California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, Latino students

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern High School District":

"… ” study with only one half day a week of actual time with a teacher. The Kern High School District, which is named in the suit filed Oct. 9, has declined to comment. Kern o …"

"… graduate and ordering them to stand up and walk out of the assembly. The Kern High School District apologized to the students and spokesman John Teves told local News17 TV: …"

"… ne in front of peers. On Sept. 24, local TV cameras also filmed Kern High School District school police and other law enforcement conducting a “sweep” to look f …"

"… officers were shown lecturing kids, who were shown from the back or side. Kern High School District Police Chief Mike Collier told local reporters, “The best place for kids …"

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 "chair":

"… But these claims are controversial. San Diego-area GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, downplayed the …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ,” said Ortner, who previously bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was later tapped by the president to serve on the bo …"

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 "Juvenile court":

"… ourt Judge Donna Groman also hailed the new protocol in a press statement. Juvenile court, she said, “should be the last resort for youth who commit minor school- …"

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 "Obama":

"… iation to home countries.      Changes that President Obama may seek in anti-trafficking laws — which were developed in recent …"

"… iate Central American minors more quickly, according to a letter President Obama wrote to congressional leaders. But multiple advocates believe giving age …"

"… he current flood of Central American kids, Podkul and other advocates say, Obama may suggest that Congress amend laws so that Border Patrol agents can trea …"

"… inen of Florida. This week, Roybal-Allard released a statement supporting Obama’s request that Congress allocate more than $2 billion to address the eme …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… denas, D-San Fernando Valley, joined protests against a draft plan to fund Los Angeles school police using a special new California fund dedicated to improving t …"

"… ow to spend billions aimed at supporting the state’s neediest students. Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 mil …"

"… ll learning English as a second language.  In a June 6 letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge …"

"… age.  In a June 6 letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash said this particular po …"

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 "Denver":

"… cessful efforts that have been made in schools all across the country from Denver to Austin to Baltimore.” In 2011, the Council of State Governments rele …"

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 "Education":

"… Tom Torlakson — who is named as a defendant — and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst issued a statement Thursday saying that they hadn …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… egulation, 64 environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on toxic air emissions from oil and gas operations. The 112 …"

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 "Health":

"… along with lawmakers and regulators, as among those subject to influence. Health care reform advocates in California, led by Consumer Watchdog, are support …"

"… 2.8 million itself, and has been joined by other insurers, including UnitedHealthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield and Health Net. Published reports sho …"

"… r insurers, including UnitedHealthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield and Health Net. Published reports show that they have been spending that money almos …"

"… hat no one has to know you have any association with the front group.” Health insurers named their front group to fight the ballot initiative “Califor …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… stricts to aid children with special needs. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Republicans’ biggest political financier last election cycle who do …"

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":

"… arate and Unequal,’ " brief was prepared by two community groups in Los Angeles and Oakland whose members are concerned that too much police involvement a …"

"… schools is undeniably one of [those barriers.]” One of the groups, the Los Angeles-based Labor-Community Strategy Center, has been instrumental in persuading …"

"… 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 t …"

"… mment on the brief because officials were still reviewing it. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, parents’ groups are mobilizing to demand that 80 per …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ndon or Paris — could kill hundreds of thousands of people,” President Barack Obama told the United Nations Security Council in September 2009. “A …"

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 "Jerry Perenchio":

"… om Bloomberg, $500,000 from Broad and $250,000 from former Univision owner Jerry Perenchio, according to city campaign finance records. Other donors included Studen …"

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 "Comcast":

"… that and you don’t look at the big picture.”       …"

"… l be garnering the support of prominent civil rights and minority groups. Comcast has already shown it can pull support from key minority groups — dozens …"

"… ations Commission, which must approve the buyout, while it was considering Comcast’s last mega-deal — its 2011 purchase of NBC/Universal. As tax data an …"

"… grity and the New York Times show, 55 such groups both accepted funds from Comcast’s corporate foundation between 2004 and 2012 and sent letters to the FCC …"

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 "Education":

"… ." …"

"… rd failure rather than helping them engage academically. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice teamed up in a two-year effort to develop li …"

"… report to school only one day a week for a year. The U.S. departments of Education and Justice both have civil rights offices that have stepped up inves …"

"… ses safe havens where learning can actually flourish,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in an announcement Wednesday. “Yet most exclusionary and dis …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… nbsp;Republican Governors Association (RGA). Both groups are based in Washington, D.C. The RGA was the sole funder of the “Live Free PAC,” which ran ads atta …"

"… llar goes a lot further than it does in federal contests. “Right now in Washington, D.C., as long as you have a divided government, there’s only so much you can …"

"… ash for outside groups active in North Carolina’s judicial races was the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), which spent …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… t U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.         …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… r for Public Integrity reported on how pressure from retail stores and the National Rifle Association helped defeat a bill by Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, who ca …"

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 …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… cedes SLK280, which was ultimately repossessed, according to the records. Federal Election Commission records further show that Leigh Gibson is also the treasurer of a separate …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… th 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, with the veterans …"

"… ing to the VA budget. Like Hancock, many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have survived multiple combat injuries because of military medicine’s hi …"

"… analyzed the medical costs of war through 2035. More than half of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are between the ages of 18 and 32, according to 2011 American Com …"

"… eir numbers are growing at the fastest rate. Fifty-six percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans use the VA now. and their numbers are expected to grow by 9.6 per …"

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 "Agent Orange":

"… th conditions that veterans could claim as a result of the toxic chemical, Agent Orange. In addition, more than 830,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returnin …"

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 "Ricardo Lara":

"… sal to tighten up the enrollment of students in alternative schools. Sen. Ricardo Lara, Democrat of Bell Gardens, near Los Angeles, said his bill, SB 744, will a …"

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