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  • SCNG: Bad Apples

    SCNG's special report on teacher misconduct at a local school district found that district administrators ignored signs and complains of inappropriate behavior by teachers and in some cases outright abuse of students for years. Reporters Joe Nelson and Scott Schwebke spent months interviewing dozens of sources, scouring thousands of pages of documents and reviewing more than 100 hours of recorded interviews and depositions with victims, witnesses and parents. Their reporting has led to a state investigation into the district's handling of misconduct complaints and sweeping reforms within the district itself.
  • Student threatened professor more than a year before killing him

    This USC Annenberg Media special investigation uncovered that despite receiving a written warning that a student intended to kill his professor, USC administrators allowed him back on campus to work with the man he threatened and would go on to stab to death on campus. This story revealed that USC did not have a system in place to adequately track threats to campus safety and make sure students with serious mental illness were well enough to be in school.
  • It Doesn't Make Cents: Hidden 529 Fees

    A tiny number can make a huge difference in how much you "pay to save" using government-sponsored 529 college savings plans. The D.C. government scrambled to completely overhaul its 529 program after the News 4 I-Team found D.C. residents pay thousands more in fees than parents in neighboring states. The team created a special "529 Calculator" that lets parents type in the age of their child, how much they make and where they live to see a side-by-side comparison of how much they could save in each 529 plan in our region...and how much they end up paying in hidden fees. The seemingly simple mobile-friendly design belies an incredibly complex back-end formula, making it the only calculator of its kind available anywhere on the internet. This calculator helped the team definitively show D.C. parents were getting a raw deal - prompting the D.C. Treasurer's office to fire the plan's administrator and award a new contract less than six weeks after the initial investigation aired - saving D.C. parents hundreds of thousands of dollars previously wasted on hidden and unnecessary fees. Story #1: http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Avoiding-High-529-Fees-Navigating-College-Savings-Plan-Pitfalls-397010181.html Story #2: http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/DC-Council-Demands-Action-on-College-Savings-Plans-After-I-Team-Report-401179346.html Story #3: http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/DC-Announces-New-Administrator-for-College-Savings-Plans-407522785.html
  • Robin Hood in Reverse

    An investigation of Ohio’s eight largest public universities found that with one exception, trustees and administrators imposed hidden fees on thousands of working-class students to subsidize money-losing athletic departments while allowing academic spending to nosedive.
  • Northwestern student who killed himself initially referred to CAPS waitlist

    During his freshman year at Northwestern University, Jason Arkin tried to get a counseling appointment at Northwestern's Counseling and Psychological Services. In his intake, he told the staff member he had "fleeting thoughts of self-harm." However, Jason was referred to the center's waitlist for one-on-one counseling. Throughout his three years at Northwestern, Jason struggled with mental health and at the end of his sophomore and junior years, he stopped attending his classes. At the end of his sophomore year, his parents were notified, however, and he left campus before taking his finals. At the end of his junior year, even though medical records show administrators knew he stopped attending classes, his parents weren't notified. In May of his junior year, he took his own life. He was the second student in less than a month to die from suicide.
  • Miami VA Secrets Exposed

    The death of a young Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran inside the Miami VA’s drug treatment center led to a series of stories that revealed glaring problems with the way deaths inside the hospital were being handled. In this case, CBS4 News discovered the parents were told their son may have choked to death on a sandwich when in fact he had overdosed on drugs. When the family arrived, grief stricken and looking for answers, they were instead handed a large black garbage bag containing their son’s personal belongings. CBS4 News also discovered VA police officials were not notified about the suspicious death for several hours and the detective who would normally investigate such matters was never contacted. Those stories in turn prompted the VA Police detective to come forward and expose even more serious problems, including allegations of drug dealing inside the hospital. The detective agreed to speak on-the-record and on-camera about how his efforts to investigate illegal activities inside the hospital were stymied by VA administrators.
  • Campus Insecurity

    An investigation by the Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center exposed that many universities across the nation are under-reporting violent crimes that occur on campus, using secret judicial review boards to often hand out soft punishments for serious crimes and are violating the rights of both the victims and accused in a system that ignores due process. The deception begins with the name: Campus Security. Most campuses are anything but secure. And worse, administrators have cloaked their campus crime rates and poor response to them in secrecy — failing to take some complaints seriously, shunting what should be criminal cases into closed-door campus judicial hearings handled by untrained faculty and students, and refusing public records about the cases or stalling when asked for them.
  • Terrance Carter

    In the summer of 2014, Terrence P. Carter, a highly regarded “school-turnaround” administrator from the Chicago-based Academy for Urban School Leadership, was hailed by public officials and the local press in New London, Connecticut, as an innovator who could revive that city’s failing school system. After a national search, the school board in June voted unanimously to hire him as its new superintendent, effective Aug. 1. In early July the local newspaper, the Day of New London, reported that when Carter toured the city, he was welcomed with praise such as a pronouncement by the mayor that he was “the right fit at the right time for New London." But everything changed on July 18, when the Courant published an investigative story on its website documenting a pattern in which Carter had repeatedly claimed to have a doctorate, and referred to himself as “Dr.” or “Ph.D” for more than five years, without actually holding such a degree.
  • Questionable Credentials

    Life experience is certainly valuable. But is it enough to earn you an advanced degree without ever attending a single class? The NBC 10 I-Team went inside the world of online "diploma mills" and found out just how easy it is to buy a bogus Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or even a PhD. For one Rhode Island public school administrator, a so-called Bachelor's degree from an unaccredited online school was the ticket to a $94,000 a year job. The I-team learned the Providence School District never checked the administrator's credentials before hiring her. NBC 10's five-part investigation led to the administrator's resignation, as well as a change in the school district's hiring policy going forward.
  • Bound and Punished

    Arkansas law prohibits punishment of juvenile delinquents, requiring instead that child offenders be provided treatment, rehabilitation and safe environments. But at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center, where hundreds of children have been sent for years, punishment was not only allowed, top administrators encouraged it. State officials responsible for assuring the safety and well-being of youth in county-run detention centers learned of this routine mistreatment only after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shared internal incident reports with them.