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  • Lessons Lost: How student churn holds back students and schools

    Erin Richards’ reporting launched a massive undertaking by a team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to obtain and analyze never-before-released state data that tracked student-by-student movement among Wisconsin schools. The data and reporting illustrated not only the extent of student churn in schools -- something that had never been comprehensively tracked through Wisconsin’s public and private schools that accept students on vouchers, and also not tracked nationally -- but also the causes and consequences through the stories of individual families and schools.
  • Mayor Lives Large While Detroit Struggles

    While the city of Detroit struggled through a massive job loss in 2005, its mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, lived a life of luxury on the public's tax dollars. According to The Detroit Free Press, investigating this story became difficult as the mayor refused to turnover public documents and flat out lied to his constituents. However, a lawsuit from the paper finally forced the mayor to hand over documents in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Teacher Turnover

    Because high levels of teacher turnover rates are a constant problem among schools in urban areas, this report looks at how Seattle's rate measures up. What they found was that one elementary school in a lower income neighborhood had the highest turnover rate in the city. The investigation also discovered discrepancies in the levels of teacher experience in the same school and looks at how these two factors affects students.
  • Health Department Director Under Fire

    "The stories examined the first six months in office for Alfred E. Adams, the head of the Volusia County Health Department, including the staff turnover, his relationships in the community and his dispute with the state over obtaining a Florida medical license. The investigation showed that he had ignored repeated requests from the state medical board for more information about his license application and that he had been chastised by his bosses for using the title of director without first obtaining the license. The investigation also showed that he had established a trend of missing meetings with civic and community leaders and that he had forced much of the department's senior administration to either resign or be fired."
  • U.S. Rep. Karen McCarthy's Troubling Performance

    The Associated Press reveals that five-term congresswoman, Karen McCarthy, has a pattern of skipped votes, high staff turnover and questionable office spending. For years she had missed important votes on the floor and in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She hired, fired and lost aides at a seemingly dysfunctional rate. Her legislative record shows she passed only one bill in eight and a half years. And she was trying to stick taxpayers with a campaign consultant's bill in violation of House rules. McCarthy announced her retirement one month after AP broke the allegations.
  • Great Expectations: A Tax Credit Designed to Spur Hiring Seems Promising -- at First

    The Journal reports on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, an incentive aimed at encouraging employers to hire people on welfare. The story focuses on Aramark, a company employing about 100,000 low wage workers in food courts, hospitals and convention centers. The well-intentioned idea, however, was not working. Aramark and other companies found the requirements were too tough.
  • Tough Love

    The News-Journal reports on abuse and neglect riddling the juvenile justice system in Volusia County, Fla. A teenager hangs himself in his cell, and the tragedy triggers an investigation to find what is behind the hundreds of abuse complaints and the soaring rates of delinquency and recidivism. The reporters find a system where more youths are committed for lesser offenses; guards make $7 per hour; training to ensure detainees' health and safety is neither required nor offered; and turnover among guards is encouraged rather than curbed.
  • Deadly Consequences, Ohio's Broken Mental Retardation System

    An investigation by the Dayton Daily News reveals that at least 30 mentally retarded people in Ohio have died from neglect since 1997. The authors link these deaths to understaffing and high turnover at group homes.
  • The sick legislature syndrome

    Governing reports on "the dangers of creeping partisanship" in the state legislatures. A major finding is that legislatures seem to be less partisan, when they are more of part-time bodies. The story compares the achievements of the "professional" legislatures - with full-time, large staff and stable membership, and the "citizen" ones - with part-time, small staff and high turnover, and hybrid. The two legislature types are exemplified with the Minnesota legislature, described as a "state-of-the art political institution," and the amateurish Tennessee's legislature. "Professionalism, partisanship and incivility are linked to each other in some unholy way," Governing reports.
  • Shortcut to Failure

    More people than ever are taking the General Education Development (GED) test in America, but some are beginning to say the 60 year-old program is becoming useless. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago (where the program was originally created during WWII) believe the test to be at an 8th-grade reading and writing level, not that of a high school equivalency. Unfortunately many employers and universities recognize the GED certificate as equal to a high school diploma, "making the GED, in effect, the nation's largest high school." Murphy investigates how the GED has become the choice for many people, ages 16 - 24; and why some researchers believe the people with a GED are more likely to break rules, drop out of college, and have a higher job turnover rate.