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 "KQED":

"… erically higher than populous Los Angeles County. In 2013, the Center and KQED radio reported that Kern County kids, among them Hispanic children of farm …"

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 "United Nations":

"… sp;Congressional Research Service paper issued in July took note of a United Nations survey of about 400 Central American minors in U.S. custody in the fall of …"

"… y. Lawyers also submitted a news article about her friend’s killing, and United Nations and U.S. government reports about dangers in El Salvador. “Gang intimid …"

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 "Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting":

"… als of black lung benefits to coal miners has been awarded the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The announcement was made at a ceremony Wednesday night. The winning se …"

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 "Education":

"… rural Kern County. The new data released by California’s Department of Education show that total student expulsions in the Golden State in the 2012-2013 ac …"

"… ts that students’ civil rights must be respected; both the Department of Education and Justice have fielded complaints about disproportionate punishment mete …"

"… mitted back into their home high school. California’s Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlakson, credited the statewide decline in suspensions and expulsio …"

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 "Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting":

"… ojects were among the six finalists announced Thursday for the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The Center is the only news organization with more than a single finalis …"

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 "KQED":

"… re getting zero education. Last July, the Center for Public Integrity and KQED radio in California reported that many of the hundreds of disciplined kids …"

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 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 "KPCC":

"… s school-police citations and produced reports in collaboration with KPCC radio in Southern California and KQED The California Report. The analysis …"

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 "Congress":

"… warned that they would harm Americans. American Families United is urging Congress to reform this system of inflexible punishment, arguing it serves no purpo …"

"… Emery told the subcommittee that American Families United is also urging Congress to shorten this waiting time for legal immigrants, whose families are stra …"

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 "Congress":

"… Austin, said he wanted to draw attention to his team’s work now because Congress has begun serious negotiations on immigration reform proposals. Zayas …"

"… hen they begin the process, their foreign spouses are eventually told that Congress requires them to stay out of the United States for 10 years, or more, as a …"

"… oundings. Margot Bruemmer of New Jersey, a mother of two, recently visited Congress to urge legislators not to forget the plight of Americans who’ve been fo …"

"… parents being barred from the United States are hard to come by. In 2012, Congress began receiving periodic reports from immigration officials on deportees w …"

Education writers honor Center series

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "KPCC":

"… of pieces, by Ferriss, Krissy Clark, KQED and Vanessa Romo, KPCC, examined how students were being disciplined in the Los Angeles …"

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 "toxicologist":

"… d California Watch's Public Records Act request. In the e-mails, two staff toxicologists – Lori Lim and Ruby Reed – said they had not been part of the decisio …"

"… numbers," staff scientist Jay Schreider wrote in a memo to the state's top toxicologist, Gary Patterson. Approving methyl iodide was "management's prerogative," S …"

"… ello Gary!" reads a memo from Marylou Verder-Carlos to Patterson, the lead toxicologist. "If you could please look over this document and see how and where we cou …"

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 "Department of General Services":

"… by one of these projects.”Scott Harvey, the acting director of the Department of General Services, which oversees the state architect’s office, has doubts. When asked whe …"

"… braced itself for questions about what it had done.The media staff at the Department of General Services – which oversees the state architect’s office – created talking poin …"