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February 21, 2004 | Donald E. Baumeister
I have zero tolerance for zero-tolerance application in education. This nearly ubiquitous public policy wears the mask of fairness, equality and due process while harboring a face of bureaucratic rigidity, intolerance and shortsightedness, particularly when it comes to schools. Unfortunately for those caught in its web, zero-tolerance implementation requires zero thought, zero judgment and zero humanity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expectations were high when parents and students celebrated the September opening of Aliso Niguel High School, a $50-million high-tech showpiece that educators said marked the "debut of a new era." While some parents and students remain optimistic, others have seen their hopes turn to bitter frustration and complain that the Capistrano Unified School District rushed to open the school before it was ready.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1996 | Cecilia Rasmussen
The Los Angeles electorate's failure to approve the Board of Education's plea for a multibillion-dollar bond issue to finance badly needed school renovation and construction has sent analysts and school officials scrambling for explanations. Many attribute the voters' rejection of the proposal to "the realities of the new Los Angeles."
NEWS
January 16, 1992
Teachers ask you to raise your hand if you have any questions, reminding the class that there are no such things as dumb questions. Riiiight. Getting the answers you need, when you need them, from the people who have them, can be quite tricky. Hot Topics wonders: "If you were guaranteed an honest response to any question, who would you ask, and what would be the question?" "I'd ask God why I can't get my locker open."
SPORTS
February 7, 1986 | STEVE BEATTY
Rightfully or not, La Jolla Country Day School has built two distinct reputations since it opened in 1926. One is that of a strong, college-preparatory school that provides its students, who range in age from preschool to high school, with one of the best educations in San Diego County. The other is that of an athletic doormat for other 1-A Coastal League schools. It seemed that academics and athletics didn't mix. But the Torres boys' basketball team is helping to change that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To students attending Chadwick School in 1963, counterculture meant smoking a cigarette or sneaking off the private school's Palos Verdes Peninsula campus. Or launching an alternative newspaper called The Sardine, which was banned after it criticized the administration of Chadwick--then a boarding school--for not letting students wear white Levis. The paper's editor was Jann Wenner, a senior who later would launch another alternative publication, Rolling Stone.
SPORTS
October 21, 1987 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
There are those who live life as it comes. There are others who try to shape their own destinies. And then there's Brian Fleming, a senior wide receiver, safety, kicker and punter at Laguna Hills High School, who, at times, lives life as it were some kind of animated cartoon. "He's quite a character," said Paul Weinberger, Laguna Hills coach. "Brian has an effervescent personality, to say the very least. His body language says it all."
NEWS
November 9, 1989 | DICK WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bright spot in Pius X High School's most recent loss, other than that a touchdown finally was scored to end a bleak succession of five shutouts, was a 125-pound running back. With one game left on its schedule, Pius X has an 0-8 record, due mainly to lack of talent. The Warriors, winless last year, have scored four touchdowns this season and given up an average of 44 points a game. But the team's hard times have induced in the Downey school a hopefulness that a breakthrough lies just ahead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1993 | Dana Parsons
By the time I'm through, you'll swear I've made too much of this. Heck, I admit it. Even in my own head, I know that what happens 1,500 miles away in Marquette, Neb., doesn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. It's just that when you're a kid and you spend some of your most impressionable years in a town, you never shake the memories. For me, that place was Marquette, a town of about 200 people in central Nebraska, where we settled when I was 8 and stayed for four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1991 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Ferrell felt she could trust her teachers and fellow students at Bay Park Elementary School and reveal her long-kept secret. So she went to school last month for the first time without her wig, and led the student body in its daily aerobics exercise, revealing a head as smooth as the skin of a newborn baby. Her trust was well-founded: Not a single one of Bay Park's 476 students made fun of her baldness.
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