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 "California":

"… den State’s Central Valley, had the highest rate of student expulsion in California, not just on a per capita basis, but actually numerically higher than popu …"

"… adoption of alternative discipline and student transfer practices include California Rural Legal Assistance, or CRLA, a nonprofit that has represented Kern kid …"

"… d. The suit was filed against the 35,000-pupil Kern High School District, California’s second largest high school district. Its student body is 62 percent La …"

"… Kern County Office of Education, which runs alternative campuses; and the California Department of Education. Lisa Krch, the district’s public information a …"

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 "Texas":

"… and said she was in custody after a harrowing raft ride over the river in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Maria spent months in a U.S. Department of Health a …"

"… in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-run shelter in Houston, Texas, after her detention. Then she was transferred to a foster family in Los A …"

In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

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

"… emocratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission fi …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… said the protest letter, signed by the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and …"

"… litary hardware for school police include the Children’s Law Center, the Education Law Center, the National Center for Youth Law, the Advancement Project — …"

L.A. schools program aims to keep kids out of courts

By Susan Ferriss

Effort aims to keep police involvement in minor school infractions to a minimum in L.A. schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… opping out of school.” …"

"… dress the root causes of a student’s behavior,” said Ruth Cusick, Los Angeles-based education rights attorney with Public Counsel, the nation’s larges …"

"… ” of criminalization and that the protocol will help reverse the trend. Los Angeles Juvenile Court Judge Donna Groman also hailed the new protocol in a press …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… in favor of young children benefitting from counsel in immigration court. Lawyers said the suit—one of the plaintiffs is originally from Mexico—was …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… imes were later discovered after police broke up a sex-trafficking ring in North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey in 2007. Some of the girls were caught at th …"

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 "Southern California":

"… ce of the Children’s Defense Fund; the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California; the Youth Justice Coalition and CADRE, a parents’ group that has pushed …"

States urged to embrace alternatives to school discipline criminalizing kids

By Susan Ferriss

The Council of State Governments warns that harsh school dicipline disproportionately harms ethnic minority, disabled and LBGT students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… transgender.” In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, a Republican Tennessee state Senate leader — Sen. Mark Norris — spoke out in favor of the rep …"

Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much 'work experience' or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss

A lawsuit filed on behalf of kids in poor California schools demands state monitor and intervene practices depriving kids of teaching time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… rity published reports on the expulsion of students in California’s Kern County — mostly for behavior that did not require expulsion — and their  …"

Groups seek EPA action on toxic air emissions from fracking

By Jim Morris

Sixty-four environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the EPA to clamp down on toxic air emissions from fracking operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "community groups":

"… hat a lawyer called “serious gaps” in regulation, 64 environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anthem Blue Cross":

"… d by WellPoint, which owns and operates the state’s eight-million member Anthem Blue Cross company — have so far contributed $25.4 million to an industry campaign …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… Harvard University to American University to the University of California, Los Angeles.   In 2012, the Koch foundations sent six- or seven-figure donations …"

"… support drug addiction and recovery studies. The University of California, Los Angeles, for example, took in $300,000 to support programs for black wor …"

"… ample, took in $300,000 to support programs for black workers in Los Angeles.   The Soros Fund Charitable Foundation — a private charity w …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… into courts every year for minor infractions. The brief reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s budget for this year calls for spending more than $91 million on polic …"

Harsh school discipline gets more scrutiny in Congress

By Susan Ferriss

Researchers and educators urge schools to embrace alternatives to kicking kids out on suspension.

