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 "Kern High School District":

"… ges, officials “have failed to take any effective action to require that Kern High School District develop and implement discipline and school assignment plans that ameliora …"

"… ity that is based in Oakland. The suit was filed against the 35,000-pupil Kern High School District, California’s second largest high school district. Its student body is 6 …"

"… , the district’s public information and communications manager, said the Kern High School District “cannot comment on pending litigation.” In September 2013, Mike Zulfa, …"

"… our expulsion rate over the past three years.” But the suit accuses the Kern High School District of failing to comply with new state discipline policies and adopt alternat …"

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 "Miami":

"… lum officer. But Christopher Manny, a former asylum officer in Chicago and Miami, explained the constraints of the law. “As traumatic as it is seeing yo …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ng, FRONTLINE, Univision Documentaries and KQED.   …"

"… larly commendable government performance.” "I am extremely proud of the Center for Public Integrity's year long investigative project on behalf of thousands of coal miners wi …"

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 "KQED":

"… 011 school year, Kern reported more than 2,570 expulsions. The Center and KQED Public Radio in San Francisco reported last year on expelled Kern students …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… sts are the Miami New Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wall Street Journal and a collaboration involving the University of California’s invest …"

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 High School District":

"… ay. Schools say, legally, it's up to parents to get kids to campuses. But Kern High School District trustees, under increasing pressure to address the situation, have now ask …"

"… ine times the number of pupils, according to data collected by the state. Kern High School District officials, whose district is responsible for most of the removals in the c …"

"… ed session” with trustees to discuss possible solutions confidentially. Kern High School District board president Bryan Batey confirmed this, and told the Center he’s wil …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… dents. That’s more than expulsions of all students from all districts in Los Angeles County, which has nine times the number of pupils. The pace at which Lati …"

"… , state Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, southeast of Los Angeles, said he’s alarmed by such stories. “We don’t want to paint them al …"

"… gest disappointment was missing a field trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. He’d like to read more books about World War II, but the only library i …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… scipline, board members of the nation's second largest school district — Los Angeles Unified — took bold steps this week sure to be noticed nationally. They …"

"… mate Bill of Rights” the school board adopted in a 5-2 vote on Tuesday. Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second largest school district, and with 300-plu …"

"… ey say.  Judith Perez, president of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, said her organization supports the new policy’s goals and supports keep …"

"… e students pulled out of classrooms. California, as a state, could follow Los Angeles’ lead in ending suspensions for defiance and setting limits on police in …"

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 "KQED":

"… t and one parent who is undocumented. The Center for Public Integrity and KQED public radio in California recently reported on the circumstances of U.S. …"

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 "KQED":

"… s wrong in practical terms.  A recent Center for Public Integrity and KQED public radio report detailed how penalties adopted by Congress in 1996 are …"

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 "KQED":

"… iece on Los Angeles’ changes to this anti-truancy law was co-reported by KQED radio’s Krissy Clark.A web package also appears on NPR’s website.  …"

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 "KQED":

"… cision private. A public records act request filed by California Watch and KQED QUEST elicited the same response.Earlier this month, a judge disagreed, or …"

"… gulators first became public last year, in an e-mail exchange unearthed by KQED QUEST and California Watch's Public Records Act request. In the e-mails, t …"

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 "KQED":

"… eporters Erica Perez, Anna Werner, Kendall Taggart, Agustin Armendariz and KQED's Krissy Clark contributed to this report. This story was edited by Robert …"