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September 19, 1993 | CARL HARTMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Educating girls as well as boys may be the best investment developing countries can make in their futures, according to a new study by the World Bank. Women with even an elementary education raise the living standard in a poor country, argues Elizabeth M. King, one of the study's authors. They have fewer children, take better care of those they do have, work better at home and earn more when they take a job or market their own crops, she said.
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September 2, 1993 | DOUG McCLELLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 257 students at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park, this summer seems truly endless. Officials of the Oak Park Unified School District have postponed their first day of school from Tuesday to Sept. 20. District officials opted to delay the beginning of classes rather than scramble to get the still unfinished school ready in time. Students will make up the eight days of lost class time during the school year.
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June 22, 1993 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mito Mitov's first life was a full one. He went to college in his native Bulgaria and worked for 25 years in a steel plant before seeking asylum here. This month, Mitov marked a milestone in his second life: He passed the eighth grade. The 49-year-old metallurgical engineer was one of more than 1,000 adults who were awarded an eighth-grade diploma this year, the most modest certificate issued by the Los Angeles Unified School District's Adult Education Division.
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June 22, 1993 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mito Mitov's first life was a full one. He went to college in his native Bulgaria, and worked 25 years in a steel plant before seeking asylum in the United States. This month, Mitov marked a milestone in his second life: He passed the eighth grade. The 49-year-old metallurgical engineer was one of more than 1,000 adults who this year were awarded eighth-grade diplomas, the most modest certificate issued by the Los Angeles Unified Schools' Adult Education Division.
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June 7, 1993 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year Jared White, an English-speaking 6-year-old from West Hills, has had to do what Spanish-speaking children in Los Angeles have done for generations: Attend school in a language he didn't understand. At first, said his mother, Barbara White, it was tough going. But she and others who have enrolled their children in Hamlin Street School's language academy believe the effort will pay off. "The world is changing, the marketplace in the future will value languages. . . .
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May 31, 1993 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Years ago, students who performed well in school were recognized with a coveted spot on the honor roll or a shiny gold star on a spelling test. Now, good work or behavior brings material as well as psychic payoffs: a Dodger T-shirt, a free pass to Disneyland or a coupon for a hamburger. In Southern California and across the nation, these tokens have become as commonplace as lunch recess, especially in elementary schools.
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May 29, 1993 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
Can a string, a paper clip and a plastic foam cup really simulate the sound of a lion roaring? And who can tell the difference between an apple and a potato when both are eaten with eyes closed and nose pinched? Students at Glenview Elementary School answered those and other questions Friday at the school's annual Science Day, a morning-long event filled with hands-on science lessons.
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May 29, 1993 | LESLIE EARNEST
The 20th Century vanished briefly for dozens of fourth-graders Friday as they donned Elizabethan costumes, munched on meat pies and twirled themselves around a Maypole as part of Top of the World Elementary School's 12th annual Shakespeare Faire. The 16th-Century celebration is the culmination of an eight-week study of the days of William Shakespeare that is almost as much fun for the children as it is for their parents.
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May 29, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
Huntington Christian School third-grade students pretended to be pioneers Friday at a local park after completing a semester's study of frontier America. The students, dressed in sunbonnets and other Western wear, cooked stew and biscuits, washed plates in a tub, churned butter, pulled taffy, sat in a 1915 Maxwell automobile and competed to see who could spit a watermelon seed the farthest.
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May 27, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Sylmar elementary schools agreed Wednesday to give parents a choice of campuses next school year in an effort to grant them more authority over the education of their children. The decision came just a few days after Gov. Pete Wilson announced that the controversial school choice initiative would go before voters in a special Nov. 2 election.
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