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

"… led with doubts about alternative discipline methods when he worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “I was one of those skeptics,” he said. He was assistant principal …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japan":

"… control and proliferation experts — is a seemingly puzzling decision by Japan to ready a new $22 billion plutonium production plant for operation as ear …"

"… tors resembling those canceled in America a generation ago. Critics of the Japanese project worry that its completion in just a few months will create a cr …"

"… ly one in a country without nuclear weapons. The metal is to be burned by Japanese utilities in dozens of fast breeder reactors, so named because they hav …"

"… capability to both consume and produce plutonium. The ambition is to make Japan, a craggy, energy-starved island, nearly self-sufficient in generating ele …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southern California":

"… ng into, said Patricia Burch , an education professor at the University of Southern California. Not so anymore. The technology schools use to administer tests and suppl …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… r they’ve been arrested, sent to court or incarcerated. In January, the Education Department and Justice Department published guidelines for effective schoo …"

Comcast Foundation's giving to minority groups likely to aid approval of Time Warner buyout

By Jason McLure

Support of minority groups key to cable deal's approval, Comcast foundation has dealt out millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Time Warner Cable Inc.":

"… t look at the big picture.”       …"

New federal guidelines aimed at stopping explosion in harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

Departments of Education and Justice team up to produce resource for school discipline and role of school police.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… ce meant a phone call home.” In his own statement, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said: “A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in …"

Nation's largest school police force, in L.A., will stop ticketing kids 12 and younger

By Susan Ferriss

After years of issuing thousands of tickets to students for minor infractions, L.A. school police will no longer cite kids 12 and younger.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… g to demand for reforms, the nation’s largest school police force — in Los Angeles — will stop issuing tickets to students 12-years-old or younger for mino …"

"… or near campuses during school hours. A memo this month to officers from Los Angeles Unified School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman outlined the new p …"

"… respassing, jaywalking and other allegations. The new age-limit policy in Los Angeles, Zipperman said, includes room for exceptions “when all other methods of …"

"… ed. Children’s rights advocates have argued for several years that some Los Angeles school staff had begun to summon police too often to deal with minor disci …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… el as well,” says Brad Chism, a Democratic political consultant based in Mississippi, whose former firm did direct mail for a number of outside groups in state …"

Soap opera producer tapped for top diplomatic post

By Michael Beckel

Major campaign fundraiser and soap opera producer Colleen Bell nominated to be next ambassador to Hungary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… and, Bradley Bell, hosted two campaign fundraising events at their home in Los Angeles that Obama personally attended. One was a reception with about 1,000 suppo …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… e National Rifle Association helped defeat a bill by Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, who came up with the proposal in response to similar police shoo …"

"… ansparent bodies or in certain neon colors. The measure had the support of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who invoked the tragic 2010 shooting of another …"

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 "president":

"… iscuss possible solutions confidentially. Kern High School District board president Bryan Batey confirmed this, and told the Center he’s willing to call a s …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… e, TimeforHillary.com. In his late twenties, Gibson originally hails from Louisiana, according to voter registration records that also indicate he’s a Democ …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… t get a drink of water. Hancock, 27, joined the Army in 2004 and went to Iraq, where he drove a tank. On Memorial Day 2007 — one month after the birth …"

"… t of health care for the large number of post-9/11 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with life-lasting wounds. But it is certain to be high, wi …"

"… rsity and coauthor of "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict." As veterans age, their injuries worsen over time, she said. Th …"

"… 3, according to the VA budget. Like Hancock, many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have survived multiple combat injuries because of military …"

Claims processors received bonuses while backlog more than doubled

By Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich

Veterans Affairs processors shared millions in awards while claims piled high, News21 investigation finds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocate":

"… ant to help me anyway,” he said. He enlisted the help of an independent advocate, who fought for his claim and connected him with housing and better PTSD t …"

"… nd now lives in his own apartment in Revere, Mass. Without the help of an advocate and without the money, Leon said he would be “homeless” or “dead.” …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… in alternative schools. Sen. Ricardo Lara, Democrat of Bell Gardens, near Los Angeles, said his bill, SB 744, will address some concerns about transfers. It wou …"

"… Rawson of the Labor-Community Strategy Center, which provides court aid to Los Angeles-area schoolchildren, said she represented an 11-year-old special-needs boy …"

California cities seek $1 billion settlement for lead paint-related health care costs

By Lilly Fowler

Lawsuit says lead paint manufacturers should pay to remove old, toxic pigment from affected homes in California.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… , including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego, as well as Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties. The suit seeks to force the defendants to inspec …"

"… to continue until at least late this month.   FairWarning is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit news organization focused on public health and safety issu …"

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