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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… ed up 13 minors for truancy; Orange County locked up truants 41 times; and San Diego locked up 41, some for up to four days. In April, a video a student in Ke …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… just on a per capita basis, but actually numerically higher than populous Los Angeles County. In 2013, the Center and KQED radio reported that Kern County kids …"

"… n County Superior Court in the Kern city of Bakersfield, which is north of Los Angeles in an area of oil drilling and some of the world’s most productive agrib …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… denas, D-San Fernando Valley, joined protests against a draft plan to fund Los Angeles school police using a special new California fund dedicated to improving t …"

"… ow to spend billions aimed at supporting the state’s neediest students. Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 mil …"

"… ll learning English as a second language.  In a June 6 letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge …"

"… age.  In a June 6 letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash said this particular po …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "teacher":

"… selors, "and far more than double what it budgeted for health services and teacher assistants.” The other organization that produced the brief is the Blac …"

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 "teacher":

"… ependent study at home with only once-a-week minimum mandatory visits with teachers. Independent study may be the only option for students who live miles aw …"

"… trouble and failing at school. Even getting the kids to those once-a-week teacher meetings requires some parents to skip work and lose wages. Now it turns …"

"… mply with the requirement to get her son to school one day a week to see a teacher 40 miles away. An Arvin vineyard worker, more senior than other workers, s …"

"… ry week during last spring semester to drive his son to his meeting with a teacher 20 miles away. Kern officials told the Center that more than 2,730 high s …"

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 "Ricardo Lara":

"… sal to tighten up the enrollment of students in alternative schools. Sen. Ricardo Lara, Democrat of Bell Gardens, near Los Angeles, said his bill, SB 744, will a …"

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 "New York":

"… ontact with students, tickets them at higher rates than police assigned to New York City’s schools. With about 1 million students, New York’s system is th …"

"… lice assigned to New York City’s schools. With about 1 million students, New York’s system is the only U.S. school district bigger than L.A. Unified, whic …"

"… han 700,000 students.The American Civil Liberties Union — which is suing New York police for alleged excessive force in schools — regularly obtains and re …"

"… ns and arrests.During the 2011-2012 academic year, the ACLU recently said, New York police issued 1,666 citations to students. By comparison, L.A. Unified sch …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "program manager":

"… rative justice instructor at Cole Middle School in Oakland and currently a program manager with the California Endowment — a foundation which has investe …"

"… er model” for how restorative justice is practiced, said Sandra Davis, a program manager at California Endowment. Yet without a standardized metric for measur …"

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":

"… ’ own decisions to issue citations. …"

"… ome, mostly minority neighborhoods.The Center for Public Integrity and the Los Angeles-based Labor-Community Strategy Center each performed their own analysis re …"

"… lysis recently of previously unreleased citation records obtained from the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department, the nation’s largest school p …"

"… hool police force. The Center found that between 2009 and the end of 2011, Los Angeles school police officers issued more than 33,500 tickets to students 18 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ke up significant time in the classroom.” …"

"… that are removed.  In a May 7 opinion piece in the local Bakersfield Californian newspaper, California State Sen. Michael Rubio called for “an expulsion …"

"… p;In a May 7 opinion piece in the local Bakersfield Californian newspaper, California State Sen. Michael Rubio called for “an expulsion roundtable” to be he …"

"… blic Integrity report published last December that included an analysis of California state discipline data for the 2010-2011 school year.“According to the Ce …"

Donor profile: Jerry Perenchio

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Venezuela":

"… 85 for $485 million. Perenchio took that money in 1992 and teamed up with Venezuela’s Venevision and Mexico’s Televisa to buy several Spanish language sta …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… re than $100,000 to federal political causes, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That includes a $10,000 donation to Club for Growth Action, a pro-free ma …"

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, California":

"… s education committee. …"

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 "KQED Public Radio":

"… eling. …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ils, mandatory counseling or community service.Nash recently told the Center for Public Integrity he didn’t think the fines were effective because many students didn’t …"

"… d, in some cases, treated in an allegedly rough manner by officers, as the Center for Public Integrity reported recently.  Last year, both the chiefs of the Los Angeles Pol …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… adlines, and now the sordid story of alleged lewd and bizarre conduct by a Los Angeles teacher includes another sensitive dimension: immigration status.A number …"

"… d many parents are immigrants, some legal residents, some not.   Los Angeles’ La Opinion, one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language newspapers, …"

"… ornia public radio station KPCC.  The Multi-American reports that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has attempted to put word out through media …"

"… eacher, Martin Bernard Springer, has reportedly recanted, according to the Los Angeles Times.   …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… t in California. …"

"… who presides over one of America’s biggest juvenile courts, which is in Los Angeles County. Others include an anti-truancy leader in the county’s Distr …"

"… the county’s District Attorney’s office, the chief of school police in Los Angeles, a Los Angeles city police representative, a public defender and several c …"

"… District Attorney’s office, the chief of school police in Los Angeles, a Los Angeles city police representative, a public defender and several civil rights gro …"

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 "Department of Education":

"… into raw numbers 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 …"

"… ing booted out 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

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 "North Carolina":

"… r the discretionary decision-making authority of local school officials.In North Carolina, 32 percent of black students received out-of-school suspensions for the f …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… e system — is a critical, and achievable, goal,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. The administration has more aggressive approaches as well. The Departmen …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… f FEC documents detailing DNCC disbursements during the 2000 convention in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles 2000 host committee’s spending and DNCC disbursements f …"

"… etailing DNCC disbursements during the 2000 convention in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles 2000 host committee’s spending and DNCC disbursements for the 2004 conve …"

"… egory or vendor.The Center categorized the data from the DNCC for both the Los Angeles and Boston conventions by four main categories: Payroll and consulting, tr …"

"… e good or service purchased is unclear, were left out of the databases.The Los Angeles host committee lumped its spending into far larger categories—there was …"

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