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Police Departments Are Becoming Mini-NSAs: MuckReads Weekly

Note: After this week, we’re going to be putting MuckReads Weekly on ice for a bit as we juggle a few things and think about how to make it better.

Police departments collect information about anyone they approach and observe — and store it indefinitely. One man in Charleston has over 1,000 entries. (Post and Courier)

Officials in Texas decided in 2004 that only 8.5 percent of students should be put in special education classes — no matter how many kids need the extra help. Districts have in turn pushed parents to private schools, falsely told them there’s a wait list for special-ed, or in some cases have simply ignored parents’ requests all together. (Houston Chronicle)

In one recent school year, 19,000 public school students in Alabama were paddled. The racial disparity is clear: While only a quarter of girls in schools that paddle are African-American, African-Americans account for half of all girls paddled. (

After Scott Walker met with Donald Trump, Trump donated $15,000 to a Wisconsin dark-money group, according to records obtained by The Guardian. Dark money groups are not allowed to directly coordinate with candidates. A similar $10,000 check cut by another executive had this in the memo: “Because Scott Walker asked.” (The Guardian)

Recreational use of Adderall jumped from 345,000 people 26 and older in 2006 to 1.4 million in 2014. And more than 19,000 complications from ADHD drugs have been reported since 2013. Of the experts on the panel that approved a broader definition of ADHD, 78 percent had ties to drug companies. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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