Schools’ Discipline So Harsh US DepEd Steps In

publicintegrity-AP091007034308‘Winning praise from civil rights advocates, the U.S. Department of Education released new federal guidelines Wednesday aimed at stopping an explosion in student suspensions, expulsions and referrals to the criminal-justice system.

‘The ideas are a response to mounting concerns that overly punitive discipline is pushing too many low-income and minority students out of schools and toward failure rather than helping them engage academically. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice teamed up in a two-year effort to develop lists of resources and principles that educators have found effective at keeping campuses orderly without resorting to kicking out kids…’

‘Swearing Toddler’ Taken Into Protective Custody
Some are amused by swearing children but imagine how the civil society will treat them in their adulthood
‘The child featured swearing in a video gone viral this week is now in protective custody. The police union in Omaha, Nebraska, made national headlines when it posted this video to its website showing what it called the “thug cycle.” (Via Omaha Police Officers Association)

“‘You a ho, n—a.” “You a ho, bitch.” “What’s up then?”

‘The posting made headlines this week as people debated whether this video was necessary or offensive. But now, the child featured in the video and three other children in that home are in the state of Nebraska’s Protective Custody.

“‘Prosecutors reviewed the video and have determined no criminal activity took place but authorities did find safety concerns in the home which led to removal of the children.”…’
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When Attorneys Refused A Medical Malpractice Case
‘As we reported, the medical malpractice system often discriminates against certain patients, particularly those with low incomes. Those who can’t get representation ­— often women, children or the elderly — are sometimes called the “hidden victims” of medical malpractice. Studies show that the problem isn’t limited to states that have strict limits on malpractice awards.

‘In addition to commenting on the story, many readers responded by filling out the ProPublica Patient Harm Questionnaire or by posting to ProPublica’s Patient Harm Facebook group. Both are part of our ongoing reporting about patient safety, and we invite you to check them out…’

1971 Burglary of FBI Office Proved Agency Had Become a “National Political Police”
‘On March 8, 1971, eight antiwar activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret Counter Intelligence Program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social and political movements, nicknamed COINTELPRO. The activists were never caught. On Tuesday the activists revealed their identities for the first time. Three of them appeared on Democracy Now! today: see parts 1 & part 2. On Tuesday Democracy Now! reached world-renowned dissident Noam Chomsky for his response to the news…’


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