Universit …"

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 "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… nt with law enforcement.   Across the country in California, the American Civil Liberties Union, representing students, took action last year when a high school in the ci …"

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 "Kern County":

"… an investigation into extraordinarily high rates of student expulsions in Kern County in the Golden State’s Central Valley. We wanted to compare which of 34 s …"

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 "Tim McKinley":

"… ixth-grade boy will be transferred to another school in his district, said Tim McKinley, the student’s pro bono lawyer. For the past two months, while the case …"

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 "Texas":

"… o be expelled or suspended than their white peers for similar offenses. In Texas, the Council of State Governments reported that African-American students …"

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 "Seneca Center":

"… s back.Shawn Taylor is the youth transitional services coordinator for the Seneca Center, which works with kids in court-ordered schools to help them get their liv …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Almond Tree Middle School":

"… s placement of a full-time therapist and a case manager last year at the Almond Tree Middle School in Kern County town of Delano, The Bakersfield Californian reported that e …"

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 "Council of State Governments":

"… nd 12th grade years, according to a landmark study released Tuesday by the Council of State Governments.The analysis, which tracked all Texas students entering 7th grade between …"

"… affect their school disciplinary rates,” the report’s authors say.The Council of State Governments is a 75-year-old nonpartisan organization that provides research on polici …"

"… l.Mike Thompson, director of the Bethesda, Md.-based Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, said the study, which took more than two years to complete, is “groundb …"

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 "Worcester":

"… s bathroom on campus, Melandy feared running into him on the paths of the Worcester, Mass. college, at parties, and at the dining hall where he worked. The si …"

Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy

By Kristen Lombardi

Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy

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

"… ations of 10 years worth of complaints filed against institutions with the U.S. Education Department under Title IX and the Clery Act — two laws requiring schools to respond …"