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By Patrice Apodaca | June 14, 2013
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. " - William Butler Yeats The end of the school year is upon us. Our brains are fried, we're exhausted from relentless term-ending activities and our kids checked out mentally weeks ago. When summer beckons, it's not usually the time when we ask ourselves the Big Questions that keep us awake at night. Still, before we flip the switch to full summer mode, it's worth taking a moment to consider the following: What is the purpose of education?
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By Patrice Apodaca | May 3, 2013
Underlying all the many issues in education is one big, persistent problem: income inequality. From preschool to college, from test scores to technology access, socioeconomic status is the single most important determinant of student opportunity and achievement. This has long been, and probably will always be the case, but it hasn't always been addressed or even fully acknowledged. Recently, however, some bold, yet vastly different, responses to the have/have-not problem have emerged, each bringing fresh controversy while challenging our ideas about how far our public school system should go to try to engineer solutions.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 3, 2013
Adams Elementary School Principal Gabriel Del Real was avoiding something at the end of the Friday's morning assembly. "But I have to do it because I promised," he said. "You promised, all right!" a student shouted from the crowd of kids sitting on the blacktop. Making good on his pledge, Del Real stepped into a chalk square drawn on the ground and prepared to be covered in silly string. As a reward for their 100% participation in Adams' jog-a-thon fundraiser April 24, two classes got to spray the principal from head to toe. Soon he was cocooned in pink foam while the audience screamed with delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 2, 2013
Jene Meece got involved with Kenya on a whim. In 2006, the Newport Beach resident read a news story about Father Henry Simaro, head of the African Child Foundation, visiting the United States to raise money for Fanaka Primary School, in the Kenyan town of Athi River. Now, Meece works alongside Simaro as the executive director of Cradle to Career: Kenya, and she's seen results. To date, the nonprofit has sent hundreds of girls through middle school, and it's looking to build a dormitory at Mt. Olive Academy, also located in Athi River, that will house 200 more.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 11, 2013
After a quarter of a century, employees at Mariners Christian School had to pause to think about what's changed since the school opened in 1987. "Usually people change and come and go, but it's easier to answer what has not changed," said Kathy Hilts, who helped form the private Costa Mesa institution and still works in the office. Mariners is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Thursday, Hilts and Susan Nielson, who have been with the school since its inception, reminisced about the beginning.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 6, 2013
As Newport Beach science teacher Jean-Paul Rimlinger put it, trapping voles and mice in Nova Scotia isn't typical professional development. Nevertheless, that's where he was for a week at the end of March, helping a group of scientists track mammal populations in a square mile of Canadian forest. Each day, he braved freezing temperatures to observe locations like a beaver lodge that were completely still one moment and active the next. "Boom, a beaver popped its head out, looked around, assessed the situation and went about its business," he said.
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By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 19, 2013
The Newport Ocean Sailing Assn. (NOSA) hosts a safety and educational seminar Wednesday. The seminar is from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Marine Newport Beach, 900 W. Coast Hwy. Two more seminars are scheduled for March 27 in San Diego and Dana Point. Officials say participants will receive safety information and strategies pertaining to the 2013 Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, which is scheduled to set off from Balboa Pier on April 26. While NOSA organizes these seminars yearly, the need for them was heightened after four sailors on the Aegean died during the Newport-to-Ensenada race last April.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 16, 2013
Although Irvine's City Council didn't get to it until almost seven hours after the meeting started, 17 public speakers waited to weigh in on local gun-control measures. Tuesday's meeting started at 3 p.m., two hours earlier than usual, but the discussion, sparked by Councilman Larry Agran broaching the subject at the Feb. 12 meeting, didn't come up until around 10 p.m. Agran first proposed a seven-point motion this week but narrowed it to two recommendations: appointing more school resource officers with Measure BB funds and urging Mayor Steven S. Choi to join Mayors against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition that includes more than 900 mayors from 45 states.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 6, 2013
As it develops a plan for long-term survival, a school district program that teaches high school students college-level classes is accepting applications for the next school year. Early College High School announced the call for students Tuesday and posted the application at earlycollege.nmusd.us . A short-term contract that kept the school running expires this summer, but the program will continue operating in 2013-14, according to Newport-Mesa Unified. Early College exists by partnering with a college to teach courses at its Mesa Verde campus.
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