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 "Utah":

"… er to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San D …"

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 "judge":

"… orting the state’s neediest students. Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 million to school police there …"

"… most vulnerable student populations.”  “On the contrary,” the judge said, “there has been a wealth of research that indicates that aggressiv …"

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 …"

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 "California":

"… fall behind and disengage from school, said Laura Faer, Public Counsel’s California statewide education rights director. “These go hand in hand,” she sai …"

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 Unified School District":

"… l first committees. “I’m a social worker by profession, and we at the Los Angeles Unified School District support the school police. But we cannot have a system that is just puniti …"

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 "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 "Dick Durbin":

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

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 "U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights":

"… for disturbing-the-peace offenses, including scuffles at school. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is scrutinizing those citations in the Los Angeles Unified School District …"

Los Angeles school police citations draw federal scrutiny

By Susan Ferriss

Los Angeles school punishment data attract federal scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… Donald contributed to this report.   …"

"… and urged him to continue to get good grades. The district said no one at Barack Obama or the district could discuss the case because of confidentiality laws. St …"

"… w that at least 50 citations for lower-level juvenile court were issued at Barack Obama last year. The Johnsons pulled A.J. out of Barack Obama for a while, but h …"

"… urt were issued at Barack Obama last year. The Johnsons pulled A.J. out of Barack Obama for a while, but had to drive him a long distance to a more affluent schoo …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… ent of 28 tickets every day to students during the 2011 calendar year. The Los Angeles Unified School District totals almost 680,000 pupils; the district’s police force has 340 sworn …"

"… an American. Last year, black students represented about 10 percent of the Los Angeles Unified School District but 15 percent of those ticketed. In 2010, black students were 20 percent …"

"… rces that operate in the district also ticket and arrest students. But the Los Angeles Unified School District Police are a constant presence, with officers posted in schools and patrol …"

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 "officer":

"… filed a complaint on Feb. 3 with the school district and police concerning officers’ behavior.Meanwhile, the presiding judge of Los Angeles’ juvenile cou …"

"… t 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 …"

"… geles Unified School District’s police issued respective guidelines that officers consider “the spirit” of curfew laws and avoid targeting students who …"

"… counseling and family services. “Could there have been some overzealous officers out there? Sure,” he said. “But that’s why the chief put out new gu …"

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 Unified School District":

"… er who allegedly committed sexually-motivated child abuse in a school. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s high school graduation rate is only about 56 percent, one of the lowes …"

An epidemic of expulsions

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cesar Chavez":

"… thing portrait of Depression-era abuse of migrants here. And in the 1960s, Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers Union in Kern and waged bitter strikes. I …"

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 "Jim Smith":

"… Shirley left the project before the windows were finished.In an interview, Jim Smith, the supervising architect working for the L.A. district, said a contracto …"

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":

"… l property. Public Counsel worked on the policy along with juvenile court judges, school administrators, police officials and the Community Rights Campaig …"

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.

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

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

Public radio, Center report on L.A. school court citations' controversy

By Susan Ferriss

Public radio, the Center report on L.A. school police ticketing that federal education officials are now scrutinizing.

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

"… th the Center for Public Integrity. It features an interactive map showing Los Angeles Unified School District middle schools where court citations were heavily concentrated last year. …"

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