Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP

Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no type of school is immune. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press…

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Hartford Schools: More Separate, Still Unequal

An in-depth investigation by the Hartford Courant shows that 20 years after the landmark Sheff vs. O’Neill decision, many of Hartford’s students are still struggling in schools that are becoming more segregated. Sheff vs. O’Neill found that racial isolation in Hartford School’s violated students’ constitutional rights to an equal education.  The investigation shows how Hartford’s…

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Ohio State shields access to records others deem public

The Columbus Dispatch found that Ohio State University has a record of shielding many types of vital information from public scrutiny. This can include information on things like how the university spends public money or protects students from criminals on campus.  Reporters analyzed five years of public-records requests made to Ohio State, and found that…

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For years, FieldTurf made millions selling faulty fields

A six-month investigation by NJ Advance Media found that FieldTurf, the leading maker of artificial sports fields, sold an estimated $570 million in product that it knew would not live up to marketing hype or sales promises.  Duraspine was marketed to cities as long-lasting and the best turf money could buy. However, internal emails obtained…

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Thousands of teachers leave Indiana schools and the state doesn’t document why

RTV6 in Indianapolis found that nearly 20 percent of Indiana’s teachers and administrators left their schools during a single school-year period, and that the state is not documenting why they are leaving. Teachers that remain at their schools year after year provide valuable institutional insight over time and save money for districts that would otherwise…

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School districts misreport seclusion, restraint incidents

Central Indiana schools use seclusion and restraints on children in order to calm them down and protect them from harming themselves and others. However, an investigation by WRTV found that some school districts were not accurately reporting how often a teacher has to use seclusion or a restraint on a child. Restraints and seclusions are most…

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Latest in UNC scandal unravels bogus class scheme

UNC had always prided itself on doing things the right way, “The Carolina Way.” But in a new series by The News & Observer, Dan Kane shows just how out of whack things were at the nation’s oldest public university, where a scheme of bogus classes helped keep football and men’s basketball players eligible.  University…

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Iowa elementary schools misuse seclusion rooms meant as a last resort

An investigation by the Gazette found that Eastern Iowa’s seclusion rooms—small rooms intended to briefly isolate students who are a threat to themselves or others—are sometimes used as an extreme form of punishment for minor misbehavior. The rooms in the Iowa City school district are typically 6-feet by 6-feet with padded walls and a small…

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Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education

Texas public schools are keeping tens of thousands of disabled children out of special education according to an investigation by the Houston Chronicle. Over a decade ago, state officials decided that only 8.5 percent of students (less than the national average of 13 percent) should receive special education services, even though one official admitted that…

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Minnesota schools failing to follow guidelines on testing for lead in water

KSTP News in Minnesota found that school officials across Minnesota are not following the state’s recommendations to test for lead in school water systems at least once every five years. Although these are recommendations and not regulations, a leading authority on lead amounts in water said that this issue was a critical health concern for…

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