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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The parents of a Colorado high school student who critically wounded a classmate before fatally shooting himself apologized Monday and said they were praying for his victim's recovery. "We are shattered by the tragic events that took place on Friday at Arapahoe High School," Barbara and Mark Pierson said in a statement to local media. Karl Pierson, 18, killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head after storming through Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Officials said he fired several shots while moving through the school, apparently in search of his debate-team coach, who had recently disciplined him. Before shooting himself in the library, he shot Claire Davis in the face, apparently at random, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The two-page letter landed in the judge's chambers at the Los Angeles County Children's Court last fall, registering "grave concern" for the well-being of 17-month-old Vyctorya Sandoval. Linda Kontis, co-founder of a foster family agency that contracted with the county to provide care to the girl, complained that the court system hadn't properly considered the risks of returning the saucer-eyed toddler known as Tori to her long-troubled biological parents. Months after the letter was written, Tori was dead.
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.
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.
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