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May 25, 2008 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
HE IS one of the rare gentlemen who can extinguish a candle flame with the flick of a bullwhip. But growing up in London in Ontario, Canada, Anthony De Longis always favored school plays over sports. "I felt very awkward," recalls De Longis, who now divides his time between Canyon Country and Vancouver. "I was never particularly physically adept, and I realized as an actor, my physical instrument is a huge part of my storytelling vocabulary.
May 1, 2008
Re "L.A. Unified is rethinking offers of space," April 26 I applaud Deputy Supt. Ray Cortines for reviewing charters on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Last year, I was told that a charter school would be taking over "unused" classroom space at my school. The district never asked me how many classrooms were available or how they were being used. We lost a computer lab, a tutoring room, ESL classes for adults and space for students receiving emotional counseling. Our enrollment is growing, and we will be even more squeezed for space this fall.
March 1, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Alex Schwertfeger doesn't know what college she wants to attend. But the Notre Dame High School junior is convinced that the key to entry at her dream school is the SAT. To boost her score, she attended a pricey private prep class and spent countless hours at home studying drills and completing practice tests. Before she went to bed many nights, she flipped through flashcards of the 200 most popular vocabulary words to appear on the test.
December 3, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
On a recent chilly fall day, the Mar Vista Family Center was a whirling vortex of all the constituencies that Lucia Diaz, who oversees the mix, has vowed to help. In one building, elementary- and middle-school students polished off a meal before being tutored. On the other side of the dead-end street -- a cozy Culver City cul-de-sac that Diaz has claimed for the center -- pre-teen girls chatted and laughed at tables in a big classroom.
June 3, 2007
The effective use of tutors in India to help students in America serves as a cautionary tale for education policymakers ("Calling India," by Scott Kraft, May 6). We persist in the comforting delusion that a four-year college degree, particularly from a marquee-name school, will be the ticket to financial success. This approach is not only unrealistic for the majority of college-bound students, but it is harmful for the majority of vocationally talented students. It exacerbates the appalling dropout rate among the latter group by forcing them to take courses they have no interest in, or aptitude for, when they could instead be taking classes that provide the training they want and need.
April 15, 2007 | Liz Kay, Baltimore Sun
It wasn't until the sixth grade that Michael Durst decided he wanted to become a bar mitzvah. His parents didn't belong to a synagogue, so the family hired a freelance tutor who schooled the 12-year-old in his Torah passage and officiated at the ceremony marking Michael's journey into Jewish adulthood, which was held in the hall of a Methodist church.
January 28, 2007 | Marco Lui, Associated Press Writer
Angela Yiu and Stella Cheng spent weeks meeting with fashion stylists and photographers before deciding on the miniskirts and high heels to wear in their promotion campaign. They're not models peddling perfume or sports cars. They're English tutors who earn good money by helping secondary school students pass Hong Kong's grueling exams to get into college.
January 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Ventura High School band tutor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of engaging in sexual acts with one of his underage students, authorities said. Stephen Ridley, 33, of Beverly Hills was charged with two felony counts of having illegal sex with a juvenile and booked into Ventura County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000. Sheriff's deputies found Ridley and the 17-year-old girl engaging in sex acts inside his parked car about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30, officials said.
January 3, 2007 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Seven-year-old Whitney Montoya loves the "Junie B. Jones" series of books for children, and she especially loves the way her mother reads them to her, dramatically voicing the role of Junie, the sassy first-grader who experiences one humorous misadventure after another. For Whitney's mom, Sandra Montoya, the bedtime reading sessions provide mother and daughter with valuable one-on-one time and they help Whitney learn to appreciate books, stories and words.
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