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 "Senate":

"… In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, a Republican Tennessee state Senate leader — Sen. Mark Norris — spoke out in favor of the report’s recom …"

"… ol suspensions rarely accomplish anything.”  As chair of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Whitmire said he tells his colleagues in the l …"

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 "California":

"… m school discipline gets underway, the country’s most populous state — California — has released new data showing a significant one-year drop in suspensio …"

"… s and expulsions of schoolchildren. However, Latino and black students in California continue to be affected disproportionately by discipline that removes them …"

"… ories about San Francisco and rural Kern County. The new data released by California’s Department of Education show that total student expulsions in the Gold …"

"… e time.  Black students represent about 6 percent of all students in California, but accounted for 16 percent of suspensions. Latino students are about 53 …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern High School District":

"… ; we're not alone there ... Otis Jennings, who oversees discipline for the Kern High School District, says the study has caught the district's attention, and district high sch …"

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

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

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

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bakersfield City Elementary School":

"… last year — have decimated staff at 42 primary and middle schools in the Bakersfield City Elementary School district, Barnes said. That leaves only three schools with a single counse …"

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 "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