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March 21, 1991
The City Council this week urged the Santa Monica/Malibu Board of Education to consider how a proposed high school in Malibu would affect Santa Monica High School. The proposed school has some Santa Monica parents worried that it would take away Santa Monica High School's status as a college prep school, drain Santa Monica's educational resources and create an ethnic imbalance, with mostly Anglo students attending the new high school. Some urged the council, which this year is giving $1.
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April 16, 2014
Re "A profession under siege," Column, April 12 The teaching profession is not only under siege, it is also underappreciated. Teachers are too often second-guessed and shortchanged by administrators who do not always have their best interests at heart. The incident at Santa Monica High School involving a teacher who evidently had to resort to physical force to restrain an unruly 18-year-old student brings into sharp focus the ambivalence of a school district when conflict arises in the classroom.
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March 22, 1996
A big yellow bus pulled onto the Santa Monica High School campus Thursday. That wouldn't be unusual except that the interior of the vehicle was equipped with television monitors, cameras and production equipment instead of the usual vinyl seats. Known as the C-Span School Bus, the $750,000 vehicle is a production studio on wheels that is operated by the cable network and has made stops at schools and civic organizations in nearly every state.
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April 14, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
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April 25, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica High School students craned their necks Friday as they walked past the nurse's office, curiously eyeing two boxes with signs that said "Take One." Some almost fell over backward, while others returned for a closer look. A few discreetly dipped a hand into one of the boxes and pulled out a packet without missing a step.
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June 12, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A funny thing happened to educator Sylvia Rousseau on her way to a job as a principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She got plucked out of the district by Santa Monica High School to be its new principal, replacing resigning Bernard (Nardy) Samuels. She will be the first African-American and the first woman to lead the school. She was chosen over nearly 80 other candidates by a panel of teachers, parents, students, administrators, staff and community representatives.
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January 17, 1991 | BARBARA KOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School district officials and community members who favor setting up a health clinic at Santa Monica High School are proceeding carefully, knowing their cause is a delicate one and vowing not to let it be waylaid in a debate over birth control. The board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District this week made the first move toward establishing a health center at the high school. The board approved the concept of a clinic, but did not discuss details.
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November 12, 1989 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The miles that separate Fukuoka, Japan, and Santa Monica seemed less formidable last week after students from Oki Gakuen and St. Monica high schools met and discovered some common interests: music, sports, pizza and Coca-Cola. "They're just typical teen-agers--just from a different place, a different part of the world," St. Monica senior Kathy Bailey said of the Japanese visitors. About 45 students from Oki Gakuen High School in Fukuoka, Japan, spent the day at St.
NEWS
May 13, 1990 | SHELDON ITO, COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT
A committee formed by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is investigating the possibility of opening a magnet high school in Malibu. Students who live in Malibu face a 25-mile, one-hour commute each day to Santa Monica High, the district's only high school, and they run the risk of traffic accidents, district officials say.
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November 21, 1991 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They don't look like classical musicians as they file into the rehearsal room at Santa Monica High School. Some wear shorts despite the chill wind outside. They playfully punch each other, toss worn backpacks into corners and hike up the arms of their sweat shirts. They warm up their instruments and begin to play. They move into the piece boldly, gradually merging into one musical voice, buoying each other until they are caught in a whirlwind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
An outside investigator has been brought in to examine a classroom altercation between a teacher and student that resulted in the Santa Monica High School instructor being placed on leave and the pupil's arrest. Supt. Sandra Lyon said the report is expected by the end of spring break next week. Lyon has come under fire for her remarks after a cellphone video of the classroom fight went viral. The superintendent was sharply critical of the teacher, and pledged support to the student's family.
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April 9, 2014 | By Alicia Banks, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A man who died after a collision with a Santa Monica police vehicle Saturday was identified by coroner's officials Wednesday as a 30-year-old Highland resident. Walter James was driving  a dark-colored 2013 Taotao scooter east on Pico Boulevard when he collided with a Santa Monica police officer's patrol car, which was traveling north on 4th Street, officials said. The patrol car was marked and equipped with emergency lights, said Karina Munoz, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.
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April 8, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Saba Hamedy
A fight between a student and a wrestling coach at Santa Monica High School has triggered concern among some community members who say the same coach previously failed to report an alleged hazing incident in a timely manner. Parents have swarmed to the defense of Mark Black, a science teacher and wrestling coach who was captured on cellphone video in a physical altercation with a student last week. Black has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  But on Tuesday, Darrell Goode, president of the Santa Monica-Venice branch of the National Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy and Matt Stevens
As the uproar continues over how administrators initially responded to a viral cellphone video that showed a popular Santa Monica High School teacher taking down a student in class, Gabrielle Kinslow-Bourget recalls a very different scene. When her middle child, Al, died of cancer last year, Mark Black -- the longtime teacher and wrestling coach at the center of the current firestorm -- stood by the family's side.  Black, who was Al's wrestling coach and mentor, rallied community members for a celebration of Al's life in the high school wrestling room -- a place Kinslow-Bourget said her son called “a second home.” Now the coach, who Kinslow-Bourget, a single mother of three, called a “household name,” has been placed on paid administrative leave following a physical altercation with a student inside a classroom.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Santa Monica's school superintendent has apologized for comments she made after placing a popular science teacher on leave for getting into a physical altercation with a student.   In a statement sent to the “community” over the weekend, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon acknowledged that her remarks about the teacher and wrestling coach have “ caused great anger.” “There is concern that my statement reflected a pre-judgment of the teacher's conduct prior to completion of an investigation,” she said.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral Friday. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh, and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident “utterly alarming” and  acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  In a statement released hours after the fight, she called the teacher's use of physical restraint “unacceptable" and she pledged that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would offer support to the student's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Could this be a watershed moment for teachers who take a stand against defiant students? We can't read too much into the chain of events that began Friday morning in a Santa Monica High School science classroom, when a physical tangle between a 60-year-old science teacher and an 18-year-old student was captured on a cellphone camera. But we can know this: A community is up in arms about how the teacher, a beloved wrestling coach, was treated--first by his student, then by his boss.
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