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June 21, 1988
"Punishing Dropouts" (editorial, June 10) was altogether predictable, at least to this veteran of 25 years in Los Angeles schools. When State Sen. Gary K. Hart's (D-Santa Barbara)legislation in question was first reported in The Times my first thought was, "I wonder how long it'll be before The Times will oppose it editorially." It took longer than I expected. Good homes continue to be the major factor in making good schools. Discipline is defined as: "Training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Thousands of California students in foster care are suffering from an "invisible achievement gap," with worse academic performance, a higher dropout rate and placement in more failing schools than their statewide peers, according to a study set for release Monday. The study , which provides the first detailed statewide look at foster youths and their academic challenges, was made possible by a new data-sharing agreement between the state education and social services agencies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2009 | Howard Blume and Jason Song
The dropout rate in the Los Angeles Unified School District declined almost 17% -- welcome news in a school system beleaguered by budget cuts and ongoing battles over future reforms. The dropout rate for the 2007-08 school year came in at 26.4%, down from 31.7% for the previous year and among the largest improvements in the state. L.A. Unified still trails all other large urban school systems in California except Oakland Unified.
OPINION
September 30, 2013 | By Arne Duncan and Kamala D. Harris
Millions of desks sit empty in elementary school classrooms because of truancy each year, costing schools billions of dollars, wasting public resources and squandering one of the country's most precious resources: its young people. We tend to think of truancy as something that starts in junior high or high school, but nationwide, about 1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss a month of school each year due to absences. In California, you could fill Staples Center 13 times over with the 250,000 students who missed 18 days or more last year.
OPINION
April 12, 2008
Re "Who's a dropout?" editorial, April 6 I have a suggestion for counting students who don't graduate from California high schools. All schools have a given number of students who enter ninth grade each year and each school also has a given number of students who graduate each year. By comparing these data over several years and for each high school, it would be easy to establish an accurate pattern of actual dropouts. One local high school has more than 900 students who enter the ninth grade each year and fewer than 400 students graduate each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1991
More than 100 school dropouts whose alternative education program in Reseda was shut down last month can resume their studies today at a new education center just blocks from the old school. School officials announced Tuesday that students who formerly attended classes at the Fully Alive Center will be able to pick up where they left off by attending the Poseidon School on Sherman Way, just east of Reseda Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992
Here are the dropout rates for high school districts in Los Angeles County. Rates listed are based on the number of students who entered 10th grade but had quit by the end of 12th grade. Figures are expressed as percentages of student enrollment. CLASS CLASS CLASS %CHANGE DISTRICT OF 1986 OF 1990 OF 1991 1986 TO 1991 ABC Unified 12.4 14.8 11.8 -4.8 Alhambra City 14.6 10.7 15.5 +6.2 Antelope Valley Union 68.4 15.9 23.4 -65.8 Arcadia Unified 7.8 11.7 7.1 -9.0 Azusa Unified 53.5 4.8 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990
The Los Angeles Unified School District will hold open houses for high school dropouts today at several of its adult education centers throughout the area. The centers offer classes leading to a high school diploma, as well as vocational training in areas such as auto repair, computer technology, horticulture, health services, electronics, clerical and business. The classes are free to high school dropouts and students receive job placement help.
