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. 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 Unified School District":

"… 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 Michael Nash said this …"

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 "California":

"… arners and foster care children.” …"

"… and black students. The new education money was raised by a tax increase California voters approved in November 2012. Proposition 30, as the measure was dubbe …"

"… Center has reported. The brief notes that during the last academic year, California schools, statewide, had one counselor for every 808 students, one of the w …"

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 "Education":

"… g. “It can work,” he said, “If it’s implemented with fidelity.” …"

"… ke at a Congressional briefing Thursday sponsored by the Black Caucus Education and Labor Task Force. Losen is the director of UCLA’s Center for Civil …"

"… at relatively high rates. In January, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education unveiled their own joint effort to promote alternative discipline ideas to …"

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 "law":

"… some police officers’ attitudes have spoiled students’ relations with law enforcement and teachers. The Labor-Community Strategy Center drew attenti …"

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 "Colorado":

"… hat would set limits on how schools involve police officers in discipline. Colorado adopted limits last year. The proposals come amid burgeoning concern nati …"

"… e have to be clear in differentiating between security and discipline.” Colorado — the state that was shaken by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… or a recent series of stories about the deployment of school police in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the area’s largest. Officers in the California district, data analysis …"

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 "Los Angeles County Probation Department":

"… to the six- and seven-year-old boys. The citations were referred to the Los Angeles County Probation Department.Knowledge of right and wrong?L.A. Unified School Police Chief Steven Zippe …"

"… e counseling they need.Hellen Carter, juvenile field services chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, praised Zipperman as a “tremendous problem solver.” But she said it s …"

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 "New York":

"… ,000 pupils.    …"

"… rly conduct.   More than 70 percent of court summonses issued to New York City school students between January and the end of March this year were f …"

"… ording to a new analysis released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New York this week.“The high percentage of disorderly conduct charges — a catch …"

"… nvolved in non-criminal disciplinary incidents,” said Udi Ofer, the ACLU New York’s advocacy director, in a statement.  The NYPD took control of scho …"

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ted Teachers Los Angeles Union, told the Center that teachers, hard hit by California’s budget cuts, are frustrated because so many students come to school to …"

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 "Steven Zipperman":

"… s Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman for their willingness to listen to complaints and issue new guidelines.But …"

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 "Los Angeles County":

"… t in California. …"

"… who presides over one of America’s biggest juvenile courts, which is in Los Angeles County. Others include an anti-truancy leader in the county’s District Att …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Christine Lizardi Frazier":

"… rict, not just their school, for a semester or a full year as punishment. Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County’s superintendent of schools, paused when asked if she thoug …"

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 "judge":

"… t of these controversies in the Golden State. This month, for instance, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring that state education offici …"

"… a counties—most had abandoned the practice—were getting locked up once judges found them to be in contempt of court orders to attend classes regularly. …"

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 "Judge":

"… that the protocol will help reverse the trend. Los Angeles Juvenile Court Judge Donna Groman also hailed the new protocol in a press statement. Juvenile c …"

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 County":

"… show up at court, which many failed to do. Last year, with the closure of Los Angeles County’s lower-level juvenile courts, school police began forwarding tickets fo …"

"… tly to counseling centers in the city and tickets for other infractions to Los Angeles County Probation officials. Probation officers’ task is to review the tickets a …"

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 "New York":

"… Ten states set the age for juvenile jurisdiction at 16. North Carolina and New York automatically try any minor over 16 in the adult system. …"

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 "California":

"… th community organizers since the Center for Public Integrity and Southern California Public Radio reported this spring that Los Angeles Unified School Dis …"

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