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ACLU renews push for school policing law after our investigation

The numbers are troubling, the images and stories indelible. Despite years of pressure on schools to stop policing students, we found that students continue to suffer from encounters with law enforcement in communities big and small. In Maryland’s largest school district, police body camera footage captured an officer handcuffing a Black kindergarten student, telling the […]

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Criminalizing kids: What’s happening in communities

Students of color and those with disabilities face encounters with law enforcement at school at a higher rate than their peers. That’s according to an analysis of the latest student referral to police data from the Department of Education. The Center for Public Integrity in collaboration with USA TODAY and Univision examined these disparities on […]

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Lo que pasa cuando la policía es llamada para resolver problemas en las escuelas

Esta historia se produjo como parte de una colaboración con Univision, el Center for Public Integrity y USA TODAY. Un agente de seguridad escolar sacó a un alumno de tercer grado de una clase, lo llevó a un baño para empleados, cerró la puerta y lo regañó, diciéndole al aterrado estudiante que “dejara de llorar como una niña”. ¿Cuál […]

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Lo que necesitas saber sobre la vigilancia policial en las escuelas

Esta historia se produjo como parte de una colaboración con Univision, el Center for Public Integrity y USA TODAY. ¿Qué es una remisión a las fuerzas del orden? ¿Significa que el estudiante fue arrestado? Una remisión se produce cuando un empleado escolar reporta a un estudiante ante cualquier agencia o agente de la ley, incluyendo un agente de policía […]

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The history of school policing

First designed to protect recently desegregated schools, school police officer presence has grown in recent decades. Across the country, data shows that students of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately referred to law enforcement in schools and advocates are calling for reform. Click through this timeline to learn more about the origins and expansion of […]

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The future of Black home ownership in D.C.

Gentrification and the skyrocketing cost of housing is fueling wealth inequality in the nation’s capital. The Center for Public Integrity is partnering with the Washington Informer, a newspaper serving the D.C. area’s African American community for nearly 60 years, to investigate how gentrification is threatening Black home ownership in Washington, D.C. Understanding the struggles of […]

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The secret bias hidden in mortgage-approval algorithms

This story was reported by The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom investigating the effects of technology on society. The new four-bedroom house in Charlotte, N.C., was Crystal Marie and Eskias McDaniels’s personal American dream, the reason they had moved to this Southern town from pricey Los Angeles a few years ago. A lush, long lawn, 2,700 square […]

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Melissa Hellmann, Amy DiPierro and Sophie Austin join Public Integrity staff

Three journalists will join the staff of the Center for Public Integrity this fall and contribute to the nonprofit news organization’s investigative reporting on the causes and effects of inequality in the United States. Melissa Hellmann will start Aug. 24 as a reporter covering racial, gender and economic inequality. As a reporter for the Seattle […]

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Homeland Security: Noncitizens’ barriers to health care thwart COVID-19 progress

The Department of Homeland Security published a post-Trump report recently recognizing that immigrants are up to three times more likely to work in “essential” jobs with high risk of COVID-19 exposure than U.S.-born Americans. Essential workers who are not U.S. citizens are “especially vulnerable” to the virus, the report warns, because they also face multiple […]

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The U.N. says it’s torture. Judges ruled this school can use shock therapy anyway.

The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a private Massachusetts residential and day school, has for decades used shock therapy on students with developmental and emotional disabilities to curb aggressive behavior and self-harm. This month, the school won a reprieve from a proposed ban after a federal appeals court concluded that the March 2020 decision by the […]

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Kansas City lessons on supporting Black businesses that can work anywhere

Long before they were threatened by the economic shutdown associated with COVID-19, Dr. Karen Curls says that Black-owned small businesses were held back by the country’s “racial pandemic.” Curls, principal of Curls Jude Joseph, a real estate firm that does revitalization work in Kansas City, joined other leaders working to support Black business owners there […]

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Resistance to Medicaid expansion creates different health care access along state borders

An old bridge winds across the river between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Lake Superior Community Health Center maintains sites less than six miles apart. That bridge, says CEO Jessie Peterson, represents a barrier to how easily low-income patients on either side can access health care.  Peterson’s center maintains its hub in Duluth, where more low-income […]

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Another blow to working people during the pandemic: states snatching back tax refunds

This story was published in partnership with HuffPost. This story also appeared in HuffPost In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states and local governments temporarily suspended debt collection to ease the financial burden on struggling businesses and families. But one little-known practice has continued mostly unabated: deducting money from tax refunds to collect delinquent […]

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Q&A with Paul Cheung: ‘Who is journalism really serving?’

Paul Cheung will take over as CEO of the Center for Public Integrity on Aug. 9. Most recently director of journalism and technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, he will lead one of the country’s oldest nonprofit news organizations in its mission of investigative reporting about inequality.  We asked about his vision for the role […]

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Paul Cheung named CEO of the Center for Public Integrity

Paul Cheung, a veteran journalist and leading advocate for innovative change in media, has been named chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity. He’ll lead one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative news organizations as it builds the leading source of journalism focused on the causes and effects of inequality in America. Cheung […]