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October 7, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of a 10-year-old fifth-grader has sued Santa Ana Unified School District for advancing her son through five years of elementary school even though he could not read or write English. Lourdes Gutierrez of Santa Ana claims in a lawsuit filed last week that educators of Glenn Martin Elementary School "wrongfully and unlawfully" failed to properly teach her son, Roberto, causing him "humiliation" among his classmates.
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October 22, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON and MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Their campuses crowded with poor children struggling to learn English, Santa Ana school officials are proposing a radical idea: Why not turn kindergarten into a two-year program, effectively stretching students' school careers to 14 years?
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June 16, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was only a play, but someone forgot to tell that to the Police Department. So when an officer driving on Ross Street heard the sound of gunshots coming from the direction of nearby Willard Intermediate School about 7 p.m. Tuesday, he called for police backups as he moved in. Residents also heard the shots and called police. More police arrived and sealed off the area as a police helicopter circled overhead.
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August 21, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All ninth-graders in the Santa Ana Unified School District will sit through an extra hour of school starting this September to prepare them for the state's upcoming high school exit exam and ultimately for college. Starting at 7:15 a.m., while older students sleep in, freshmen who are behind in their academic skills will take remedial courses in math and English. More proficient students are not off the hook, either; they will take regular courses they can apply to high school graduation.
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March 3, 1992 | AJOWA IFATEYO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Santa Ana men face federal indictments for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover agent near Willard Intermediate School, authorities are expected to announce today at a press conference. U.S. Atty. Paul Seaves refused to provide details about the federal charges against the two men, including their names, but said the indictments were part of an effort "to clean up a particular area near a school where drugs were being sold. "This is Santa Ana's initiative," he said.
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June 1, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Eleven-year-old Alex Alvarado said he had always worried about his mother's smoking habit, so he wrote an essay last year pleading with her to quit. Alex not only won the $3,300 essay contest, sponsored by the Southwest Minority Economic Development Assn., but persuaded his mom to quit.
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December 5, 1995 | JEFF KASS
The school district has moved its administrative offices and will convert its former headquarters into an elementary school. About 400 employees of the Santa Ana Unified School District moved to 1601 E. Chestnut Ave. on Monday from offices at 1405 French St. Mike Vail, senior director of facilities, said the main reason for the move was to allow the district to open an elementary school without having to condemn property. The new offices also will provide more space for employees, he said.
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October 15, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana junior high school where three boys deliberately ingested mercury Wednesday will remain closed today while a hazardous-materials team removes the element from school grounds. "We wanted to give ample time for a thorough cleanup of the campus," Garden Grove Unified School District spokesman Alan Trudell said.
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October 14, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three junior high school students were rushed to a hospital Wednesday after eating globs of mercury they had sprinkled on a potato chip, and more than 110 students believed to have come into contact with the element were examined, authorities said. The three students at Fitz Junior High School, who said they ate the mercury to impress friends, were monitored by the staff at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and released, hospital officials said.
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May 28, 1999 | RICHARD MAROSI and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
About two weeks ago, 16-year-old Maria Cervatas was crossing a street in front of Willard Intermediate School with her 2-year-old sister when a car came speeding toward them. She pushed her sister out of the way and ran--with the car coming to a screeching halt just a foot from them. You don't have to tell her that the area around the Santa Ana school is a hazard zone for pedestrians. She and others in the densely populated, traffic-choked neighborhood said they live with the dangers every day.
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August 21, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All ninth-graders in Santa Ana will sit through an extra hour of school starting in September to prepare them for the state's upcoming high school exit exam and ultimately for college. Starting at 7:15 a.m., freshmen who are behind in their academic skills will take remedial courses in math and English. More proficient students will take regular courses that they can apply to high school graduation. School officials say the $1.
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August 15, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana school board members conducted a heated discussion Tuesday over adopting a lottery system to select students for fundamental magnet schools instead of the annual practice of parents camping out in lines. A final vote will not come until late August or early September. School officials said the change is necessary because the camp-outs may violate the California Education Code, which requires random and unbiased admissions procedure. They also said the camp-outs are unsafe.
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August 6, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Santa Ana principals have been reassigned after their schools turned in poor test scores, foreshadowing what could happen statewide next year to the leaders of low-performing schools. The reassignments have prompted charges that it is unfair to link standardized test scores so closely with the fate of educators.
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August 6, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Santa Ana principals have been reassigned after their schools turned in poor test scores, a foreshadowing of what could happen statewide next year to the leaders of low-performing schools. The reassignments already have prompted cries of unfairness in linking standardized test scores so closely with the fate of educators.
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August 5, 2001 | ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's another typical morning at Santa Ana's Glenn L. Martin Elementary School, and by 10 a.m. kindergartners have invaded the playground. The chatter of giggly children rises above the sandbox--the sound of home-taught Spanish mingling with spurts of classroom-taught English. Of Martin's 1,105 pupils, only nine are non-Latino and many come from working-class families--a stark contrast to the mostly white middle-class students who filled the Wilshire neighborhood school a half-century ago.
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July 31, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis late Monday signed a controversial bill ordering Tustin to give 100 acres of the former Tustin Marine base to two Santa Ana school districts. Davis signed the bill with "great reluctance," according to a statement, because the land dispute should have been settled without state interference. "I am persuaded that the districts' request for land is not unreasonable," the governor wrote. "These two districts are among the most severely overcrowded in the state."
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June 11, 1995 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 16-year-old tagger had destroyed five copies of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with bold scribblings of his nickname, Sink, and his tag crew name, OWS--"Only the Wicked Survive." In past years, the Valley High School junior might have been let off easy for defacing school textbooks. But for the past nine months, the Santa Ana Unified School District has teamed up with Santa Ana police to crack down on taggers and other vandals.
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October 17, 1997 | JEFF KASS
Pushed to the edge by hot weather, four Santa Ana Valley High School teachers this week spoke out against the school district's recently enacted dress code for teachers, and presented trustees with a petition. In June, trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District passed a dress code that included ties for men and prohibited sandals. The Valley High teachers attended Tuesday's school board meeting to say that the policy was unfairly enacted, because teachers were not consulted.
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July 6, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Senate easily approved legislation Thursday designed to force Tustin to turn over 100 acres at the former Tustin Marine base to two Santa Ana school districts for a unique kindergarten-through-college campus. The bill by Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) passed on a party-line vote of 21 to 13. It passed the Assembly in April 49 to 27. Passage of the bill, soon headed to Gov.
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July 6, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Senate easily approved legislation Thursday designed to force the city of Tustin to turn over 100 acres at the former Tustin Marine base to two Santa Ana school districts for a unique kindergarten-through-college campus. The bill by Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) passed on a party-line vote of 21 to 13. It passed the Assembly in April on a 49-27 vote. Passage of the bill, now headed to Gov.
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