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January 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police late Wednesday went to a North Hollywood elementary school after a 10-year-old girl told officials that a man had tried to kidnap her, authorities said. The girl was apparently involved in an after-school program at Coldwater Canyon Elementary School when she said a man tried to grab her from behind as she walked to a restroom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "Somehow this girl got away … and told the principal," Officer Gregory Baek said.
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OPINION
March 13, 2014
Re "Harris calls truancy a 'crisis,'" March 11 Truancy is one of those easy metrics to monitor, if not control. Harder is providing the kind of education that makes students - wait for it, wait for it - want to go to class. Large school-system bureaucracies lack the administrative agility and wisdom to challenge the assumption that it's normal for kids to hate school. "But at least we can force them to come to school" is the lazy response. The problem isn't that kids fail to attend; it is that our schools fail to give them a reason to attend that makes sense to them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Jason Felch
A mentally ill man who had threatened to terrorize a Garden Grove elementary school was back in custody Saturday night, about 24 hours after escaping from his Santa Ana mental health facility, officials said. Norris Phuoc Nguyen, 23, escaped Friday afternoon from Royale Health Care Center at Bristol Street and Warner Avenue, where he was being treated for various mental health issues, authorities said. Nguyen had earlier said he intended to take “total control” of an elementary school in Garden Grove, targeting children and a specific teacher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Warning that truancy has reached a crisis level in California elementary schools, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and half a dozen lawmakers proposed a raft of bills Monday aimed at keeping kids in school. Harris said 30% of elementary school students were truant in the 2012-13 school year. "California's Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis," Harris said. "When children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up. " A child is considered truant after missing school or being tardy by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Sam Quinones
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- State officials moved the bodies of those slain in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School as officials on Saturday prepared to give new details about the rampage that left 20 children and six adults dead there. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner for autopsies to determine the manner and cause of death, state police announced Saturday morning. Earlier Saturday, speaking on CBS' “This Morning,” Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the bodies were removed from the school after investigators worked through the night to complete the identification process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Alana Semuels and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEWTOWN, Conn. - A gunman massacred 20 children and six adults at a suburban elementary school here Friday morning before killing himself in what appeared to be the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, authorities said. Sources said Adam Lanza, 20, earlier killed his mother at home and then drove her Honda to Sandy Hook Elementary School equipped with firearms that were registered to one or both of his divorced parents. Clad in military fatigues and carrying two semiautomatic pistols, he entered the school, argued with someone in the hallway and then opened fire on staff members and children around 9:30 a.m., a law enforcement source said.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
NEWTOWN, CONN. - How could this happen? And why? Msgr. Robert Weiss could offer limited comfort to the afflicted citizens of this traumatized New England town in the aftermath of an unimaginable slaughter. "We know there is no answer," Weiss told an overflow crowd Friday evening at a wrenching memorial service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Earlier, he had spent five hours inside a fire station next to Sandy Hook Elementary School with the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of slain children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994
Trustees of the Irvine Unified School District recently awarded a $350,000 contract to PJHM, a San Clemente architectural firm, to design the proposed Northwood Point Elementary School. The firm also designed Meadow Park Elementary School and the new South Lake Middle School. The Northwood Point school was originally expected to open in the fall of 1997, but opening may be delayed for a year so that its development coincides with that of the adjacent Northwood Point community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1997
Construction is underway on a new Saddleback Valley Unified School District elementary school in Rancho Santa Margarita. The new school, at the corner of Melinda Road and Rancho Trabuco, will serve kindergarten through sixth-grade students. It is Saddleback Valley's third elementary campus in the growing Rancho Santa Margarita area and the 26th elementary school in the district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Rosa Estrada wanted some serious changes at her child's Cudahy elementary school. She joined efforts last fall demanding new leadership amid complaints that the principal had failed to address campus bullying, boost academic performance or work collaboratively. Estrada said none of her numerous calls to L.A. Unified's south area administrators were returned. And in November, after parents submitted a petition to the L.A. Unified Board of Education signed by more than 600 people demanding the principal's removal, they were told the document had been misplaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police late Wednesday went to a North Hollywood elementary school after a 10-year-old girl told officials that a man had tried to kidnap her, authorities said. The girl was apparently involved in an after-school program at Coldwater Canyon Elementary School when she said a man tried to grab her from behind as she walked to a restroom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "Somehow this girl got away … and told the principal," Officer Gregory Baek said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger law....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Manhattan Beach police searched Friday for a man caught on surveillance tape lighting half a dozen fires on the campus of an elementary school. The fires were set between 12:24 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Nov. 17. Police said one of the blazes burned a bulletin board outside a classroom at Robinson Elementary School. "Although most of the fires set burned for a short amount of time, the subject can be seen attempting to start a large fire on the school grounds," Manhattan Police Department officials said this week in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Stephen Ceasar
Mark Berndt, the teacher who committed lewd acts against nearly two dozen Los Angeles schoolchildren, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after facing the parents of his victims, many of whom berated him for stealing the innocence of their children. Berndt, who taught at Miramonte Elementary School for three decades, pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd conduct. The allegations against him included spoon-feeding semen to blindfolded children as part of what he purportedly called a "tasting game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
In an effort to eliminate parking problems caused largely by school sports activities, only residents will be allowed to park on streets near Wagner Elementary School under a measure approved this week by the City Council. The action came after residents urged the council to impose permit parking on portions of Trumpet Avenue, Anderson Street, Hawthorne Street, Tennyson Avenue, Steinbeck Street, Shaw Circle and Seville Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Richard Winton and Howard Blume
The teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including feeding them cookies tainted with semen, has agreed to plead no contest, sources said Thursday. Mark Berndt has agreed to a sentence of 25 years in prison, multiple sources told The Times. Berndt, 62, is scheduled to enter the no contest plea Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and to withdraw his not guilty plea in connection with the more than yearlong L.A. County sheriff's investigation into his conduct at the school.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers named Lucky and Flo sniffed out bootleg DVDs. The series was part of a school education campaign led by the MPAA. Now that group, along with the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the nation's main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of piracy.
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