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June 9, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Parents worry about the safety of vaccines for their children even though most go ahead and have their kids immunized, researchers reported Thursday.   The theory that vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders has been debunked by numerous scientific studies. On Wednesday, three papers were published that point to genetic mutations as the cause of autism. However, in a new survey published in the journal Health Affairs , only 23% of parents said they had no concerns about vaccines.
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NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Karin Klein
The latest setback for the parent-trigger reform -- when the Adelanto School District last week rejected a petition to ... well, it's not exactly clear what the parents sought, but more on that later -- will surely be appealed in court. Parent Revolution, the group behind the trigger movement, might well have a valid challenge, since it looks like school administrators were far more careful about checking the validity of the parent signatures in favor of the trigger than they were about those rescinding their previous signatures.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Maybe it's time for “screen time” for parents, too. To limit kids' television watching, the ubiquitous rule restricting the time they're allowed to spend in front of a TV or computer screen isn't as helpful as something more basic: how much time parents spend watching TV, scientists say in an article out Monday in the journal Pediatrics. "Do as I say, not as I do" might be a foundation for Homer Simpson's style of parenting, but it's not so effective, the scientists say. “Parent  television viewing is a stronger predictor of child television viewing than traditional media 'access' and 'rules' variables regardless of child age,” the scientists wrote.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2010 | By Gregory Karp
Trying to track recalled products and foods that might be harmful to children is a nightmare for parents because there's no single place to look. Until now. The new site http://www.ClickCheckandProtect.org, a Consumer Reports companion site, is the product of a newly formed National School Safety Coalition convened by Consumer Reports, the National Parent Teacher Assn. and the National School Boards Assn. "The whole idea is to get the information into the homes of school-aged children," said Don Mays, senior director of safety for Consumer Reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Teachers at an embattled Watts campus where the principal was recently ousted under the state parent trigger law are pledging to join forces with other schools to defend themselves from privately led overhaul efforts. Teachers at Weigand Avenue Elementary will push for public notifications and meetings to inform parents about trigger campaigns involving their schools, a staff member there said Friday. Monica Platas, the school's categorical programs coordinator, said Weigand staff was not allowed to respond to several parent questions about the trigger campaign, which succeeded in removing Principal Irma Cobian this month.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Aly Raisman is like many teenagers in that she can drive her parents crazy. Only Raisman is a U.S. gymnast who qualified for the all-around competition at the London Olympics. And her parents are really, really crazy. Or so it seemed to the millions of people watching the qualifying round Sunday on NBC, which had a camera and microphone isolated on Ricky and Lynn Raisman as their daughter competed on the uneven bars Sunday night. OK, so the Raismans really aren't crazy -- they were justifiably stressed out during a 40-second routine their daughter had been working toward for many years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm a senior in high school and am very busy trying to get into a good college. I have many activities at school. I have been baby-sitting for a family since I was in middle school. They have two children and I enjoy being with them. We do lots of fun things together. Lately, however, the parents are putting a lot of pressure on me to baby-sit more and more. They seem to think of me as an older daughter and sister to the kids. I am honored to be so close to these girls, but I am too overwhelmed with school and college to focus on playing with them every available moment.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My parents never developed good behaviors when it came to money. They didn't save, budget or make good spending decisions. Recently they've fallen on hard times. My mother is on disability, and my father is unable to get a salaried job. He's an independent contractor who doesn't make enough to regularly cover their mortgage payments, let alone food or medical expenses. I love my parents and want to help, but I don't want to financially ruin myself or become their money tree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Rick Rojas and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials were scrambling Friday to explain why parents were never notified about the October arrest of a teacher at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima for alleged child sexual abuse. Paul Chapel, a third-grade teacher who has been suspended without pay, is charged with 15 counts of lewd acts and continuous sexual abuse with three girls and one boy, each younger than 14, between Sept. 13, 2010, and April 15, 2011, according to a Sept. 28 complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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