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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1991 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego city secondary school students will continue to receive F grades if they fail a course, but they will have a chance to earn a higher mark if they take the class again and pass it. In the face of spirited opposition from many principals and teachers, as well as the public, city schools trustees Tuesday backed down from a controversial policy passed only last month to eliminate F grades in secondary schools and replace them with a no-credit mark.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City schools trustees approved a new promotion-retention policy Tuesday that is strong on general statements, but short on such specifics as how teachers can make a major difference for students who are not doing well in school.
NEWS
March 15, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Florida's groundbreaking school voucher program was cast into doubt Tuesday when a judge ruled that the plan--which uses state money to pay for private school tuition--is unconstitutional. Under the program championed by Gov. Jeb Bush, 52 children in Pensacola are using vouchers worth up to $3,400 each to attend private school. They were eligible to do so after the public elementary schools in which they had been enrolled were declared failing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1994 | BETH SHUSTER
Beryl Ward, the former principal at Northridge Middle School chronicled in a Times special section last year, has been transferred at her request to Van Nuys Middle School, officials said Thursday. Ward asked for the transfer after a year of turmoil in which teachers openly clashed with administrators, said John Liechty, who oversees the district's middle schools unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1996 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Students prone to cheating may want to make a New Year's resolution to change their test-taking habits. Starting as early as January, a high school student caught cheating four times may be transferred to an alternative campus, such as Pacific High School, under a new academic honesty policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1996 | MIGUEL HELFT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a show of support for a Ventura High School teacher who is suing two of her students, fellow educators have set up a fund to help pay her legal fees, school officials said. Sue McEwen, an English teacher, filed a lawsuit in December against juniors Matthew Lee and Cliff Hawthorne, whom she accused of stealing and duplicating a rubber signature stamp she uses to validate homework assignments. "There has been a tremendous amount of support for Sue McEwen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a year of windier weather, Ventura County's very smoggy skies are getting a little bit cleaner. Ventura County was ranked the 14th smoggiest county in California during the three years from 1997 to 1999, according to a report card released by the state chapter of the American Lung Assn. That's down from seventh during the three-year period from 1996 to 1998. But the county still earned a grade of F--as did 32 other counties--for its air quality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center improved slightly from an F to a D in a national hospital safety report released Wednesday, while Cedars-Sinai Medical Center stayed at a C grade.  The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit healthcare quality organization, based the scores on an analysis of infections, injuries, medication errors and other problems that cause patient harm or death. The organization publicizes the scores in an effort to inform patients and reduce safety problems, said Leah Binder, president and chief executive of the organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1998
Though a National Academy of Sciences report laments that many public school students have little or no exposure to the theory of evolution, the draft version of California's new standards for science instruction does not avoid the issue. Examples: Grades 6-8 * Students know that genetic differences within a population often result in individual variations in form and function.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee of the Brea Olinda Unified School District alerted top administrators last November of illegal grade-changing at the district's award-winning high school, but then-Supt. Edgar Z. Seal apparently misplaced the employee's written warning before reading it, district records revealed Monday.
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