Susan Ferriss

Susan Ferriss is a reporter with wide experience at home and abroad. She has investigated a range of issues, from military toxic waste and real-estate fraud to police corruption and international drug trafficking. She covered California state government and politics for several years, and was a prize-winning foreign correspondent in Latin America, where her reports included stories on child labor, child migration and transnational gangs.

Recent posts

California Takes on Harsh Discipline and Academic Inequities for Black, Latino Students

Student at L.A.’s Jefferson High School

As the national debate over childhood inequities sharpens, recent developments in California highlight struggles over practices critics say deprive some kids of quality class time and fuel a “school-to-prison pipeline.”

New state legislation on discipline and truancy — along with lawsuits — are at the heart of these controversies in the Golden State. Continue Reading →

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Federal Complaint Challenges Texas Town’s New Ban on Housing any Border Kids

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Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. Continue Reading →

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States Urged to Embrace Alternatives to School Discipline Criminalizing Kids

The Council of State Governments Justice Center's School Discipline Consensus Report.

A prominent state lawmakers’ advisory group issued a major report Tuesday warning of the “school to prison” pipeline and offering multiple alternatives to harsh school discipline and police crackdowns on students. Continue Reading →

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