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 "Texas":

"… ave been handed over to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In Cali …"

"… NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and Public Counsel, which is based in Los Ange …"

"… d Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and Public Counsel, which is based in Los Angeles. Controversy over so-c …"

"… pline, as the Center for Public Integrity has reported.    Both Texas Appleseed and Public Counsel have been active in pushing for states and di …"

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 …"

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 …"

Data shows San Francisco's black students suspended at extremely high rates

By Susan Ferriss

Black students are only 8% of S.F. high schoolers, yet 50% of those suspended for 'willful defiance.'

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

"… ore than two-thirds of all suspensions were for willful defiance. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest district, was already ordered by its board …"

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 County Probation Department":

"… p;Starting last summer, school police began referring ticketed students to Los Angeles County Probation Department officials, who say they’re trying to keep kids out of court and instead …"

California lawmakers latest to consider limits for cops in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Golden State lawmakers latest to think about limits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… hich killed 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn. President Obama and California’s own senator, Democrat Barbara Boxer, have urged appropr …"

"… gh school campuses in Kern County.   After the Newtown massacre, the Obama Administration proposed allocating $150 million in federal funds for schoo …"

"… of glass or other security technology. The recommendations are in the 2014 Obama budget proposal now winding its way through the budget process.   Bo …"

New report highlights disproportionate school discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Report says minorities are cited disproportionately

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

"… o Public Schools District, in Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Schools and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (Los Angeles Unified struck an agreement in 2011 with the U.S. Department …"

"… black students nationally. Researchers also found that that the troubled Los Angeles Unified School District contained schools with similar student demographics that reported far lowe …"

"… o manage classrooms. As the Center for Public Integrity has reported, the Los Angeles Unified School District also shows that students at some middle and high school campuses are also …"

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 …"

Juvenile court judges latest to express concern over armed security in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Juvenile judges latest group to express concern over armed guards in schools

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… h high school. Legislators in various states, including South Carolina and Oklahoma, are considering legislation to allow teachers or other staff to have guns …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… “a gateway” to the criminal-justice system, said Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who presided over the hearing.Federal justice and education offic …"

Education official who focused on school discipline steps down

By Susan Ferriss

Education official Russlynn Ali focused on disparities in school discipline

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

"… ed from classrooms as a disciplinary measure. Others, including one in the Los Angeles Unified School District, also require administrators to beef up academic offerings in disadvantage …"

NYPD school police citations draw criticism

By Susan Ferriss

In New York City, the NYPD is under fire for the rate at which officers issue citations.

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

"… ucation’s Office for Civil Rights is scrutinizing those citations in the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of a review of discipline-policy changes that the district was req …"

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

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

"… has been included in a federal review of discipline-reform plans that the Los Angeles Unified School District – under pressure to reduce high rates of suspensions of black students …"

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

By Susan Ferriss

UPDATED: Schools' police chief responds to new citations data.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Zipperman":

"… ke independent decisions at times to ticket students.District Police Chief Steven Zipperman, who has been receptive to community groups urging changes in how police i …"

"… d (April 25, 2012, 3:53 p.m.): This story was updated to add comments from Steven Zipperman, schools' police chief. …"

Los Angeles moves haltingly toward ending fines for truancy

By Susan Ferriss

Cops, judges, politicians taking a new look at fines and handcuffs

Excerpts from this story referencing "police officer":

"… ets that can rise to $400 once court fees are tacked on.Being stopped by a police officer “leaves a deep mark and a certain perspective about the culture we live …"

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

Excerpts from this story referencing "School Attendance Task Force":

"… the populous Southern California region and other areas of the country.The School Attendance Task Force has a broad range of members who began meeting in late 2010 to discuss how …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

Kern County, California at ground zero in debate over school discipline

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bishop":

"… esented a Native American eighth-grader in the California mountain city of Bishop who was handcuffed by a school police officer in 2005 after the boy refuse …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… ke, according to a report by a geological firm hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District.Both the main architect and inspector on the construction job insisted tha …"

"… safety issues on the project.” In an interview, administrators with the Los Angeles Unified School District insisted Southeast was constructed to Field Act standards and that critica …"

"… or one.Before the school opened, Don Shirley, a building inspector for the Los Angeles Unified School District, found that large steel-frame windows at the school were being installed w …"

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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… national debate over childhood inequities sharpens, recent developments in California highlight struggles over practices critics say deprive some kids of qualit …"

"… t over “lost learning time” was filed in May on behalf of kids at nine California schools, including two in Alameda County, as the Center for Public Integri …"

"… w groups. Policy makers and businesses in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in California also argue for more action to close an “achievement gap” and boost acc …"

"… L.A. district that assigns kids to these periods. North of Los Angeles, in California’s farming and oil-drilling Central Valley, another lawsuit filed this mo …"

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- …"

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 "school board":

"… ts” at L.A. Unified. However, in a letter to Zipperman and L.A. Unified school board member Monica Garcia, the group also urged district officials to move forw …"

Report: States deal with more female offenders

By Susan Ferriss

A new report about state policies shows a rethinking in putting younger kids into adult court, police interaction with minority kids

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… end of trying ever-younger offenders as adults. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Missouri and Mississippi are the states that took steps to increase the age limits …"

Los Angeles school police chief rethinking discipline policy

By Susan Ferriss

Police chief wants less ticketing for young kids, more out-of-court solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… versy over court citations to students as young as 10, the police chief of Los Angeles’ largest school district said he’s working with school officials to re …"

"… egrity and Southern California Public Radio reported this spring that Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police had issued more than 33,5000 ticket …"

"… ets over three years to students between 10 and 18 years of age.  The Los Angeles Unified district is about 74 percent Latino, but Latinos and especially bl …"

"… especially black students have received tickets at disproportionate rates. Los Angeles Unified is not the only school district in the city of Los Angeles, but it …"

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