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  • School Desegregation Orders

    The highest performing school district in the state of Florida, St. Johns County schools, still has an open desegregation order. I submitted FOI requests with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the St. Johns County school district to obtain records and information needed for the story. Records show currently the majority of students in the St. Johns County school district are white but the district is now fully integrated and complies with the federal order. I learned that that the federal government has been inconsistent in its monitoring of the open desegregation orders in Florida. After my story aired, the St. Johns County school district has said they are working with the federal government to have the desegregation order closed.
  • Failure Factories

    On Dec. 18, 2007, the Pinellas County School Board abandoned integration. They justified the vote with bold promises: Schools in poor, black neighborhoods would get more money, more staff, more resources. They delivered none of that. This is the story of how district leaders turned five once-average schools into Failure Factories.
  • Pyramid Schemes in the United States

    This Al Jazeera series shows that although pyramid schemes are illegal in the United States, multilevel marketing companies are not. We investigate some of the biggest MLM companies that specifically target and exploit vulnerable populations, such as youth. In the first part of the series, we demonstrate how one company profits by promising desperate & indebted teenagers an economic revolution when in reality the company’s CEO made $12 million in 2013, 7,500 times more than a majority of its young distributors who made under $2 thousand that year on average.
  • Living Apart: Fair Housing in America

    The series documents 45 years of neglect of one of the most sweeping civil rights laws in our country’s history. The investigation found that the federal government made a decision almost immediately after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act not to enforce the key provisions of the law, including the mandate to promote residential integration. The stories and maps reveal how politics hobbled the reach of the law, severely limiting both the resources and the will of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to use its vast powers to force communities to undue decades of government-sanctioned segregation. It showed how HUD has from its roots been an agency conflicted about enforcing the law and how those charged with enforcement are undertrained and often maligned within the agency. As a result of the law’s neglect by a succession of Republican and Democratic Administrations, our investigation found that segregation patterns in the cities with the largest proportion of black residents have barely budged.
  • Jews in Prison Face Special Challenges

    The article took an in-depth look at the challenges facing Jewish inmates in Missouri prisons. The author covered all stages of incarceration, challenges on the inside and the challenge of re-integrating into society as a whole and the Jewish community in particular.
  • The Great Divide

    This four-part series reveals that education in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is overwhelmingly not diverse despite 50 years of supposed desegregation. Economic factors often lead to racial segregation, but research shows that "white flight" causes suburban areas to be just as separated as big cities. The private schooling option also steals many white students from public schools. One school district attempts to prove that with effort almost perfect racial balance can be achieved.
  • "The Olmstead Challenge"

    Batz takes a look at the reality of the Olmstead challenge: accommodating those with disabilities who want to live more independently. The story follows the experiences of Charlene Day, who moved from an institution into a more independent living situation. Other individuals' stories are included. Explores the ins and outs of funding and facilitating "community integration."
  • Separate Peace

    The American Lawyer reports on still continuing segregation in the acceptance of black students at public universities. The story reveals that "... after 25 years of litigation, tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of settlement talks, two full trials, and a directive from the U.S. Supreme Court, all eight of Mississippi's public universities remain, to a significant degree, racially segregated."
  • A City in Black and White

    "The legal battle over housing discrimination in Parma was meant to spark the integration of all Greater Cleveland's suburbs. Twenty years after federal remedies were handed down, the region is still divided by a color line, and one community's struggles with the stigma of racism are far from over."
  • Closed Ranks? The Color of Commandos

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigates the integration of the U.S. military's most elite forces, the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Air Force Commandos. While most of the military is successfully integrated -- one in three soldiers is of a minority -- the members of elite forces are mainly white. About one in eight elite soldiers are minorities. Crawley discovered that this racial disparity is due to cultural and historical biases and a perception of racism among the members of these elite units.