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November 29, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A public vocational education district in Orange County will write new ethical work rules for students after a cooking class was assigned to cater a Democratic fund-raiser at the home of a district trustee--with no pay. "When I heard about this, I thought, 'Uh-oh--we need to look at this,' " said Karin Freeman, president of the board of trustees for the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program. "We need to make sure we know what is appropriate and allowed under education law."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freshmen who enter Santa Ana high schools next year will have to take three years of laboratory science and 3 1/2 years of social science instead of the current two years each if they want to graduate in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assignment that English teacher Andrew Phillips scribbled on his chalkboard at Covina High School stunned his students. Last week, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," Phillips asked his students to write a journal entry mapping out an assassination and explaining how they would get away with it. He gave students who were offended by the idea an alternative assignment: They could describe eight to 10 motives for killing a person.
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August 27, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A playwright named Susan Rubin strides into Canoga Park High School, steeling herself for what lies ahead. She has a track record to maintain. No excuse-spouting, class-ditching teenagers, no matter how desperate their circumstances, are going to keep her from reaching her goal: In 12 weeks, each of the three dozen 10th-graders she's about to confront will turn in a full-length play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District officials are considering building a new high school on the Cal State Northridge campus, a move that would give the San Fernando Valley its first such facility in nearly three decades, officials said Thursday.
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May 7, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years spent cleaning up the pen of a South American tapir helped Stephanie Perales decide that she would rather pursue a career working with criminals than animals. But that doesn't mean her close daily contact with the hairy, piglike beast--or any other aspect of her tenure at North Hollywood High School's Animal Studies/Biological Sciences Zoo Magnet--has been without value. Far from it, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2000 | ANDRE BRISCOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the 80 Cypress High School students in Lori Brown's three speech and debate classes, it isn't just about making speeches; it's about learning the best way to live their lives. "It's more like 'Life 101,' " said Brown. Brown has taught speech and debate at Cypress High since 1992. She believes that instilling ethics in students is just as important as teaching the best way to deliver a speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advanced placement classes, designed to give a boost to high-achieving students, are not equally distributed throughout Ventura County schools. This, educators say, is placing hundreds of high school seniors at a disadvantage when they compete for admission to the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a San Clemente High School senior and several friends severely beat an Asian man they thought was gay, teacher Joe Moros approached his principal. We should do something about this, they agreed. Then normal life resumed. And nothing came of their pact. Later that year, in October 1993, racial tensions flared. A white student died in a beach parking lot at the hands of a Latino who launched a stripped paint roller and speared the student's brain.
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