June 7, 2012 Teachers and school administrators in Richmond, Calif., dramatically reduced student suspensions by adopting a youth court program and other new approaches to discipline. But critics of the new approach say dropping traditional punishment could compromise school safety.
May 31, 2012 The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, but the underemployment rate — that's people who work part time but want full-time work — is much higher. For many people, making ends meet means cobbling together temporary jobs. And, of course, there are some apps for that.
October 28, 2011 Witnesses say Scott Olsen was struck in the head by a projectile when clashes broke out Tuesday between Occupy Oakland protesters and police. At a vigil Thursday night, veterans gathered with protesters to pay tribute to Olsen. They say his story is a reminder of the dangers of excessive force.
October 18, 2011 TURNSTYLEIn 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
September 19, 2011 In the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., sex trafficking has been a problem since several motels moved into the community decades ago. In the past year, when parents and advocates realized pimps were targeting middle school girls, they started to hold rallies and marches and met with public officials and the police to stop the problem.
June 15, 2011 TURNSTYLEOnce a month, DIY media makers gather in Los Angeles to watch each other's TV minishows, then vote for the best. The underground event is called Channel 101 and the goal is to win enough audience votes to be invited back for another screening.
June 14, 2011 Youth Radio's Maya Cueva says her mother always taught her to never surrender to the manipulative ways of advertising. But recently, she had been wondering how much control she has over her thoughts. So she went to the corporate headquarters of NeuroFocus, a pioneer in the business of neuromarketing, to find out.
June 6, 2011 Sam Fuller of Albany, Calif., is part of a rare minority of home-schoolers who call themselves "unschooled" — a more unstructured, self-directed form of home schooling. He says that because he didn't have pressure from school and friends to tell him what to like, it was his responsibility to figure out how to spend his time.