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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Litigation follows Center pieces highlighting harsh discipline for minorities.

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 "juvenile court judge":

"… s aimed at supporting the state’s neediest students. Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 million to school police there …"

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

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 "Lawyer":

"… tions for kids kicked out of regular school are not just a rural problem. Lawyer Zoe Rawson of the Labor-Community Strategy Center, which provides court ai …"

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 "Ricardo Lara":

"… n High School expelled 56 students. At the state Capitol, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, southeast of Los Angeles, said he’s alarm …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… blic Integrity data editor David Donald contributed to this report. …"

"… ing led to federal civil-rights scrutiny and promises that policies at the Los Angeles Unified School District would be reviewed, and likely changed.In 2011, chi …"

"… ssault,” said Jorge Cortez, the principal at Judith Baca Arts Academy, a Los Angeles Unified elementary school.Cortez told the Center that a mom’s complaint …"

"… to the six- and seven-year-old boys. The citations were referred to the Los Angeles County Probation Department.Knowledge of right and wrong?L.A. Unified Scho …"

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.

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.

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.

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… hat Kern County, California — whose schools were the subject of a recent Center for Public Integrity story — has exceptionally high rates of suspension and expulsions for mi …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… monetary fines in favor of mandatory counseling. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "driver":

"… ccumulating penalties of thousands of dollars and not being allowed to get driver’s licenses.  From now on, the court’s ultimate penalty, …"

"… sp;court’s ultimate penalty, Nash said, will be blocking or suspending a driver’s license but not collecting money.Cardenas said his proposal to end fin …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ghing because I told them I was going to get a lawyer,” Amezcua told the Center for Public Integrity.Kimbrough said he couldn’t discuss the complaint because it is confident …"

"… vice instead.“I’m not interested in collecting money,” Nash told the Center for Public Integrity. Fines, he said, have proved “onerous. At the end of the day, it’s not …"

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 "Education":

"… ers that California’s schools must submit to the state’s Department of Education after the close of each academic year. The department adds up the raw numb …"

"… of school and why.    In fairness, the California Department of Education posts a disclaimer on its website, warning that the department’s staff r …"

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

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ons, according to data reported by schools to the California Department of Education. Because of its no-nonsense approach, Kern ended up with an expulsion rat …"

"… students, according to data the school submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national survey for its Office for Civil Rights. Numbers asi …"

"… es other than race. A separate report released in October by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, highlighted evidence …"

"… ty Juvenile Court. He testified in 2010 before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor that more than 90 percent of referrals from schools to courts in …"

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