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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The bright blue afternoon sky matched the gowns that billowed as students made the long walk — four at a time — around the Locke High School football field. They lined up behind the stage to receive their diplomas. Photos: 'Original' Locke students graduate Raquel Michel managed not to shed a single tear as she and fellow counselor Stephanie Nunez-Marroquin called the names of the students they had gotten to know so well. Kelvin Miller Michel put down the microphone and let out a joyous scream.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials are examining whether three students who flunked a required course should have been allowed to make up the class in a few days at another campus and then return to graduate with their classmates. Several teachers criticized the quick turnaround as inappropriate, saying it made a mockery of academic standards. They also questioned whether the well-liked students had received favorable treatment. Local administrators, however, insisted that the students instigated the transfers themselves and worked within the rules of the system to make up credits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1992
We should applaud Laguna Beach for making community service a requirement for graduation from high schools. I believe the students will likely end up reaping more benefits than the community since their participation may well boost their self-esteem by discovering that they do have something to offer their community. Perhaps we should go a step further by requiring all parents to be actively involved in their education process. Those who fail to comply may be compelled to pay a fee which would supplement our schools' dwindling budgets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
California State University is embarking on an ambitious initiative to raise its graduation rates and help more low-income and minority students earn degrees, even as it faces perhaps the grimmest budget outlook in its history. The university is setting a goal of boosting its six-year graduation rate by 8% by 2016, bringing it to 54%, in line with the top national averages at similar institutions. University leaders say they hope to raise graduation rates for underrepresented minority students by 10%, cutting in half what has been a thorny achievement gap in degree completion compared with white students.
OPINION
June 15, 1986
I am glad that Dan Brodhead is delighted that he'll have a religion-free graduation, because I'm mad as hell. Without consulting any statistics, I feel I can safely say that the people who do not object to a prayer at graduation ceremonies are in the majority. I am outraged (but not surprised) that the Los Angeles Unified School District would give in to the demands of one family when faced with a lawsuit. If the Brodheads are able to exhibit such clout and feel so strongly about separation of church and state, I suggest they tackle two other "little things."
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | United Press International
A federal court Thursday, acting on the request of two graduating seniors, stopped a high school from holding a prayer service during commencement. Drew Brody and Jennifer Hohnstine, who are to graduate from Downingtown Area High School today, asked for the order Thursday, saying that the benediction, to be delivered by a minister, makes non-Christians feel like "second-class citizens." U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
A special graduation ceremony for about 150 Latino students at Cal State Northridge is scheduled today in the school's University Club garden. First held in 1969 by a group of Chicano students and professors looking to assert their cultural identity at the school, the annual Chicano/Latino Graduation ceremony now celebrates the range of Latin American heritages at CSUN. At the event, friends and family members will be treated to folklorico dance performances and live music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
Students attending California State University may be in for a dose of tough love as they are asked to choose majors more quickly, be more disciplined about attending class and be willing to sacrifice family time and outside activities to earn their degrees, several campus presidents said Wednesday. They spoke during a meeting of Cal State's Board of Trustees at which university officials formally announced an ambitious initiative to raise graduation rates, particularly for students who are from minority groups and low-income households.
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