Pinellas County officials turned five elementary schools in “failure factories”

Students at Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Melrose elementary schools in Pinellas County, Florida are attending some of the state’s worst schools. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that it took just eight years for the county school board to turn the schools into “failure factories.” After abandoning integration, the neighborhood elementary schools…

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Texas sends poor teens to adult jail for skipping school

Teenagers in Texas are being sent to adult jail over charges stemming from their truancy, according to a Buzzfeed news investigation. More than 1,000 teens have done jail time in the last three years, the investigation found. The students are sentenced after failing to follow court orders associated with truancy charges, and often because their…

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Evicted and abandoned: The World Bank’s broken promise to the poor

More than 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by projects funded by the World Bank, according to an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and more than 20 other media partners. The organization has regularly failed to meet its own policies, falling short of protecting people from…

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Municipal courts are well-oiled money machine

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated the municipal court system and found a money-driven system favoring connections and cash over justice. The report reveals the system is set up to operate in secret and to direct business to lawyers. It expands on the Department of Justice’s findings that Ferguson’s police department acted as a collection agency…

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Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days

A material witness in a murder case has been held in jail pending trial for nearly 900 days, according to a report by The Oregonian. Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58, spends his days like any other inmate at Washington County Jail, despite the fact he’s not charged with any crime.

Extra Extra Monday: Baby boomers, school shootings and health licensing boards

Review shows health licensing boards voted improperly | The Boston Globe Four Massachusetts health licensing boards met nearly three dozen times over five years without enough members present, casting a legal cloud over numerous votes on disciplinary proceedings, license applications, and investigations, according to an internal audit by the Department of Public Health. The review,…

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Extra Extra Monday: Uneven assessments, National Guard misconduct, Chicago migration myth

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By measure after measure, in cities, towns and villages across Wisconsin, property assessors are discounting uniformity and trampling on fairness, while officials with the state Department of Revenue do little to rectify the disparities, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal…

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U.S. food aid program struggles to move forward

The U.S. government spends more than half of its international food aid budget transporting life-saving commodities through a tangled system of special interests and government bureaucracy – more than $9 billion in taxpayer dollars over the past decade, a Medill/USA Today investigation has found. That makes it by far the most inefficient and expensive food assistance delivery…

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Extra Extra Monday: Investigations highlight problems at homeless shelters, group homes, jails

Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t | The New York Times A New York Times examination of the case, based in part on hundreds of pages of disciplinary proceedings — usually confidential under federal privacy laws — offers a rare look inside one school’s adjudication of a rape complaint amid a roiling national debate over…

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Invisible Child

Dasani, a young homeless girl in New York City, belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, the New York Times reports. In the short span of Dasani’s life, her city has been reborn. The skyline soars with luxury towers,…

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