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May 10, 1994
Seven Ventura County schools are among 180 middle schools and high schools across the state that have been named California Distinguished Schools this year. Cabrillo Middle School in the Ventura Unified School District; Medea Creek Middle School and Oak Park High School in Oak Park Unified; Charles Blackstock and E.O.
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October 1, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
An Ojai school bus driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after her bus collided with a pickup truck Wednesday while ferrying children to school during her morning run, authorities said. Several dozen children were on board the Ojai Unified School District bus, but no injuries were reported, the California Highway Patrol said. Kim Fullenwider, 53, was driving in the Live Oak Acres area when the accident occurred about 7:30 a.m., the CHP said. She made a U-turn in front of an approaching pickup, whose driver tried to stop but hit the rear of the bus. Fullenwider has been driving for the school district for 19 years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Some Ventura County junior high students will flex their thinking muscles today as scholars from around the state compete to see which teams and individuals are the most nimble number-crunchers. The four-member team from Fremont Intermediate School in Oxnard, along with one school team each from Goleta and Santa Barbara, defeated four rival teams to advance to the competition, called Mathcounts.
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October 3, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of a Ventura County high school baseball coach for what he said were health reasons came after he allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to one of his players, according to public records and interviews. Seven games into last season, Mike Lee stepped down as coach at Westlake High, while remaining a teacher at Newbury Park High, both in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
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July 23, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County schools posted some of the highest scores in Southern California on a historic test of basic skills, topping every other Southland county in reading and edging close to Orange County in science, while lagging further behind in math. Paced by schools in Camarillo and the Conejo Valley, average scores posted on the Stanford 9 exam ranked Ventura County 19th overall out of the state's 58 counties in reading, 20th in math and 26th in science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999
In an era of high-stakes accountability based on statewide test scores, county school districts showed marked improvement on the Stanford 9 achievement exam, advances attributed to more teacher collaboration, stronger reading instruction and an emphasis on test preparation. While scores rose across the board in all 20 districts, Oxnard Elementary, Fillmore Unified and Ojai Unified showed the most progress among the county's largest districts, according to a statistical analysis by The Times.
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November 1, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advanced placement classes, designed to give a boost to high-achieving students, are not equally distributed throughout Ventura County schools. This, educators say, is placing hundreds of high school seniors at a disadvantage when they compete for admission to the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities.
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December 29, 1992 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a continuing upward trend, the number of Ventura County public school students who speak little or no English increased by nearly 2,000, or about 10%, last year, according to a new report. The influx brings the number of limited-English-speaking students in the county to about one-fifth of the county's 116,230 students, according to the report by the office of the Ventura County superintendent of schools. The statistics were compiled from last spring's enrollment figures.
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October 18, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unless schools target Latino students aggressively, stop justifying their failures and help them to succeed, Ventura County educators fear that a growing number of these students could be in danger of falling behind their peers or dropping out of school. Already, the challenges are daunting. Educators are scrambling to find ways to motivate Latino students in the face of low test scores, high dropout rates, and language and socioeconomic barriers that have historically plagued many of them.
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July 24, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This summer, Lana Fricke's fifth-grade students built a lush rain forest in their Simi Valley classroom, with tree trunks of twisted brown paper, waterfalls of blue cellophane and flowers of painted cotton balls. Fricke is one of a group of Ventura County elementary-school teachers who are spending summer school experimenting with a new teaching method called storyline, a technique that seeks to integrate science, social studies and other subjects by having students delve deeply into one topic.
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March 10, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Almost one-third of Ventura County schools last year surpassed a stringent state target set for academic accomplishment, nearly twice the number of local campuses that achieved that distinction the year before, according to new California school rankings. Sixty schools posted scores of 800 or better on the 2003 Academic Performance Index, the state's annual measure of academic progress. In 2002, only 36 local schools met that target -- one of the state's primary performance goals.
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May 10, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
More California students will be forced to pay for public transportation, carpool or walk to school next year because those yellow school buses won't be stopping in their neighborhoods. In response to the state's budget crisis, some cash-starved school districts are scaling back on bus routes or eliminating rides altogether, while others are instituting or raising transportation fees. School officials say cutting down on transportation costs helps save other popular programs, as well as jobs.
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December 23, 2002 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
It was only mid-December, but already teachers like Michael Wittlin were bidding some of their students a holiday farewell. Off they went, on extended family vacations south of the border. But before they left Wittlin's Ventura County classroom for rural Mexico, he gave them something to remember him by: homework. Lots of it. Eight-year-old Jasmin Martinez didn't mind.
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November 25, 2002 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
It's a problem that has been around as long as students have been applying to college: the lost high school transcript. Teenagers complain about it. Admissions counselors agonize over it. Last year, Hollywood took it on with the comedy "Orange County," in which a high-achieving student's hopes of going to Stanford are threatened when his school botches the transcript transmission.
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September 6, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing stooped before the sentencing judge, a 75-year-old retired schoolteacher and former Ventura County school board member apologized Thursday for molesting his children three decades ago and pleaded for leniency. "I am very sorry if I caused any harm to my children," Albert Rosen said in a gravelly voice, his balding head bowed. "I can't explain it. But I am sorry."
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July 4, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County school board member was convicted Wednesday of molesting a 6-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. Albert Rosen, 75, a retired teacher and longtime member of the Ventura County Board of Education, resigned a few hours later. He was found guilty of nine criminal counts for engaging in lewd acts with a child. Last month Rosen waived his right to a jury trial and submitted the case to Superior Court Judge Charles McGrath.
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March 16, 1998 | LISA FERNANDEZ
Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Kevin McGee will take off his lawyer's hat Tuesday and become superintendent of Ventura County schools for a day as he follows the real one, Charles Weis, on his daily duties. This will coincide with a county- and statewide activity in which business and community leaders become "Principal for a Day." So far, nearly a dozen lay people have offered to shadow a principal at one of Ventura County schools and spend the morning on campus.
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June 12, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just moments before a Ventura County judge was to rule on his guilt or innocence Tuesday, county school trustee Albert Rosen halted court proceedings and requested that a jury decide the child molestation charges pending against him. "Mr. Rosen has had second thoughts," said Oxnard attorney Joseph O'Neill, who told reporters his client was confused when he waived his trial rights last week.
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May 22, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the tapping of hammers, California State University officials Tuesday unveiled the first phase of a sprawling housing development expected to fuel expansion of Ventura County's only four-year public university over the next 25 years. The University Glen project, being built by Cal State Channel Islands at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, will feature a mix of apartments, townhouses and single-family homes, all available at a discount to the university's faculty and staff.
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