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September 12, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
School-based efforts to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables are not failing, but they're no wild success either, according to an analysis of programs involving almost 26,400 children. The kids ate a quarter portion more a day of produce - and if you just looked at vegetables alone, the increase was just under a tenth of a portion, according to the analysis of 27 programs published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. So one sweet potato, or one cup of broccoli, would represent the increase for about 10 kids.
March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Police in the small Northern California city of Hercules have launched a sexual assault and hate crime investigation after a transgender student was allegedly attacked by three teenage boys while using a bathroom that matches his gender identity. The 15-year-old Hercules Middle-High School student, who is female but identifies as male, said that as he was exiting the boys bathroom Monday morning he was confronted by "three unidentified male juveniles," according to a news release from the Hercules Police Department.
February 28, 1999
"Remember America's Motto: E Pluribus Unum" (Commentary, Feb. 22) demonstrates an unenlightened perception of what unifies Americans. Dennis Prager confuses uniformity with unity and sameness with equality in the mistaken belief that if only the public schools can force ethnic groups to conform to a model of what it means to be American, we will all be happy and productive. We cannot have unum unless we are free to have and enjoy our pluribus. This is the lesson of the Bill of Rights and even the Pledge of Allegiance.
February 24, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- A measure to block California's transgender students rights law failed to qualify for the November ballot Monday, according to the secretary of state's office. The referendum would have repealed a law passed last year that requires school districts to let transgender students participate in school programs and use school facilities, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex.  The measure was backed by a coalition called Privacy for All Students.
July 19, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Several Los Angeles schools, hit hard by budget cuts in recent years, are set to receive $1.7 million from two foundations in a major national initiative to expand learning time for disadvantaged students. The California Community Foundation is to announce Friday that it has received $1.5 million from the Ford Foundation to give children in impoverished communities the same enriched learning activities typically enjoyed outside school hours by their wealthier peers. The California foundation also contributed $200,000 to the efforts.
September 5, 1997
Campuses in the Huntington Beach City School District have received a total of nearly $4,000 in grants from the California Compact Educational Foundation, a group of parents, business people, teachers and district administrators. The 15 programs that received grants for this school year include Perry Elementary School's Literature Circles. The $742 grant will help teachers set up the program, which allows students to teach each other and exposes them to a variety of reading exercises.
October 8, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
A parents' booster organization is planning a benefit dinner to raise money to modernize high-technology programs for schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The Las Virgenes Technology Foundation hopes to raise $20,000 from the Oct. 20 event at the Calabasas Golf and Country Club. "We're kind of a 'gap-funder,' if you want to call it that," said Adrian Stern, president of the nonprofit foundation. "We fill those gaps between the traditional state and federal funding sources."
September 25, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST
Benefactors have given the Laguna Beach Unified School District more than $500,000, helping to keep school programs afloat and to pay for a new class in auto design. SchoolPower, the district's fund-raising arm, has contributed $481,789 for the school year. The group presented most of the money at a school board meeting Tuesday.
November 26, 1992 | JON NALICK
Franklin Elementary School's program for educationally disadvantaged students has been named one of the six best in the state. The federal Chapter 1 program targets children challenged by family poverty, limited English skills, or low test scores. According to state guidelines, more than 50% of the school's students meet those criteria, said district spokeswoman Audrey Brown. The awards are designed to honor outstanding school programs that push disadvantaged students to succeed in school.
January 17, 1991
College View School will hold a formal opening of its new after-school day-care program for developmentally disabled children today. The program, which began operating at the facility for handicapped students last September, is based on a model developed by the Easter Seal Society. It is funded by the nonprofit Lanterman Regional Center and donations from local Century 21 offices. Care for children from Burbank, Glendale and La Crescenta is provided after school from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
November 6, 2013 | By James Rainey
Mall developer and political mover Rick Caruso pledged $5 million Wednesday to expand an "ecosystem" of social and educational programs in Watts, with the goal of helping 200 young people break out of poverty and violence in South Los Angeles. The donation from the Caruso Family Foundation will support the programs for a decade. It will pay for about a seven-fold increase in students benefiting from tutors, weekend mentors and college scholarships via Operation Progress, an umbrella service organization founded in 1999 by Los Angeles police officers.
