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 …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… icials rush to prioritize resolution of minors’ applications, members of Congress are aggressively attacking the current asylum system as well as children …"

"… orporations and law schools. In September, as part of the budget process, Congress rejected a White House request for $64 million to hire more immigration ju …"

"… errified to hand over records. Under current federal law — laws some in Congress now want changed — minors who arrive on their own must be released from …"

"… ala have some of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. A Congressional Research Service paper issued in July took note of a United Nati …"

Center's report on black lung wins prestigious Goldsmith Prize

Investigation detailed denials of black lung benefits to coal miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… Center for Investigative Reporting, FRONTLINE, Univision Documentaries and KQED.   …"

New California data show drop in overall school suspensions, expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

New California data reveal 12 percent drop in suspensions, expulsions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… emically, as the Center for Public Integrity has reported in stories about San Francisco and rural Kern County. The new data released by California’s Department …"

"… reported more than 2,570 expulsions. The Center and KQED Public Radio in San Francisco reported last year on expelled Kern students who were adrift because they …"

Two Center projects named finalists for Goldsmith investigative reporting prize

By The Center for Public Integrity

Pair of investigations named finalists for prestigious Goldsmith Prize.

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… Center for Investigative Reporting, FRONTLINE, Univision Documentaries and KQED. “The finalists this year are emblematic of the future of journalism: n …"

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 "Kern County":

"… egular schools after a stint in the alternative facilities. …"

"… works with field laborers’ families. Employing zero-tolerance policies, Kern County’s schools, as the Center previously reported in 2011, have bee …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… his interest. He liked art, and dreamed of college at an art institute in San Francisco. He also discovered a passion for history, and was proud he read The …"

Los Angeles school board cracks down on suspensions for minor infractions

By Susan Ferriss

L.A. school board limits suspensions for "willful defiance"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Police":

"… nd remedy frequent use at individual school sites.” L.A. Unified School Police Department Chief Steve Zipperman did not oppose the policy, and Garcia con …"

Witnesses tell Congress that Americans, legal residents’ families suffer due to immigration laws

By Susan Ferriss

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… by punitive immigration mandates. As the Center for Public Integrity and KQED public radio reported recently, the undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens …"

Mental-health study of U.S. kids affected by surge in deportations

By Susan Ferriss

As Congress debates immigration reform, mental-health investigators urge legislators to consider children's welfare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ho have begun a study of this population. This week, researchers based in Texas, California and Mexico released a joint announcement about a project they …"

"… earcher Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, said he wanted to draw attention to his team’s work now becau …"

"… Researchers are interviewing a total of about 80 children in the Austin, Texas, and Sacramento, Calif., areas, as well as children who’ve moved to Mexi …"

Education writers honor Center series

Juvenile Justice series wins first-place prize for investigative reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… edium Newsroom. The series of pieces, by Ferriss, Krissy Clark, KQED and Vanessa Romo, KPCC, examined how students were being di …"

Reporter talks to NPR about immigration laws

By The Center for Public Integrity

Center's Susan Ferriss discusses 'Separated by Law' on 'Talk of the Nation'

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… rted in collaboration with "The California Report," a statewide service of KQED Public Radio, tells about how citizens or legal immigrants who have w …"

"… tion.  Wednesday, PRI's "The World" aired a story by Amy Isackson of KQED's "The California Report." Isackson reported the story in collaboration wi …"

Feds announce new rules for legalizing undocumented spouses

By Susan Ferriss

Feds announce changes to address issues raised in Center report

Excerpts from this story referencing "KQED":

"… rom three to 10 to 20 years, or even life, as the report by the Center and KQED public radio made clear.  People whose only infraction was to illegal …"

Senator mistakenly says marriage quickly legalizes young immigrants

By Susan Ferriss

A new GOP idea would allow undocumented youth to earn limited legal status, but not a green card, the prerequisite to citizenship.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… portunity from a bill he’s filed along with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.“As a practical matter,” Kyl said, …"

L.A. kids' daytime curfew story on NPR's 'Morning Edition'

By Susan Ferriss

Truancy is a problem among some students, and cities grapple over sending police out, issuing fines and prosecuting parents

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Public Radio":

"… tic tracking to see what ultimately happens to these students.    …"

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":

"… eling. …"

"… o host Warren Olney also took an interest in the daytime curfew along with KQED, which is based in San Francisco. Olney interviewed me about the daytime c …"

Susan Ferriss discusses youth in prison with KQED

KQED interview

State officials ignored scientists in approving pesticide

By Amy Standen

Calif. pesticides manufacturer finds warnings from scientists too 'excessive' to be credible

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Brown":

"… edia," Brooks said.Warmerdam resigned from the department in January. Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to appoint a successor.Methyl iodide was approved in December 2010 …"

Lax oversight of school construction raises doubts about earthquake safety

By Corey G. Johnson

Lax oversight of school construction raises doubts about earthquake safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… kki Frick and Joanna Lin. …"

"… y defects were logged and then filed away without follow-up from the state.California law requires the state architect’s office to enforce the Field Act& …"

"… , enforcement of the Field Act has been plagued with bureaucratic chaos, a California Watch investigation has found. Tens of thousands of children attend school …"

"… ators, and walked away.“This is a crisis,” said Steve Castellanos, the California state architect from 2000 to 2005, acknowledging the office he once ran ne …"