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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern":

"… nts. As the Center for Public Integrity recently reported, the lawsuit in Kern was filed on behalf of Latino and black students who were removed from reg …"

"… ” study with only one half day a week of actual time with a teacher. The Kern High School District, which is named in the suit filed Oct. 9, has decline …"

"… strict, which is named in the suit filed Oct. 9, has declined to comment. Kern officials have told the Center in the past that they are taking steps to s …"

"… e use of alternative discipline rather than removal of kids. The L.A. and Kern lawsuits are pending. But California schools are also facing changes appro …"

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 "California":

"… den State’s Central Valley, had the highest rate of student expulsion in California, not just on a per capita basis, but actually numerically higher than popu …"

"… adoption of alternative discipline and student transfer practices include California Rural Legal Assistance, or CRLA, a nonprofit that has represented Kern kid …"

"… d. The suit was filed against the 35,000-pupil Kern High School District, California’s second largest high school district. Its student body is 62 percent La …"

"… Kern County Office of Education, which runs alternative campuses; and the California Department of Education. Lisa Krch, the district’s public information a …"

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.

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 "assistant superintendent":

"… gh the school governance system. Mike Zulfa, the high school district’s assistant superintendent of instruction, told the Center in an email that the district “hopes to …"

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.

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.

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

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sacramento County":

"… s offline, probably to correct inconsistences, we were told. …"

"… to have suspended 689 kids for guns, based on the raw numbers filed. Yes, Sacramento County also has some problems with youth violence. But a reality check was in ord …"

"… s district last year, and eight expulsions specifically for guns in all of Sacramento County. Alameda County’s inflated data wasn’t corrected in the second spreads …"

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

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… e even tougher track records.In 2010, according to the council’s report, California schools ordered out-of-school suspensions or expulsions from neighborhood …"

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 "Dean":

"… at panel members handed down “sanction recommendations only,” and that Dean McKaig had the final say. “Should the Dean decide that the recommendatio …"

"… mmendations only,” and that Dean McKaig had the final say. “Should the Dean decide that the recommendation of his judicial officers is inappropriate f …"

"… commendation of his judicial officers is inappropriate for any reason, the Dean will make the final decision,” stated IU’s response to the department. …"

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 "Chicago":

"… January 2005, Carrie Ressler, then a junior at Concordia University, near Chicago, reported being raped by a football player after attending a party in his …"