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July 28, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Tens of thousands of black and Latino high school students are deprived of equal access to California's most prestigious public universities because their schools do not offer as many Advanced Placement courses as schools with predominantly white students, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday.
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June 12, 1999 | IOANA PATRINGENARU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The idea is to apply principles of physics to a practical exercise. But the real appeal for 70 student participants in Los Amigos High School's boat competition Friday was a chance to watch their teachers and civic leaders sink in the campus swimming pool. "That's the most fun part," said Chris Tran, a 17-year-old senior whose bright blue craft, shaped roughly like a rowboat, carried journalism teacher Laura Weissert to safety.
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May 31, 1999 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Megan Bass-Jackson's high school didn't have the theater and culinary arts classes that interested her. Mariela Arellano was getting poor grades and skipping class. She knew she could do better, and her parents were tired of the phone calls and meetings with teachers and administrators. Jeff Edwards figured he could get a head start on college. So the three left their high schools and went to college. Sort of.
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May 19, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the 24 Hour Fitness club in San Juan Capistrano, Erica Cook was doing a set of leg lifts Tuesday on the Butt Blaster and feeling the burn. She had already flexed her biceps on the Gravitron, and if she felt like it after her workout she could head for the sauna and take a little steam. It's not a bad way to spend the afternoon. Especially if you're a 16-year-old high school sophomore, and this is your physical education class.
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March 17, 1999 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Trying to head off the high number of college freshmen needing remedial classes, Cal State University officials Tuesday said they plan to test high school juniors for basic skills and could require some of them to substitute math class for the traditional senior year activity: goofing off. If these students still don't get it, the university will encourage thousands of them to spend their summer break before college taking remedial math and English so they don't waste time as freshmen.
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February 23, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To some students in Angela Newman's history classes, every month feels like Black History Month. While experts debate how to incorporate minority cultures into the curriculum and textbooks slowly change their European outlook, Newman and her students at Newport Harbor High School are a living laboratory in educational diversity. World history classes include lessons on Mali as well as ancient Greece. Some unexpected details about Abraham Lincoln come out in U.S. history.
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January 23, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most high school ninth-graders don't call their teachers "sir" or "ma'am." But then too, most aren't in a forensics class in which they have to determine if a suspicious white powder confiscated from a simulated drug bust is cocaine. Dressed in light blue shirts and dark pants, junior police academy cadets at Reseda High School are not your typical freshmen. Their unique curriculum was a highlight at Friday's reception and tour of the school's Police Academy Magnet program.
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November 8, 1998 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Rudy Hendley Jr. started frying his brain with the hallucinogenic drug PCP at the age of 12. He figures that's one reason he's still learning to read at the age of 19, from inside a steel mesh cage. "It messed up my brain and stuff," said Hendley, a robber from Watts who is a ward at the California Youth Authority's Preston facility outside Sacramento.
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