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June 17, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
Ann was just 14 when she wound up at Northpoint School in September. She had spent time in a psychiatric hospital after cutting herself and starting fires, one of which was at her high school. But eight months later, with the help of Northpoint's learning lab, Ann (not her real name) is now a budding poet who may have some of her work published along with that of her classmates. Students will receive awards for their poetry June 25 at the school's year-end performance.
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February 13, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The former executive director of a foundation set up to help needy students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College was arrested Thursday on suspicion of embezzlement and public corruption. Jiah Rhea Chung, 43, was arrested by investigators with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and is suspected of embezzling nearly $140,000 while she served as the foundation's director between 2009 and 2011, authorities said. The Times reported on issues surrounding Chung's pay and benefits in early 2012.
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July 30, 1988 | GUY MAXTONE-GRAHAM, Times Staff Writer
Michael Holloway says his first summer job is tough but rewarding. For the last three weeks, the 14-year-old from East Los Angeles has been working with friends cleaning up sites around the city: picking up trash, planting trees and painting over graffiti. The work, paid for by the city's new "Clean and Green" youth employment program, is designed to make Los Angeles more beautiful and--just as importantly--to give students at city schools pride in a job well done. Michael says it's working.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's excellent scrapbook documentary "Fame High," which premieres Thursday on Showtime (after a brief theatrical release), spends a year at LACHSA, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a by-audition public institution located on the grounds of Cal State L.A. Quite possibly you were unaware of its existence until just a moment ago. The title, of course, recalls the movie "Fame" and the TV show fashioned from it...
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April 10, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kids were jumping. Dialogue was flying. Images were flashing. Excitement was pulsating. A scene from MTV? Nope. Those in the animated schoolyard crowd at the edge of downtown Los Angeles were merely explaining how 50 youngsters teamed to win a shoe store chain's music video contest last week. The 32nd Street USC Magnet School's three-minute video beat 26 other entries produced by students at Los Angeles-area junior high schools.
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June 6, 1994 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Terrie La Vann, a sixth-grader at 68th Street School in South-Central Los Angeles, had a question Sunday for the people vying to become California's next superintendent of public instruction. Striding purposefully to the microphone set up in an elementary school auditorium, the 12-year-old calmly faced the grown-ups sitting on the stage and got right to the point: "What can you do to increase our reading scores?"
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July 1, 1998 | Eva Baker and David Niemi, Baker is co-director and Niemi is assistant director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, a federally funded think tank that helps develop tests and analyze student performance
It's human nature to look at unhappy circumstances and try to understand them. But there is a fine line between finding explanations and making excuses. Consider the results unfolding from the statewide testing program. Put simply, our children do not yet measure up when compared to a national sample of students on the Stanford 9 achievement test. We can offer explanations for this, some plausible, some less so.
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July 29, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
An influential business group has endorsed a bill to protect the rights of minority and other disadvantaged students in the event of a breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Senate Bill 699 would ensure that financial resources would continue to be distributed evenly and that schools would remain integrated in the wake of a breakup, said officials of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., which is working to create a better-educated labor force.
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December 31, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Making the transition from middle school to high school can be a daunting challenge even for students used to being at the head of the class. For Jessica Watson, 14, a former honor student at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, the change also involved a move to an exclusive boarding school in New England. Jessica has adjusted to life at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., the oldest boarding school in America, with success, school officials said. She has maintained a 3.
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August 21, 1990 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
After a heated session, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted 6 to 1 on Monday to approve proposals to give 27 schools more autonomy and allow them to operate outside of formal district policies. The vote followed a lengthy debate about whether the board should grant all 27 schools waivers of district policies when many of their restructuring plans appear to fall short of the goal of raising student achievement.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Fame may be fleeing, but the kids in "Fame High" will stay with you. Directed, photographed and co-edited by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, "Fame High" covers a year and change in the life of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, familiarly known as LACHSA, one of the top performing arts schools in the country. Though this scenario may sound familiar, courtesy of the 1980 and 2009 versions of "Fame" and TV shows such as "Glee," the film itself is not. Try as they might, fictional kids can't compete with the real thing, don't compel us like these earnest, hopeful and winning young people, bound and determined to devote themselves to their art. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments It's not only this idealism that makes the subjects of "Fame High" so compelling, it's also their honesty, their willingness to open a window into their lives at that pivotal moment when they're taking their first tentative steps toward becoming their own person personally and professionally.
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December 17, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it "nasty, rotty stuff. " So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.
SPORTS
March 14, 2009 | Chris Foster, ; Staff And Wire Reports
E.J. Woods, a defensive back at UCLA, has been charged with assaulting two female students, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said. Woods, a 19-year-old freshman, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and four counts of battery. He could face up to one year in jail for each sexual battery charge and six months for each battery charge.
NEWS
March 22, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proving to teenagers that there is more to Los Angeles than meets the eye is as simple as connecting the dots, an art group showed Wednesday. Dozens of continuation high school students teamed up with professional artists to depict the city in a series of exhibits unveiled at a downtown landmark--Grand Central Market. One group of San Fernando Valley youngsters used pointillism and picnic plates to map a community that they are learning extends well beyond their own neighborhood.
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July 27, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve-year-old Dasha Slezko has had one incredible month, living in the dorms at UCLA alongside a dozen kids from Los Angeles and another dozen from South Africa. The North Hollywood girl said she has learned a lot about her new friends, namely that young people from opposite ends of the world and different walks of life share many of the same concerns.
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July 9, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many high school football players, Eddie Robinson and his Reseda High teammates engaged in trash talking and aggressive behavior on the field. But the profanity, shoving and rudeness tapered off last season after coaches introduced character education, the latest trend among teachers and principals fed up with obnoxious behavior and bad attitudes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1990 | JAN BRESLAUER
With all the talk these days about the new Los Angeles, it makes sense that avant-garde artists would be among the first to make hay out of the multicultural mix. And so they now have. In a multidiscipline environmental performance as eclectic as this city, three artists have joined forces in a unique collaboration with a group of students from the Scheenway School and Community Center in Watts.
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December 18, 1990 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District took the first step Monday toward revamping its school health-care program after hearing a report that criticized the district's 50 doctors and 500 nurses for being busier with paper work than medical services. School board members adopted the report's harsh findings and its recommendation that the district join forces with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to eliminate overlapping services and inefficient use of staff and resources.
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November 14, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Andre Kinney, the Holocaust is a hazy term in a history book, like the Civil War or the Ice Age. The 11-year-old isn't sure when it happened, or how many people died. "About 3 million?" he asked. On Monday, Andre and his classmates from Sutter Middle School in Canoga Park came face to face with that epoch in a way that no history book could convey. They viewed images. Not the grainy, black-and-white photos of death camps the world has come to know. But art from those who survived.
NEWS
May 24, 2000 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They had their 15 minutes of fame, and they were not impressed by it. Three teens, known as the Toxic Crusaders to their friends, have earned national recognition from Time magazine, a TV salute as environmental heroes, and all sorts of kudos from government and school officials. What have Fabiola Tostado, 16, Maria Perez, 16, and Nevada Dove, 19, learned from their experiences fighting the system?
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