NEWS
July 17, 1986
The Downey Unified School District Tuesday approved a $70,000 pilot program called Project Success to stem the high number of high school dropouts. The program will be staffed by two teachers, who will have classes with 15 or fewer students in English, math and science. The two classes--for incoming ninth-graders who have failed four or more classes during middle school--will be at Warren and Downey high schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996
Los Angeles will receive $3 million in federal funds for a pilot job-training program targeting high school dropouts in Watts, U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Riech announced Thursday. "High school dropouts are considered high risk for crime and delinquency," Mayor Richard Riordan said in a written statement. "Taking action to steer them in the right direction early will increase the likelihood that young Angelenos will have a fighting chance to become successful, contributing adults."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Fred Katz, a musician, composer and educator who helped introduce the cello to jazz, died Sept. 7 in Santa Monica from complications of kidney failure and liver cancer. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his son, Hyman Katz. A child prodigy on piano and cello, Katz studied under Pablo Casals and performed with the National Symphony in Washington. He also backed Lena Horne and Tony Bennett on piano before bridging the gap between classical training and improvisation in the vibrant L.A. jazz scene of the '50s as part of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
More than half of the teachers and staff at Crenshaw High School, including two teachers union representatives, are being displaced by a campus reorganization process ordered by L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy. The school board in January endorsed Deasy's plan to remake the traditional high school into three magnets and require teachers to reapply for their jobs. The move came after years of high dropout rates and low student test scores at the school. Student action clubs disseminated a survey on campus after the board's vote and presented its results at a meeting this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88. A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet and artist, Mead was visiting family in Colorado when he had a stroke, said his niece, Priscilla Mead. Called "the Charlie Chaplin of the 1960s underground," Mead was an elfin figure with kewpie-doll eyes who appeared, by his count, in 130 films, starting with the 1960 art house classic "The Flower Thief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
State officials Tuesday reported slight improvements in dropout and graduation rates and continued gains made by Latino and African American students. Overall, the state dropout rate declined by 1.5 percentage points to 13.2% for the class of 2012, when compared to the class of 2011. For Latinos, the improvement was 2.1 percentage points; for African Americans, it was 3.1%. The state graduation rate was 78.5%, up 1.4 percentage points from 2011, with larger gains among Latinos and African Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
The corner of 4th and Gless streets in East Los Angeles, once a center of prostitution and drugs, now houses a place of soaring dreams. Inside the gleaming Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, a classroom of young people battered by hard luck or bad choices is filled with quiet, focused energy. Marcos Avila, a 19-year-old who was kicked out of high school for fighting, is learning to compare and contrast two essays. Vincent Guzman, 18, who left school after his brother was killed in a drive-by shooting, is puzzling over two-step algebraic problems.
OPINION
November 2, 2012
The teachers union objected to how much an academic intervention program for teenagers might cost. The Obama administration insisted that grant approval be tied to whether teachers are evaluated in part based on their students' test scores. Both parties refused to compromise. And as a result of stubborn officials clinging to their ideological positions, the students of the Los Angeles Unified School District are probably out of the running for a $40-million grant that could have reduced dropout rates and boosted achievement.
NEWS
March 20, 1986
Supt. Tom Giugni has agreed to meet with representatives of a coalition of Latino organizations to discuss their demand that the school board initiate a comprehensive five-year plan to deal with the problem of Latino school dropouts. "The magnitude of the problem is catastrophic," Ramon Cruz told the school board at its regular meeting Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | Associated Press
With the economy demanding a more educated work force, more dropouts are obtaining GED high school equivalency diplomas, according to a survey released Monday by the testing program. The half-million GED recipients in 1999 remain, however, a tiny fraction of the more than 45 million Americans who never finished high school. About one in seven high school diplomas issued each year is a General Educational Development certificate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2012 | By Curtis Eichelberger, Bloomberg News
Art Modell, a marketing executive who helped negotiate the NFL's first television contract and later enraged fans when he moved the Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, has died. He was 87. Modell died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens announced. He had a history of heart problems. "Art Modell's leadership was an important part of the NFL's success during the league's explosive growth during the 1960s and beyond," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2012 | Sam Quinones, Kim Murphy and Joe Mozingo
Three days after the mass shooting at a Batman movie screening in Colorado, the profile of the suspected killer has only become more ambiguous and confounding. At first, the image of James E. Holmes was of an incredibly smart, hopelessly shy young man who barely spoke -- a loner isolated in a brilliant mind. Then people came forward and said, yes, he was quiet, but he had circles of friends with whom he joked around and socialized. He was a counselor at a camp in the hills above Glendale in 2008, and snapshots from camp show him beaming.
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