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 "Arvin High School":

"… s in the suit. Antonio M., as the student is identified, was expelled from Arvin High School in Kern County for an alleged fight he denied being involved in. Antonio …"

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 States":

"… om violence so chilling her family thought it better to smuggle her to the United States in the spring of 2013. “Two years ago a friend of mine died in a very c …"

"… whatever they need to say to get to stay here because the President of the United States has told them, in no uncertain terms: If they get here, he won’t enforce …"

"… illed him. She also said she was threatened for testifying and fled to the United States. Her case had previously reached the Board of Immigration Appeals, the BI …"

"… , fearing his son would be killed, arranged to have him smuggled up to the United States. The asylum officer asked Francisco details about various parts of his st …"

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 "Jim Morris":

"… ition to Hamby and Ross, also named for the prize were Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of the Center and Matthew Mosk and Rhonda Schwa …"

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 "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 "Los Angeles":

"… languishing at home, with no schooling at all in this rural area north of Los Angeles. Kern is one of the top five most productive farm counties in the nation. …"

"… Kern expelled more kids, in raw numbers, than all the schools combined in Los Angeles County, which has nine times the number of pupils, according to data colle …"

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 "KQED":

"… home if they are unable to do so themselves.” Reporter Steven Cuevas of KQED public radio's "The California Report" contributed to this story.  …"

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 "Immigration":

"… president of American Families United, told members of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, which is under the Judiciary Committee.  Americ …"

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 "Mexico":

"… of this population. This week, researchers based in Texas, California and Mexico released a joint announcement about a project they began last year to surv …"

"… ducing Health Disparities is also collaborating on the project, along with Mexico’s National Institute of Psychiatry. The study, expected to be done by n …"

"… exas, and Sacramento, Calif., areas, as well as children who’ve moved to Mexico to be with parents. The investigators are asking community groups to help …"

"… ll as for the premature manifestation of chronic health conditions.” In Mexico, researchers will interview children born and raised in America, who have …"

Education writers honor Center series

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… Romo, KPCC, examined how students were being disciplined in the Los Angeles Unified School District. "Great persistence. Great find. Great narratives of children caught up i …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… ne of the documents, Mary-Ann Warmerdam, who led the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation until this year, weighs a recommendation from her staff that fa …"

"… level of exposure was," said Susan Kegley, a consulting scientist for the Pesticide Action Network, a group suing the state.Department spokeswoman Lea Brooks …"

"… o ban the chemical.As part of the suit, the groups asked the Department of Pesticide Regulation to release documents explaining how the agency decided to appro …"

"… d on the peer-review panel, says the documents show that the Department of Pesticide Regulation has no way of knowing whether methyl iodide is safe."DPR has no …"

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 "high-ranking official":

"… emo raised concerns about this process. The February 2011 memo from a high-ranking official at the state architect's office expressed alarm that “hundreds of projec …"