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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1994
This is in regards to the ongoing saga of Jimmy Peters. I am a special education teacher and wholeheartedly support full inclusion and parent involvement. I also expect cooperation from a parent in the ongoing struggle to include special education students into the regular classroom. Mr. Peters has unfortunately set back the attempts to include all special education students into the classroom. Does he realize that regular education teachers read the newspapers also? They miss all of the positive attempts at inclusion because of his ongoing battles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER and DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The 8-year-old boy at the center of the struggle to mainstream special-education students will return to class Monday as a result of the city school district's reversal of a decision two weeks ago to keep him out. School officials removed Jimmy Peters from Circle View Elementary on April 16 based on suspicions that the family lived in the jurisdiction of another school district. But Ocean View School District Supt. James R.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Jimmy Peters, the 6-year-old child at the center of an ongoing battle over the inclusion of special education students in mainstream classes, remained out of school again Thursday as a tussle between his father and the Ocean View School District continued. A district official said the learning disabled first-grader could be declared truant if the stalemate over where he will attend classes continues until Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Peters, the 8-year-old who has become an unwitting symbol in the ongoing battle over mainstreaming special education students, is out of school again--this time over a conflict about where he lives. The boy's father, Jim Peters, on Thursday asked a judge to issue a temporary restraining order against the Ocean View School District for banning his son from regular second-grade classes at Circle View Elementary since April 16. The request was filed at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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June 18, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and JAIME ABDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER S
The mother of the 6-year-old special-education student whose school district went to court last month to oust him from his kindergarten class said Friday she will soon file for custody of the boy because she believes his father is exploiting him. Lilia A. Rodriguez, a 28-year-old Aurora, Colo., hairstylist who lost custody of Jimmy Peters shortly after his birth and has not seen him in five years, said she decided to take action when she learned of the recent battle over the child's education.
NEWS
June 9, 1994 | JAIME ABDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Wednesday ordered the Ocean View School District to take 6-year-old Jimmy Peters back into his kindergarten class for the final week of the school year, ruling that administrators had not proven the child is dangerous to himself or his classmates.
NEWS
July 3, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and JAIME ABDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unlike most 6-year-olds, Jimmy Peters rarely smiles enough to show the space where his two front teeth should be. When the teacher called roll in his kindergarten classroom at Circle View Elementary School last year, the youngster often did not respond to his own name. While other children listened to stories or drew pictures, Jimmy sat to the side of his classroom monitored full-time by an aide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When class begins in Room 1 at Circle View Elementary School this morning, school officials expect to enroll Jimmy Peters, a 6-year-old who has been at the center of a legal battle over mainstreaming special-education students. But Jimmy's father has other ideas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1994
The Learning Disabilities Assn. of California, Orange County chapter, is very concerned with the publicity about the Jimmy Peters case. While the father's civil rights may have been honored, the child's right to a free and appropriate public education may have been lost. No one seems to be focusing on the child's needs. Children are not bad without a reason. Find the reason and you can help the child. The regular classroom can be the least appropriate, most restrictive environment for a child whose needs are not being accommodated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after a local school district went to court to oust a disabled kindergarten student from class because of behavior problems, federal investigators have found that officials broke the law in two instances connected to the case but rejected broader allegations that the district discriminated against the child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clad in a Tweety Bird T-shirt emblazoned with the words "I'm back," 7-year-old Jimmy Peters boldly returned to school Friday, continuing the saga that last year thrust him in the center of the ongoing controversy over mainstreaming special education students. Jimmy, who was taught at home for more than a year while his father and school officials wrangled over his education, enrolled in a regular, second-grade class at Circle View Elementary in the Ocean View School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after a local school district went to court to oust a disabled kindergarten student from class because of behavior problems, federal investigators have found that officials broke the law in two instances connected to the case but rejected broader allegations that the district discriminated against the child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1994
This is in regards to the ongoing saga of Jimmy Peters. I am a special education teacher and wholeheartedly support full inclusion and parent involvement. I also expect cooperation from a parent in the ongoing struggle to include special education students into the regular classroom. Mr. Peters has unfortunately set back the attempts to include all special education students into the classroom. Does he realize that regular education teachers read the newspapers also? They miss all of the positive attempts at inclusion because of his ongoing battles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Jimmy Peters, the 6-year-old child at the center of an ongoing battle over the inclusion of special education students in mainstream classes, remained out of school again Thursday as a tussle between his father and the Ocean View School District continued. A district official said the learning disabled first-grader could be declared truant if the stalemate over where he will attend classes continues until Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When class begins in Room 1 at Circle View Elementary School this morning, school officials expect to enroll Jimmy Peters, a 6-year-old who has been at the center of a legal battle over mainstreaming special-education students. But Jimmy's father has other ideas.
NEWS
September 3, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just days before school is scheduled to begin, Jim Peters spent Friday haggling with school officials over special accommodations for his 6-year-old son Jimmy, a learning disabled youngster who last spring was thrust into the center of an unprecedented legal battle over mainstreaming special education students.
NEWS
September 3, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just days before school is scheduled to begin, Jim Peters spent Friday haggling with school officials over special accommodations for his 6-year-old son Jimmy, a learning disabled youngster who last spring was thrust into the center of an unprecedented legal battle over mainstreaming special education students.
NEWS
July 3, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and JAIME ABDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jim Peters has been tangling with local school officials over his son's educational program for years. But he fights for other children too. Over the past year, Peters has filed legal complaints on behalf of some two dozen other special-education students, a level of parental activism school officials say is unprecedented in Orange County. Unemployed since 1989, Peters works virtually full time on special-education issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994 | JAIME ABDO
The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to investigate allegations of discrimination against the Ocean View School District made by the father of a 6-year-old student at the center of a bitter legal and educational dispute. Steve Derring, branch chief in the complaints division of the Education Department's civil rights office, said Tuesday that officials have decided to investigate the allegations. But he declined to discuss them.
NEWS
July 3, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and JAIME ABDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jim Peters has been tangling with local school officials over his son's educational program for years. But he fights for other children too. Over the past year, Peters has filed legal complaints on behalf of some two dozen other special-education students, a level of parental activism school officials say is unprecedented in Orange County. Unemployed since 1989, Peters works virtually full time on special-education issues.
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