October 30, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Arnold Schwarzenegger made an appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and the Hollywood actor and former California governor was uncharacteristically disciplined. Reporters tried to get Schwarzenegger to go off script, to tear into the rigid partisanship on Capitol Hill, but he wouldn't take the bait. Standing alongside two of the Senate's most liberal Democrats - Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Barbara Boxer of California - Schwarzenegger demurred when asked his thoughts about Republican lawmakers who have sought to hinder action on climate change, one of his signature issues.
October 21, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Five years ago, the major social issue on the ballot was Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California until it was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Next year, it may be a referendum on a new law involving transgender students. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing students to participate in school programs and use school facilities that match their gender identity, not their physical sex. For example, a student who was born male but is transgender and lives as a female would be able to use the girl's bathroom.
May 23, 2013 | Richard Winton
Jurors awarded an elementary school special needs student $1.4 million after she was sexually assaulted five times by a male classmate during an after-school program in Chatsworth. Santa Monica jurors made the decision Tuesday after an eight-day trial about how much the Los Angeles Unified School District should pay for the injuries the girl suffered because of inadequate supervision at the Superior Street Elementary campus. The jurors apportioned about $731,000 of the damages to the district, with the remainder apportioned to the perpetrator, according to attorneys.
April 11, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
Budget cuts have plagued summer programs at area school districts for years, but the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday that it will offer limited classes for credit recovery this year. Summer school will be limited to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students who have failed a course required for graduation. Ninth-grade students, who have failed an entire year of Algebra 1, may also enroll. Summer school will be provided at 16 high schools throughout the district from July 8, 2013, to Aug. 2, 2013, for students now enrolled in L.A. Unified schools, said Javier Sandoval, an intervention administrator for Beyond the Bell.
December 9, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
From the window of a moving car, the Magnolia Place Family Center in the Pico-Union neighborhood is indistinguishable from much of the rest of urban Los Angeles, wrought in the same pastel hues as any taco stand or liquor store. At first, new mother Rochelle Flores thought it was an adoption center. But after a neighbor said the building had programs for children, Flores decided she had to see for herself. Inside she discovered a brightly colored facility that hosts nonprofits catering to families, a bank, county services and a medical clinic — designed for children, down to the child-size bookshelves.
Alameda Elementary School has received an award for having one of the state's 10 best programs to educate students who have fallen behind in their studies. The school also has been nominated for a national award for the so-called Chapter 1 program, which is federally funded, state Department of Education official Aurora C. Barrozo said.
February 4, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
Hurt by the county's bankruptcy, 10 schools in the Anaheim Union High School district are trying to ease the pain by raising money to pay for school programs. The schools are holding a "Good Sport Walk/Run" Sunday near Anaheim Stadium to raise money for music, arts and athletic programs that are in danger of being cut because of the financial crisis.
November 5, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin dreams in vivid color - though she's been blind since birth. Yellow? That's the scent of ripe lemons and the warm sun glinting off her cheeks as a child in Encino. White is the crunch of snow and the feel of frothy shaving cream oozing between her fingers. Silver is the cool silkiness of chrome. And brown? That's the sound of B-flat. It reminds the singer of chocolate. "I always joke that part of me can sense color from maybe having had a past life," Rubin says.
October 25, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Brooklyn Castle" is a can't-miss film that doesn't. It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot. That team comes from I.S. 318, a junior high school in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn where more than 65% of the students come from homes whose incomes are below the federal poverty line. Yet over a multi-year period, the school has won 26 national chess titles, more than any other junior high in the country.
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