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July 18, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Swiftly taking advantage of new state grants intended to decrease class sizes, the Irvine Unified School District has become perhaps the first in the state to launch a plan limiting classes to 20 in all first grades by next week. "I have not heard of any school district that has schools ready to go next week," said Dan Edward, the governor's spokesman in the education office. "I would say with certainty that they are among the first to get this into action. . . . That's very quick."
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November 19, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a city where even the most minute detail has been carefully thought out, the unthinkable may be at hand. Officials in Irvine are considering closing one of the city's oldest schools, leaving parents worried that a vital piece of their community's master-planned identity will be swept away. For families living in the Ranch and Smoketree neighborhoods, Los Naranjos Elementary is the center of their village. It is why many moved here.
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January 25, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Irvine Valley College's annual invention fair over the weekend drew more than 750 people, who examined the creations of local elementary and junior high school students. About 300 students from Irvine and Tustin schools on Saturday displayed their often unusual inventions, which ranged from a toothbrush for people with braces to a bike-riding visor.
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May 19, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Sunday for the last 25 years, University High School in Irvine has echoed with the chatter of Orange County students learning Chinese. But now some parents wonder if the sound of their children carrying on this tradition will fall silent. Irvine Unified School District trustees voted this week to raise the rent for the 900-student Irvine Chinese School--by nearly 300%, according to Chinese School officials. But Irvine school officials put the increase at closer to 200%.
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November 22, 1989 | STEVE BILLITER
Wearing his best suit and a construction worker's hard hat, Principal Gene Bedley waited for the next water balloon to smash into him. It was the moment he had asked for--even created and titled. Bedley had promised that the "Blast Mr. Bedley With a Water Balloon" award would be bestowed on each class at El Camino Real Elementary School that raised $700 or more in a recent jog-a-thon for new school equipment. He even promised to wear his best suit.
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September 19, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Recently retired elementary school Principal Gene Bedley once dreamed that someone had painted a large mural filled with characters from his favorite children's books. Bedley's dream came true at a weekend celebration honoring his 20 years as an Irvine principal and his national role in restoring ethics and values to the public school curriculum. John F.
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August 26, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All elementary school students must wear helmets when riding bicycles to and from school under a new policy adopted Tuesday night by the school board. "This is something that will really make a significant impact on the safety of our children," said Margie Wakeham, an Irvine Unified School District board member. The school board's unanimous action marks the first time a school district in Orange County has mandated bicycle helmet use at its schools.
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August 16, 1999 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 764-4311
S.E.L.F. Alternative High School is all set to go digital by the end of the year. The continuation school for the Irvine Unified School District, which has just 225 students, was chosen from a statewide lottery last month to get a $54,000 grant from California's Digital High School Program. Schools use the money to buy computers and software, train teachers and give students access to the Internet and e-mail.
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October 6, 1999 | REBECCA HARRIS and LISA RICHARDSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From cocktail parties to voter registration blitzes, the push is on as three Orange County school districts--Huntington Beach Union, Santa Ana Unified and Capistrano Unified--urge residents to vote for millions of dollars in bonds to repair old schools and build new ones. A fourth, Irvine Unified, is seeking voter approval of a parcel tax to salvage that district's arts, music and science programs.
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November 19, 2000 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Samar Aziz, the road to providing her sons with an Islamic-based education is 76 miles long and full of gridlock. "It's a killer," she said of the drive between her Tustin home and the private Islamic school in West Covina where her boys, ages 4 and 5, are taught not only to read and write--but also what it means to be a Muslim. "It's hard. It takes a toll on the family." Aziz has prayed for relief, and on Saturday, in a field of dirt and rocks in Irvine, her prayers were answered.
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October 4, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
The California Consortium of Education Foundations recently honored the Irvine Public Schools Foundation with one of five Apple Awards presented this year. The award was given in the category of Best Idea for the foundation's musical instrument rental program, which raises money for fine arts programs at local schools from the renting of nearly 1,000 instruments a year to area students.
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September 7, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Irvine Co. and the Donald Bren Foundation on Wednesday announced plans to give $25 million over the next several years to education, primarily for public schools attended by students who live on the Irvine Ranch. The Bren Foundation, through its Educational Enrichment Fund, aims to hand out $15 million in grants to bolster programs in the sciences, technology and the arts.
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June 30, 2000 | ANN L. KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a roller-coaster year of parcel tax elections, threatened teacher layoffs and an 11th-hour reprieve, students in Irvine Unified nudged impressive test scores even higher this year. "We're very proud of our teachers and our students for continuing to focus on results when they might have been otherwise distracted," Deputy Supt. Dean Waldfogel said.
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June 5, 2000 | MATHIS WINKLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They live at Irvine's opposite ends. In fact, they don't even know each other. But Vanessa M. Danziger and Paul E. Norton have one thing in common. They're the first sixth-graders in the Irvine Unified School District to become champions in the state science fair. Vanessa, 12, who attends Turtle Rock Elementary School, and Norton, 11, a student at College Park Elementary, competed against seventh- and eighth-graders in L.A.'
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