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August 9, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Parents may legally home-school their children in California even if they lack a teaching credential, a state appellate court ruled Friday. The decision is a reversal of the court's earlier position, which effectively prohibited most home schooling and sparked fear throughout the state's estimated 166,000 home-schoolers. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had vowed to allow home schooling through legislation if the court did not act, praised the ruling.
January 26, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Mentioned in a profile on the Chatsworth Sierra Canyon basketball team this month was a note that the star freshman player, 6-foot-8 Cody Riley, is 16 years old. That provoked outrage from several readers. "I find it laughable and unfortunately acceptable that we praise kids as freshmen when they are 16-, 17-year-old kids who have been held back," one reader wrote. Another reader said his son is a "true" freshman, having turned 14 in September, and that "it is high time that CIF imposed a role requiring that no seniors can be over 18 on Sept.
October 5, 1997
Thousands of San Fernando Valley children completed the annual back to school ritual. But for some, they ventured no further than the kitchen table to begin a new school year. Home schooling is growing dramatically, with some estimates topping 1 million students in the United States.
September 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Having a physical disability profoundly disconnects a person from the world in which the able-bodied live and move, and makes a challenge out of numerous mundane tasks. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed more than two decades ago, prohibits many forms of discrimination against the disabled and mandates that they be provided with equal access to buildings, workplaces, programs, services and public accommodations. The federal law was the model for the United Nations treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires participating countries to provide equal access for the disabled.
March 6, 2008 | By Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Parents who lack teaching credentials cannot educate their children at home, according to a state appellate court ruling that is sending waves of fear through California's home schooling families. Advocates for the families vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Enforcement until then appears unlikely, but if the ruling stands, home-schooling supporters say California will have the most regressive law in the nation. "This decision is a direct hit against every home schooler in California," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represents the Sunland Christian School, which specializes in religious home schooling.
June 18, 1997 | ROB SELNA
Cal Lutheran University will hold a three-day home-schooling conference starting Friday. The Link Homeschool Conference workshops will include issues such as college admissions, foreign languages and attention deficit disorder. On Friday, the conference will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and focus on strategies for new home schoolers. Saturday's program, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., will feature families who have had success with home schooling.
March 17, 2008
Re "No ban on home schooling," March 12 Regarding California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell's policy of allowing home schooling for parents who merely file the private school certificate: How will California be able to enforce the compulsory education laws if he removes himself from the leadership and support of the school districts, county superintendents and county child welfare departments? Because private schools are unregulated in this state, and home-schooling parents do not even need to worry about free-market forces demanding some basic quality level for teaching and education, isn't his position an all-out abdication of his sworn duty to ensure that every child in this state be provided an education?
October 5, 1992
I have long felt that one page for commentary, allowing only three to five columns and a couple of editorial cartoons, was not enough for the Times' coverage area and readership. "Voices" looks like a wonderful way to get a few more opinions out, particularly to get opinions from those who are not regularly published. Special credit for including "Sermons." The clergy that I know are active on social issues and offer great perspective. LINDA HOYER, Whittier
March 10, 2008
Re "Ruling hits home schooling," March 6 I beg to differ with California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice H. Walter Croskey, who wrote, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children." It's my understanding that the Constitution grants the government only specifically enumerated powers, and all powers not specifically granted to the government are retained by the people. Unless Croskey can cite where the Constitution grants the government the power to teach our children, that power is retained by us. Robert Westcott Alhambra -- What does the appellate court propose the public school system do with these 160,000-plus kids?
April 7, 2008
Re "Defending home-style ABCs," April 3 In articles about the latest ruling affecting home schooling, I have not seen anything mentioning what a parent would have to do to obtain a credential. I home schooled my daughter for more than two years. It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided I might enjoy earning some extra money as a substitute teacher. I don't believe I had to do anything more than take the California Basic Educational Skills Test and get fingerprinted.
May 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Detectives were seeking help from the public Wednesday in tracking down a man who raped a girl in Altadena as she was walking home from school. The girl, whose age was not disclosed, was attacked by the man in the 2500 block of north Fair Oaks after he approached her from behind, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man forced the girl into his car, parked behind a business and attacked her Feb. 27, department officials said in a statement. He is described at Latino with black hair and medium build.
November 26, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
BEIRUT - First his parents' home in eastern Syria was reduced to rubble, followed by his father's pharmacy. Then Melad received a call last month informing him that his own apartment in a Damascus suburb had been obliterated by a bomb unleashed by a MiG jet. By then, he had become inured to the sense of loss. "I got to the point that when I would hear of another of our properties destroyed, I started laughing," said Melad, a computer engineer who now helps with the humanitarian effort in Syria.
February 3, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
School buses are likely to keep rolling for now, as the Legislature on Thursday restored $248 million for home-to-school transportation that was particularly crucial for small and rural school districts that need to take students across long distances. Gov. Jerry Brown, who eliminated the school busing money as of January after state revenues fell short of projections, has indicated that he supports the move. Educators throughout California had mobilized against the midyear elimination of all busing money, arguing that it would hit hardest remote districts such as Death Valley, which spends about $3,400 per student, compared to $26 or less for many suburban districts.
November 7, 2011 | Marissa Cevallos
Willow Shawl doesn't like to draw attention to her Type 1 diabetes. If a stranger asks about the insulin pump clipped to her jeans, the 10-year-old will say it's an iPod. Sometimes she'll forgo checking her blood-sugar levels to avoid the stares of her classmates as she pricks her finger. So for a while in third grade, when she started coming home from school with unusually high blood-sugar levels, her parents suspected she was slacking in her daily routine, even though Willow insisted otherwise.
September 22, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
What passes for an epiphany in most movies is hardly profound — "The Hangover" guys remember where they lost somebody, or Green Lantern realizes that true power does not necessarily reside in his glowing ring. The transformations in "Machine Gun Preacher" and "Dolphin Tale," both opening Friday, aim to be more spiritually and personally profound, and the filmmakers behind both new titles hope to attract a large number of religious moviegoers. Two years ago, the inspirational football tale "The Blind Side" resonated with religious audiences and became a blockbuster, grossing more than $255 million in domestic release.
April 7, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
It is where John F. Kennedy won the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination and where basketball once ruled — the Lakers, Clippers, Bruins and Trojans all called it home for a time. The NHL's Kings did too. And it once was a rock cathedral Bruce Springsteen hailed as "the joint that don't disappoint. " Yet even as the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena moves inexorably toward demolition, its oblong roofline still framed by that blazing candy-green ribbon of light, UCLA basketball will soon be back inside its doors.
May 17, 2010 | By Michelle Hofmann
Finding someone to replace windows just got a little more challenging because of tough new lead-safety requirements for contractors working on older homes. The Environmental Protection Agency's Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which kicked in last month, requires additional safeguards by contractors working on homes, schools and childcare facilities built before U.S. regulators banned lead paint in 1978. The intention is to reduce the harm from lead for contractors and their workers as well as for the people who live, work or attend school in older structures.
March 30, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts went into survival mode Tuesday as homes were flooded, schools were closed and flights and trains were delayed because of record rainfall. Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri asked residents to get home by dinnertime to avoid the worst flooding in the state in more than 100 years. Thousands of basements were flooded across the state, the governor's office said. National Guard troops were activated in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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