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Emily's high school boyfriend likes to play a little game with her. Resting his 180-pound frame on her slight 17-year-old body, he holds her down by her wrists until they bruise, tickling her until she starts to cry and loses her breath. He won't stop until she calls him "Daddy." If she goes out, she must call him as soon as she returns home. Most important, she is allowed to talk to only three girls at school, and he had better not catch her talking to any guys--or else.
February 13, 2009 | Tony Barboza
High schoolers will have an easier time earning diplomas after the school board decided this week to reduce graduation requirements from 240 to 220 credits. The board of Orange County's largest school district voted 4 to 1 late Tuesday to cut world geography, earth science, health, and college and career planning as required courses as a way to retain more students. Administrators and school counselors said the move will free up jammed student schedules and boost graduation rates. Santa Ana raised its requirements in 2000 to among the state's strictest, saying the higher standards would challenge more students to aim for college.
There seemed to be as many NCAA staffers as media types in the room for the pre-convention luncheon with Executive Director Cedric W. Dempsey. Similarly, turnout by the membership has decreased. The number of preregistered delegates dropped about 20% from 1997, most of the shortfall accounted for by Division I members. So, has the NCAA restructured its convention all the way out of public view? Major changes impacting Division I schools won't be happening in full view.
February 2, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
Briana Ramirez and Troy Harrington, both seniors at Santa Monica High School, recently spent an afternoon at a local community center, searching the Internet for college scholarships. Thousands of results appeared on the computer screen, making the confusing process even more daunting. But nearby was a walking, talking college resource, ready to answer their questions.
May 8, 1990 | JOHN IRWIN, JOHN IRWIN, a sociology professor at San Francisco State University, is the author of three books on the American prison system. Irwin was convicted on an armed robbery charge in 1952 and was paroled in 1957. The Times asked his views on prisoner rehabilitation. and
After years of minor convictions for minor offenses, some jail time and finally a prison sentence, I decided it was time to change. I began to prepare myself for release from prison by polishing up on high school courses and taking a few college correspondence courses. When I was released, I enrolled at San Francisco State. In those years (1950s) there was a very developed rhetoric about rehabilitation and there was some attempt to actualize that rhetoric.
August 7, 1986
Mark Keppel High School in Monterey Park, John Muir High School in Pasadena and San Marino High School each have 16 students enrolled in Caltech's Summer Secondary School Science Project. Caltech has 370 young scholars from 18 states and five foreign countries taking special math and science courses, including molecular biology, physics, trigonometry and calculus. The classes supplement standard high school courses and are taught by Caltech undergraduates.
December 29, 1988 | Associated Press
American high school students have an alarming deficiency of economic knowledge, according to a survey that revealed two-thirds didn't understand profits and more than half couldn't supply a definition for demand. Economic education is "not in the kind of shape we want it to be," former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul A. Volcker said Wednesday at a news conference sponsored by the Joint Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit coalition that underwrote the survey.
June 21, 1988
Los Angeles school district officials on Monday turned the first shovelful of dirt in the construction of a new East Los Angeles high school for students interested in health professions. The Lincoln Medical Magnet High School will "help meet the manpower needs" of hospitals, nursing homes and medical laboratories, Supt. Leonard Britton said during ground-breaking ceremonies at the site near Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to accept the latest contribution to help fund a Junior Police Academy for Los Angeles high school students interested in a career in law enforcement. The $45,000 contribution was the last installment of $284,000 pledged by the 20th Century Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills for supplies, salaries and other costs in the first 18 months of the program.
May 22, 1988 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education has agreed to purchase 50 portable classrooms, several of which are earmarked for the endangered Bell High School program at Harbor College. While most of the portables will be used to relieve crowded conditions in schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, several are destined for Harbor College so that Bell High School can continue to send some ninth-graders to study on the Wilmington campus.
August 13, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The University of California did not violate students' freedom of expression and religion when it rejected some classes at a Riverside-area Christian school from counting toward UC admission, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled.
April 1, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Today a high school, tomorrow an orchard (with a high school attached). That was sort of the idea when students from the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale got down and dirty helping to plant some 60 fruit trees and shrubs on their small campus near Hawthorne Boulevard. The school, now in its seventh year, has an environmental focus and a college preparatory curriculum.
March 1, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Alex Schwertfeger doesn't know what college she wants to attend. But the Notre Dame High School junior is convinced that the key to entry at her dream school is the SAT. To boost her score, she attended a pricey private prep class and spent countless hours at home studying drills and completing practice tests. Before she went to bed many nights, she flipped through flashcards of the 200 most popular vocabulary words to appear on the test.
March 28, 2006 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Georgia's Legislature on Monday passed a bill to fund elective Bible courses in public high schools, sparking concern among 1st Amendment advocates and generating praise from lawmakers worried that children are losing their grasp on one of Western civilization's most influential texts. The bill -- which still must be signed into law by Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue -- would fund separate high school courses on the Old and New Testaments in the context of history and literature.
October 1, 2005 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 100,000 California 12th graders -- or about 20% of this year's senior class -- have failed the state's graduation exam, potentially jeopardizing their chances of earning diplomas, according to the most definitive report on the mandatory test, released Friday. Students in the class of 2006, the first group to face the graduation requirement, must pass both the English and math sections of the test by June.
June 11, 2005
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa has put education at the top of his agenda. Unlike in Chicago, New York and some other cities, L.A.'s mayor has no direct control over public schools. But a recent report from the Public Policy Institute of California suggests that Villaraigosa can play a key role, aside from whether he decides to seek more formal authority, such as appointing school board members.
January 4, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Abel Franco, actor and drama coach extraordinaire , had center stage. All eyes were on him as he peered through the lights at a sea of faces and, strictly unrehearsed, delivered his entry line: "What the hell is this?" A chorus of about 150 voices yelled, "Surprise!"
At age 68, Henry Yoshitake of Montebello finally graduated from high school last weekend. In an upbeat ceremony at a Class of 1943 reunion, Yoshitake and 46 other Japanese-American sexagenarians received the diplomas they were denied 50 years ago when they were pulled out of Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights during World War II and sent to internment camps because of their ancestry. Other Nisei--second-generation Japanese-American--alumni who could not attend the Oct.
May 25, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
With hundreds of boisterous parents and students rallying outside its doors, the Los Angeles Board of Education postponed a vote Tuesday on a controversial proposal to require all high school students to complete a set of rigorous college preparation courses. Board President Jose Huizar, who has championed the effort along with other educators and state officials, agreed to a delay after several members requested more time to discuss it.
May 8, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Every morning, Stephanie Theroux, 16, gets in a 40-minute workout. But not at home or a private gym. Her exercise sessions are part of a new class offered at Tesoro High School aimed at helping students shed a few pounds, build muscle and learn about diet and nutrition. "I wanted to get in shape and lose a little bit of weight," said Theroux, a nearly 5-foot-8 junior who has lost 10 pounds since she began the class in the fall. She now weighs about 180.
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