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July 24, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
CinemaScore, the polling service whose grades for movies have become a widely used shorthand for what the public thinks of a new release, is posting its grades on a public website for the first time. The Las Vegas-based company this week launched a redesigned version of its website featuring grades for films released in the past three months. Visitors to can now see that "The Dark Knight Rises" got an A, for instance, while "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" received a C+. New grades are typically posted late Friday night.
April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
August 22, 1993
I know nothing of Professor (Hugh) Glenn's teaching ability, but I strongly endorse his stand on grades based on performance ("College Standards, Student Performance Decline," Aug. 16.). FRANCIS TSCHIRGI Santa Ana
April 11, 2014 | By Rong Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia, Doug Smith
Mayor Eric Garcetti wants buildings across Los Angeles to be graded for their seismic safety in an ambitious plan to help residents understand the earthquake risks of their office buildings and apartments. Garcetti announced what would be the nation's first seismic safety grading system for buildings during his State of the City address Thursday, when he also for the first time said he supports some type of mandatory retrofitting of older buildings that have a risk of collapse in a major earthquake.
July 21, 1991
The public furor aroused by the recent elimination of F grades by the San Diego city schools is further evidence of the need for two fundamental changes in education. These vital reforms are: (1) parental choice as to the schools children attend and (2) self-governing, autonomous schools, free of interference from educational bureaucrats. For years, professional educators have argued fervidly over the merits and disadvantages of eliminating failing grades. Parents cannot look to the experts for any consensus on this issue.
December 19, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Students at Corona del Mar High School and a private tutor are under investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer system to change grades and access tests, officials said. The students could face criminal charges on top of disciplinary action from the school, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the Daily Pilot reported . "We are shocked and disappointed by the unethical and irresponsible behavior exhibited by the involved students," district spokeswoman Laura Boss said in a statement Wednesday.
October 13, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
If you need some inspiration and hope, let me introduce you to Marcus Stamps, a 16-year-old running back-linebacker at Los Angeles Jefferson who keeps overcoming obstacles and odds. He gets A's in trigonometry and honors chemistry. He's 6 feet, 198 pounds, benches 285 pounds and runs 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. He raced 97 yards for a touchdown last month against Washington Prep. He has rushed for 519 yards and averaged 8.8 tackles a game in helping lead Jefferson to a 5-0 record. And, since he was 7, Stamps says, he has had no contact with his mother or father.
Jeff Higgins said the consistent B grades became an embarrassment. Customers, seeing the health inspection grade posted at the South Pasadena restaurant where he works, wondered what was going on in the kitchen: Rats? Cockroaches? A cook sneezing on the Caesar salad? "These were the images people were getting," said Higgins, an assistant manager at Shaker's, a steak and salad restaurant on Fair Oaks Avenue.
June 2, 1986 | Associated Press
The Board of Education has agreed to test a proposal that pupils be allowed to progress at their own pace in grades one through three, the United Federation of Teachers said Sunday. The plan was offered by union President Sandra Feldman and accepted by schools Chancellor Nathan Quinones, spokesmen for the union and Board of Education said. "There is nothing sacred about yearlong grades," Feldman said.
August 4, 1985 | Associated Press
Former Southern Methodist All-American wide receiver Jerry LeVias says he is paying cash to three current SMU football players for good grades because he is trying to fight a system he says doesn't encourage athletes to earn college degrees. "My answer is to fight fire with fire," LeVias told the Dallas Times Herald Saturday. "You have to motivate them some way. What are you going to do? Somebody is going to be there to just give them money for the hell of it."
March 19, 2014
Re "Common Core learning curve," Editorial, March 14 As a middle school language arts teacher, I see the new Common Core curriculum as a necessary improvement. It requires students to think deeply about what they have read and to justify their positions based on textual evidence. The readings are rigorous, and neither students nor parents are used to this. These expectations are now cross-curricular and no longer just the responsibility of English teachers. Assessments require constructed responses and not so many multiple-choice questions.
March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers. "I asked about the sneaker dress code," said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn't like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. "Apparently it was not a problem. " It was the movie industry's biggest night and Levie didn't waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.
February 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It happened so fast that Paramount's Joe Brown must have jet lag. Last week, Paramount Coach Matt Howard emailed more than 50 colleges letting them to know that the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Brown had improved his SAT score and was now NCAA eligible. He included links to Hudl, grades and a transcript. On Wednesday, UTEP made an offer. In the afternoon, right before he was heading home, Howard got a call from Miami. The school wanted Brown to come to Miami on a flight the next morning.
February 5, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
An administrator for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District resigned Wednesday after alleging the school district badly mishandled a computer-hacking scandal that resulted in the expulsion of 11 students. Jane Garland, who was deeply involved in the case for months as the district's head of discipline, said the district ignored her recommendations to give the students a lighter punishment. “They didn't stop to think about it,” Garland said. “They went ahead, and these children got destroyed in the newspapers.” Garland, in an email to school board members and administrators, called the handling of the expulsions “a total farce” and said the way in which students were selected for punishment seemed “arbitrary.” Eleven students were expelled last week from high-achieving Corona del Mar High School amid allegations they were involved in a scheme to hack into the district computer system to change grades and access exams.
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Hunter Greene, a freshman pitcher-infielder from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has committed to UCLA. He has been a top travel-ball player with good grades and skills.  
January 30, 2014 | By Hannah Fry and Joe Mozingo
Although no charges have been filed against the students and a tutor involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, a search warrant indicates police were looking at possible felony counts. On Wednesday, 11 students were expelled. School officials say a tutor who worked with some of the students masterminded a scheme in which students obtained the passwords and log-on information of teachers and hacked into the district computer system to change grades and access exams.
A new discount card that rewards UC Irvine undergraduates who get good grades with goodies like free hamburgers and cheaper ice cream has many on campus wondering why such benefits are offered to adult students who already have enough reasons to succeed. "I think college students have more important things on their minds," said freshman Michael Boswell. "What motivates them is probably something more than 10% off a cheeseburger."
August 11, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad, Los Angeles Times
Nine-year-old Alyssa Rosado has the sort of sweet face and pleasant personality that invite a warm hug. Her delicate and bashful mannerism draws people to her. Her favorite subject at San Pedro Elementary School in L.A. is math and she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. "I like to watch 'Grey's Anatomy' because they help sick people. I want to do that too," said Alyssa, playfully adjusting her colorful summer dress. But earlier this year she was falling behind in school.
January 30, 2014 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation. I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film, an ongoing joke starting with a crossword puzzle. Feckless may be a hard word to make funny, ahem, but it does come in handy in describing a slight film that mostly squanders its fine cast on frothy banter and silly escapades. Borrowed bikes and shared bongs are typical of the adults' risky business after they escape the tour.
January 29, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The panic in the college application process may be easing a bit. That's the way some experts are interpreting statistics in a new report that shows a slight decline in the number of high school seniors who apply to seven or more colleges. That decline in 2012 was the first in 20 years, according to the study by the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  It had swelled from 9% in 1992 to 29% in 2011. Then the share of students applying to seven or more schools declined to 28%. "In good news, there are some indicators that there may be an end in sight to the application scramble among students and colleges,” said the report, entitled “2013 State of College Admissions.”  It also said that anecdotal evidence suggests some colleges are “curbing efforts to bring in as many applications as possible, in favor of more focused targeting of 'good-fit' students who would be likely to attend.” In related matters, the study found that colleges continue to consider students' grades in high school college prep courses by far the most important factor in admissions decisions.
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