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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… national debate over childhood inequities sharpens, recent developments in California highlight struggles over practices critics say deprive some kids of qualit …"

"… t over “lost learning time” was filed in May on behalf of kids at nine California schools, including two in Alameda County, as the Center for Public Integri …"

"… w groups. Policy makers and businesses in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in California also argue for more action to close an “achievement gap” and boost acc …"

"… L.A. district that assigns kids to these periods. North of Los Angeles, in California’s farming and oil-drilling Central Valley, another lawsuit filed this mo …"

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 "media reports":

"… eral databases. The suit notes that the district — under scrutiny after media reports — did cut its expulsions from 2,040 in 2011 to 256 students in 2013. But …"

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Police killing of boy, 13, with pellet gun spotlights foiled attempts to regulate replicas

By Susan Ferriss

Andy Lopez, 13, was shot dead by deputies in California who came upon him walking with a pellet gun shaped like an AK-47.

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.

Black Oakland youth arrested, but not charged, in stunning numbers, report says

By Susan Ferriss

Report questions 'disproportionate' targeting by Oakland police

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

"… ed to voluntary federal oversight almost a year ago after officials at the U.S. Department of Education began investigating spiraling numbers of suspensions of black students. Fo …"

Parents, advocacy groups push back against independent study at home

By Susan Ferriss

Center piece on 'throwaway kids' spurs search for alternatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… oved from regular school last year on a disciplinary charge in Lost Hills, Kern County, in California’s Central Valley. Erick’s mother was forced to put him …"

"… h the Center, referring questions to Steve Sanders, chief of staff for the Kern County superintendent of schools.  “We agree that Erick is missing out by …"

Throwaway kids: disciplined California teens struggle to school themselves

By Susan Ferriss

Strict district policies, distance from alternatives leave some disciplined teens no option but to school themselves.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… leave them farther and farther behind. California’s state Department of Education doesn’t track tens of thousands of alternative school students after — …"

"… to the next grade. James Bartleson, president of the Kern County Board of Education, was surprised to hear that more than 320 students from 6th to 8th grade w …"

"… o return them to regular school. The report urged the state Department of Education to start collecting data on independent study students, but five years lat …"

"… ggles There’s little doubt among administrators at the Kelly F. Blanton Education Center in Bakersfield that the county campuses and their learning approach …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Zoe Rawson":

"… e Center earlier this year, are still under review, Strategy Center lawyer Zoe Rawson and police said.The national picture U.S. schools have only recently been …"

Feds will oversee Oakland's efforts to curb suspensions

By Susan Ferriss

Oakland school board allows federal officials to monitor efforts to reduce the high suspension rates for African-American students

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

"… n school when they are very young, argues the Urban Strategies Council. …"

Los Angeles school police chief rethinking discipline policy

By Susan Ferriss

Police chief wants less ticketing for young kids, more out-of-court solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ents getting suspended, expelled and sent to court. The U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division, which investigates allegations of disproportion …"

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

'Restorative justice' techniques are helping young people overcome violent impulses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… who graduate. According to a 2006 study by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization, 75 percent of America’s st …"

L.A. school police, district agree to rethink court citations of students

By Susan Ferriss

L.A.'s school police and district react to reports of thousands of tickets issued to Latino and black middle-school students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ment in school life. After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Los Angeles district agreed last year to …"

Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Calif. state senator wants 'roundtable' on school expulsions

Kern County schools expel more students than those in any other county in California. Federal data shows high rate for blacks, Latinos.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… icant time in the classroom.” …"

"… he Center for Public Integrity,” Rubio, who wrote, “most expulsions in Kern County were actually discretionary to school district officials, such as for defi …"

"… ero tolerance’ rule should never be tolerated, but when relatively small Kern County is expelling more kids than huge Los Angeles County, our expulsion process …"

"… nbsp;“These alarming expulsion trends can be found at several schools in Kern County,” Rubio said, “so we must address this crisis head-on.”As part of a …"

Donor profile: Jerry Perenchio

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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 County":

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

"… and physically struck her.    The Bakersfield Californian, Kern County’s biggest newspaper, published an editorial on March 21 calling the Cent …"

Rick Santorum hopes to sweeten campaign pot with Jelly Belly visit

By Aaron Mehta and Michael Beckel

Rick Santorum's cash-strapped campaign seeks boost from maker of Ronald Reagan's favorite confection.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner, as well as $1,000 to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. …"

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 "Kern County":

"… s education committee. …"

"… findings of the Center’s investigation last December, which showed that Kern County, an oil and farm region in the Central Valley, is California’s expulsion …"

"… nic breakdowns, and confirm some parents’ concerns.They show that in the Kern County city of Bakersfield, black students at Bakersfield High School were 15 per …"

"… ents each annually.High-level concern The state and federal statistics for Kern County mirror discipline patterns nationwide that worry a growing number of educa …"

Public radio and iWatch News report on daytime curfew in Los Angeles

By Susan Ferriss

Public Integrity and California Report collaborate on reports about Los Angeles daytime curfew controversy

Los Angeles to vote Feb. 22 on ending $250 truancy fines

By Susan Ferriss

Complaints lead to police limits on student ticketing, counseling for first offenses

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

Los Angeles moves haltingly toward ending fines for truancy

By Susan Ferriss

Cops, judges, politicians taking a new look at fines and handcuffs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Zoe Rawson":

"… e culture we live in. It is being treated as a potential offender,” said Zoe Rawson, a lawyer who represents ticketed students in Los Angeles who, data show, …"

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

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 "Kern High School District":

"… reed with some expulsions approved by boards governing Bakersfield and the Kern High School District.   “Most of the time they just rubber stamp these, both the ci …"

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

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… f the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. For the boy’s local school board in Kern County, the punishment fits the crime. It upheld a panel’s initial approval of …"

"… sagreements are hardly unusual. In California’s southern Central Valley, Kern County is at the leading edge of a contentious debate over where to draw the line …"

"… ly in deciding how tough to be in their interpretation of behavior codes. Kern County schools exemplify this trend, with expulsions doubling in a decade. A foc …"

"… this trend, with expulsions doubling in a decade. A focus on discipline Kern County has a rugged but colorful history. The 2007 movie There Will Be Blood was …"

Spending spree: Where does the convention money go?

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — An accounting of the exact costs of national presidential nominating conventions cannot be made until after the