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 "Education":

"… kids in school disputes; the nonprofit Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF; the nonprofit Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc …"

"… o names as defendants the district’s trustees; the Kern County Office of Education, which runs alternative campuses; and the California Department of Educati …"

"… ucation, which runs alternative campuses; and the California Department of Education. Lisa Krch, the district’s public information and communications manage …"

"… on “implicit biases of students of color.” The U.S. Department of Education has urged schools to examine discipline policies and the impact on ch …"

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 "Oakland":

"… always assume you are doing something” wrong. …"

"… ear period between 2008 and 2012, black children represented 29 percent of Oakland’s school-age population but 78 percent of the more than 13,680 juveniles …"

"… also showed, the report said, that 72 percent of calls from schools to the Oakland Unified School District’s own police force were requests to respond to a …"

"… f or parent volunteers?” That question may have particular resonance in Oakland, where the city police force has lost a quarter of its force since 2008 du …"

Parents, advocacy groups push back against independent study at home

By Susan Ferriss

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

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 "Kern High School District":

"… 012 school year — despite a 40 percent drop from the year before — the Kern High School District alone expelled 1,096 students. That’s more than expulsions of all studen …"

"… to comment on Juan’s case or its policies, and referred questions to the Kern High School District. Martinez wept, recounting in Spanish how she originally thought the purp …"

"… and were worried it would cost too much money. In a written response, the Kern High School District didn’t address questions about Juan. But assistant superintendent of in …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

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 "Oakland":

"… nced Friday that it has reached a major agreement with school officials in Oakland, Calif. that allows federal monitoring of the district’s efforts to curb …"

"… ure they keep learning.”A May report by the Urban Strategies Council, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s recor …"

"… uncil, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s record of suspensions. Researchers found that African American boys we …"

"… . Researchers found that African American boys were only 17 percent of the Oakland Unified School District’s population but 42 percent of all suspensions. …"

Los Angeles school police chief rethinking discipline policy

By Susan Ferriss

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

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 "California":

"… 69 percent of jail inmates in America do not have high school diplomas. In California, youth recidivism — the rate at which youths return to prison — runs a …"

"… ole Middle School in Oakland and currently a program manager with the California Endowment — a foundation which has invested heavily in restorative …"

"… ;— a foundation which has invested heavily in restorative programs in 14 California cities, as part of its 10-year, $1 billion initiative, “Building Healthy …"

"… he district’s worst schools.Ninety percent of the youth in the state-run California Youth Outreach’s job training programs who have been involved in gang cu …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department":

"… lysis recently of previously unreleased citation records obtained from the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department, the nation’s largest school police force. The Center found that between …"

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 "Arizona":

"… . Perenchio served as John McCain’s national finance co-chair during the Arizona Republican's 2008 presidential campaign, and he gives more generously to R …"

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.

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 "chairman of the board":

"… ot return a request for comment on its political donations.Jelly Belly’s chairman of the board and owner of the privately held corporation, Herman Rowland, is a frequent …"

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 "Education":

"… of all expulsions. The statistics were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection by the schools themselves.The data also s …"

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

"… s serving about 85 percent of all American students.The U.S. Department of Education’s analysis of numbers showed that while African Americans were 18 percen …"

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

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… pline, as borne out by statistics compiled by the California Department of Education.The disparities among schoolchildren in low-income and minority communitie …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

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

"… nce on the board of the largest of the county’s 48 school districts, the Kern High School District, and they haven’t shrunk from approving expulsions of students charged w …"

"… mes the national average for 2006, the most recent year available. In the Kern High School District, 11 high schools reported expelling more than 100 students each last year. …"

"… down in a discriminatory manner. According to raw numbers supplied by the Kern High School District, students identified as Latino, who are today 55 percent of district enrol …"

"… izing. Bryan Batey, a parent and president of the board of trustees of the Kern High School District — where most of the expulsions occur — defends his district’s decisi …"

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

Elk Hills: Private or public?

By Josey Ballenger, Nathaniel Heller and Knut Royce

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2000 — The political decision to sell the Elk Hills oil reserve was made from high in the Clinton administration nea

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton":

"… tical decision to sell the Elk Hills oil reserve was made from high in the Clinton administration nearly three years before the bids were due on Oct. 1, 1997 …"

"… osophically didn’t want the government operating an oil field. President Clinton and Vice President Gore were reinventing government, bringing in the priva …"

"… cow, her deputy, William H. White, announced at a news conference – with Clinton and Gore at his side – that Elk Hills would be privatized. After mention …"

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