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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… n juvenile justice reform attempts at the federal level. Cardenas told the Center for Public Integrity it was “a little old-school” to use the new state fund to support scho …"

"… cipline matters,” Nash wrote. Nash’s letter was made available to the Center for Public Integrity.   Nash presides over one of the biggest juvenile courts in the coun …"

"… es in the wake of the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn.  As the Center for Public Integrity reported, Nash has been involved in efforts in Los Angeles to rein in the …"

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 "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 "L.A.":

"… es earlier this year to end suspensions for willful defiance. The push in L.A. and in San Francisco now is to strengthen disciplinary alternatives alread …"

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":

"… scipline, board members of the nation's second largest school district — Los Angeles Unified — took bold steps this week sure to be noticed nationally. They …"

"… mate Bill of Rights” the school board adopted in a 5-2 vote on Tuesday. Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second largest school district, and with 300-plu …"

"… ey say.  Judith Perez, president of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, said her organization supports the new policy’s goals and supports keep …"

"… e students pulled out of classrooms. California, as a state, could follow Los Angeles’ lead in ending suspensions for defiance and setting limits on police in …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… including middle-school-age children, in lower-income neighborhoods in the Los Angeles Unified School District. L.A. Unified is the nation’s second biggest school district, and with m …"

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 "KPCC":

"… of pieces, by Ferriss, Krissy Clark, KQED and Vanessa Romo, KPCC, examined how students were being disciplined in the Los Angeles …"

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 "New York City":

"… ontact with students, tickets them at higher rates than police assigned to New York City’s schools. With about 1 million students, New York’s system is the onl …"

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 "Education":

"… pension, more than any other group of students. …"

"… t even offer advanced courses students need to qualify for college.Ali and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have often argued that cutting suspensions and keepi …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… dcuffs or court citations.For example, newly released data analyzed by the Center for Public Integrity showed that school police in Los Angeles have been issuing thousands of co …"

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… eles and elsewhere — that has the Obama Administration’s Department of Education and a growing number of juvenile-court judges deeply concerned. In fact, t …"

"… ions of black students — was required to submit earlier this year to the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. “Generally speaking, in all but …"

"… 2010 statistics from most U.S. schools was an unprecedented attempt by the Education Department to assess an apparent national upsurge in referrals of 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 "spokeswoman":

"… ednesday after the Center’s story was initially published. Ellen Morgan, spokeswoman for the school district and school police, said previously that the distri …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… 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 Distr …"

"… the county’s District Attorney’s office, the chief of school police in Los Angeles, a Los Angeles city police representative, a public defender and several c …"

"… District Attorney’s office, the chief of school police in Los Angeles, a Los Angeles city police representative, a public defender and several civil rights gro …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim McKinley":

"… t up there next to the kid who raped somebody behind the backstop,” said Tim McKinley, who spent 26 years in the bureau, much of it locking up murderous members …"

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 "architect":

"… ed away without follow-up from the state.California law requires the state architect’s office to enforce the Field Act – seismic regulations enac …"

"… not know if school officials have fixed these problems. Instead, the state architect’s office issued warning letters to school board members and administrato …"

"… away.“This is a crisis,” said Steve Castellanos, the California state architect from 2000 to 2005, acknowledging the office he once ran needs an overhaul. …"

"… ools in the state have at least one uncertified building project.The state architect’s office has allowed building inspectors hired by school districts to wo …"

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

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "L.A.":

"… County, as the Center for Public Integrity reported. Kids at Jefferson in L.A. joined the suit in early October. Students at various schools in the suit …"

"… esdays and Fridays. In an interesting twist, on Oct. 2, recently resigned L.A. Unified School District superintendent John Deasy provided a sca …"

"… d he thought the restraining order should be placed on every school in the L.A. district that assigns kids to these periods. North of Los Angeles, in Cali …"

"… spread the use of alternative discipline rather than removal of kids. The L.A. and Kern lawsuits are pending. But California schools are also facing chan …"

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 "L.A.":

"… for Public Integrity began publishing a series of reports documenting how L.A. Unified’s police — the nation’s largest school police department — …"

"… ooL.A.ministrators, police officials and the Community Rights Campaign, an L.A.-based group that has represented students in court. The Community Rights C …"

"… th who commit minor school-based offenses.” She said that she hopes that L.A. Unified’s policy “is shared both nationally and statewide as a model r …"

"… policy “is shared both nationally and statewide as a model response.” L.A. Unified Police Chief Steve Zipperman said, according to a press reL.A.e, t …"

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 "KPCC":

"… ned. In 2012, in a series of reports, the Center for Public Integrity and KPCC radio documented the citations of thousands of kids in middle school and e …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… blic Integrity also looked into school-police policies, reporting that the Los Angeles Unified School District Police —the nation’s largest school force — issued more than 33 …"

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 "security guard":

"… epeatedly taunting her out on a blacktop area at school, Davis said, and a security guard stood by, doing nothing, until a physical fight broke out. “Instead of s …"

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