March 22, 2001 |
Two second-graders playing cops and robbers with a paper gun were charged with making terrorist threats. The boys' parents said the situation should have been resolved in the principal's office, but Police Chief Steven Palamara on Wednesday defended school officials and the district's zero-tolerance policy.
March 23, 1998 |
An eighth-grade science teacher puts buckets on the floor to catch the rain leaking into her classroom. The buckets soon overflow. In the confusion and mess, a student refuses to work. She tells him to leave, and he stands, takes off his coat and threatens to hit her. "Is that really what you want to do?" she asks, her voice shaking. "Will that make you feel better?" As he raises his fist, a security guard bursts into the room.
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February 7, 1998 |
A federal judge's ruling that school officials acted properly in barring a first-grader from reading a Bible story to his classmates is being appealed. Nearly two years ago, when Zachary Hood was in first grade at the Maurice and Everett Haines School in Medford, N.J., he and other children were rewarded for good reading performances by being allowed to read a story of their choice. Zachary chose a story about Jacob and Esau from the Beginner's Bible. He initially selected Dr.
August 10, 1996 |
The Piscataway school district should not have laid off a white teacher over an equally qualified black teacher for the sake of racial diversity, a divided federal court ruled. The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the district's affirmative-action policy was not designed to remedy past discrimination and violated the rights of nonminority employees.
June 17, 1993 |
Minnie Nesmith's 28-year-old daughter is out there somewhere in this fifth poorest city in America, "in the street, mostly," and on drugs. "Yeah, you bet." And so, rather than see her six grandchildren scattered in foster homes, Nesmith has taken over. At a time when generations are telescoping as maternal ages plummet, it's not an uncommon saga.
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June 21, 1992
I am concerned, even distressed, with the proposal to limit Irvine Unified School District seniors to a five-period day. I understand the magnitude of the financial crisis facing the district, but this particular cut strikes at the very heart of our educational mission and is, therefore, unacceptable. The $90,000 that such a cut would save is insignificant in light of the sacrifice of students and programs, especially because there is no possible alternative funding for the six-period day. My first question is: "Why seniors?"