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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "driver":

"… y Latino truants. Some were also ordered to write essays, pay fines or had driver’s licenses suspended. The same year, more populous Alameda County locke …"

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 "Mexico":

"… t his daughter to a distant alternative school, he sent the 14-year-old to Mexico just to get her in a classroom for a few months during a year-long expulsi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Long Beach":

"… students to supplement school police or security, including in Sacramento, Long Beach and the Kern Union High School District, a Central Valley district with a …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheriff":

"… down,” twice, and then firing fatal shots seconds later. Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas issued a statement that said as the “father of two boys ab …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… for relatively minor offenses, are getting zero education. Last July, the Center for Public Integrity and KQED radio in California reported that many of the hundreds of discipl …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d schools can lead to more arrests of kids for minor indiscretions, as the Center for Public Integrity reported earlier this year. The more than 13,680 juvenile arrests in Oakl …"

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 "Arvin High School":

"… sn’t room for him. Her letter, asking that her son be allowed back into Arvin High School, says the family will face a “perhaps impossible burden” to try to get …"

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.

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 "Sheriff":

"… shing match at his school. The mother of one child called 911, Cortez said.Sheriff’s deputies declined to get involved, Cortez said. School police officers …"

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

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 "California":

"… th community organizers since the Center for Public Integrity and Southern California Public Radio reported this spring that Los Angeles Unified School Dis …"

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

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

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ore harm than good, according to a new report on three especially troubled California districts.  The report released Thursday by University of California …"

"… California districts.  The report released Thursday by University of California scholars and Human Impact Partners is an exhaustive profile of students in …"

"… South Los Angeles, Oakland and the agribusiness hub of Salinas in Central California. All these communities have high levels of family poverty, high rates of s …"

"… cies have on equity and health in communities.The report was funded by the California Endowment. The Center for Public Integrity also receives some support from …"

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.

Donor profile: Jerry Perenchio

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Totals include contributions from individuals, family members and …"

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 "California":

"… making attempts to send more students to counseling before expelling.” …"

"… a hearing at the Golden State’s Capitol in Sacramento on April 11. California’s Legislature is considering a number of proposals aimed at reducing stu …"

"… of alternatives to removing students.Attorney Tim McKinley of Kern County, California, represented students whose experiences were recounted in the Center’s r …"

"… t Kern’s schools expelled students at a rate four times greater than the California average and more than seven times the national average. Kern’s scho …"

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.

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 "East Bakersfield High School":

"… dents were expelled from the school, compared to 8 percent of all students.East Bakersfield High School is about 81 percent Latino. The school, along with Bakersfield High, belon …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Warren Olney":

"… accusations in court.  Santa Monica-based KCRW public radio host Warren Olney also took an interest in the daytime curfew along with KQED, which is base …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southern California":

"… he Miramonte immigration dilemma is also on the Multi-American blog of the Southern California public radio station KPCC.  The Multi-American reports that the Los A …"

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 "Los Angeles Police Department":

"… e getting through when, last April, and then in October, the chiefs of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s police issued respective g …"

"… oduced the proposals. Bernard Parks, a council member who was chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, also backs the proposed changes.“Truancy rates are directly correlated …"

"… el Criollo, an organizer with the Labor Community Strategy Center, praised Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman fo …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… ast year for having a firearm at school? What about Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where raw numbers fed into a state database had 6,594 kids suspe …"

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

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 …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "East Bakersfield High School":

"… 8 percent of enrollment but about 15 percent of expelled pupils. In 2006, East Bakersfield High School reported expelling 30 out of 115, or 26 percent, of its African American s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Convention":

"… for the party committees formed to handle the convention expenses like the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), those committees must submit line items detailing each e …"

"… rd to blend the numbers from the host committee with the DNCC numbers.2000 Democratic National Convention Committee disbursements:Starting with the DNCC data for the 2000 Democrati …"

"… 76.Lucy McCoy, president, $87,500.Reed & Davidson, legal, $81,302.2004 Democratic National Convention Committee disbursements (Oct. 2002-March 31, 2004)The analysis of the DNCC …"