Low-income students excluded from honors track

Counted Out, a three-part series from the News & Observer proves that bright, low-income students are excluded from rigorous, more advanced classes when compared with their higher income peers. This occurs throughout the K-12 process. The stories rely on seven years of student-level data on every student in North Carolina public schools, about 1.2 million…

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Police pursuits lead to a shocking number of deaths every year

In 2014, four police pursuits ended in four separate deaths: a 75-year-old Navy veteran, a 42-year-old nursing assistant, a grandmother, and a speeding motorcyclist. All four chases happened within four miles of one another. And all shared one other characteristic: Everyone killed was black. A first-of-its-kind investigation by USA TODAY revealed that, on average, 90…

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Thousands of Massachusetts kids in state custody reported as runaways

Kids in state custody ran away more than 3,400 times over a three-year period, according to figures obtained by Boston’s WBZ-TV. Some of those children ran away repeatedly, while 30 of the kids were missing for a year or longer, the records show. The WBZ I-Team received the data from the Department of Children and…

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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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Indiana’s adult protective services program leaves vulnerable adults exposed to exploitation, abuse, neglect

An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found that the state agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults has exposed thousands to abuse and neglect as a result of overwhelmed investigators.  The paper used public records requests to compare Indiana’s Adult Protective Services with similar agencies across the country. Among their findings: Indiana has up to 20…

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Newborns die after being sent home with mothers struggling to kick drug addictions

Reuters identified 110 babies who died since 2010 after being born exposed to opioid drugs and sent home to parents who were ill-equipped to take care of them. More than half of those babies had to go through drug withdrawal before they were released, only to die under preventable circumstances.  The investigation features interviews with…

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Families struggle with Ohio’s mental-health-care system

Like cancer in the 1960s and AIDS in the 1980s, suicide is a public-health crisis — one whose victims largely have been ignored by lawmakers, medical professionals and much of the public. It is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and claims three Ohioans every day. The Columbus Dispatch spent nine…

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How Minnesota is failing thousands of adults living with disabilities

The Star Tribune’s five-day report, “A matter of dignity,” outlines how Minnesota marginalizes adults with disabilities. The series describes how the state is segregating disabled adults, partly through sheltered workshops that place these adults in jobs that pay little and leave no room for growth. Many of these disabled adults live in Minnesota group homes and more…

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Minneapolis, St. Paul school districts are among least integrated

A Star Tribune analysis of enrollment data found that elementary students in Minneapolis and St. Paul are attending increasingly segregated schools. At the same time, many suburban districts – once overwhelmingly white – are become more diverse. Nineteen elementary schools in Minneapolis have student populations that are more than 80 percent minority. Two are almost…

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Seattle-based company sells ‘birth tourism’ to Chinese women

A tip from a Chinese-speaking viewer led KING television’s investigative team in Seattle to a website promoting “birth tourism.” The Seattle-based company purported to offer travel services and luxury accommodations in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The KING 5 Investigators uncovered that pregnant foreigners paid tens of thousands of dollars to give…

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