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Yoga Could Help Prevent Mental Health Disorders in High-School Students

May 12, 2012
Yoga Could Help Prevent Mental Health Disorders in High-School Students

High-schoolers these days are more stressed than ever. Which is why it makes sense that yoga has been proven to help high-school students both physically and psychologically. read more

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Entire Staff At L.A. School To Be Removed During Scandal Probe

February 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The entire staff at an elementary school where two teachers were arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct will be removed while the school district investigates, the Los Angeles school superintendent said Monday night. Superintendent John Deasy told parents and media that 88 teachers and 40 support staff at Miramonte Elementary School are being replaced because a full investigation of allegations is disruptive and staffers will require support to get through the scandal. An entire staff has been trained to come into Miramonte’s classrooms to take over teaching for the time being, and there will be a psychiatric social worker in every classroom to help students and staff cope with any issues. “The last thing I’m worried about is a budget issue,” Deasy said. “The No. 1 thing I’m worried about is the students.” All employees will be paid during the investigation, district spokesman Tom Waldman said. Officials didn’t know how long the investigation will take. School officials canceled classes at the school on Tuesday and Wednesday as a cooling-off period, Waldman said. All current staff members will report to another location, where they will be interviewed, he said. Deasy emphasized that all staff members being brought into the classroom went through a “very rigorous screening process.” Deasy told reporters after the meeting that he was trying “to govern emotion, because that’s important.” United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that union leaders and staff have met with instructors at Miramonte. “We support a thorough, vigorous and fair investigation of all allegations,” the statement said. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that any and all allegations are thoughtfully and carefully investigated.” Maria Jimenez, 51, said the parents of children enrolled at Miramonte are divided over the move. “Some are in favor. Others are against it because they did this without advising us or consulting us,” she said. The move follows the arrest of two Miramonte teachers: Mark Berndt was charged last week with committing lewd acts on 23 children; Martin Springer was arrested Friday on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom. More than a quarter of the students at Miramonte were absent from school Monday while parents demanded more protection at the school, with attendance reaching just 72 percent, according to figures from the Los Angeles Unified School District. About three dozen parents and supporters protested in front of the main doors of the school earlier Monday, some carrying a banner that read, “We the parents demand our children be protected from lewd teacher acts.” The protest was an unusual event in the poor, overwhelmingly Latino neighborhood, where many parents and students struggle with the English language. Many people finally gathered around former state senator-turned-lawyer Martha Escutia, who lectured them in Spanish about how to organize for the media and suggested a catchy name for their fledgling movement: Mothers of Miramonte. As night fell, about 100 angry parents marched from the elementary school to the nearby meeting with administrators. School police watched and sheriff’s deputies were on hand, but there was no violence. Berndt, who worked at the school for 32 years, was charged with committing lewd acts on 23 children, ages 6 to 10, between 2005 and 2010. The acts cited by authorities include blindfolding children and feeding them his own semen in his classroom in what children were allegedly told was a tasting game. Berndt, 61, remains jailed on $23 million bail and could face life in prison if convicted. Springer, 49, was arrested on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom. He was being held on $2 million bail. Springer taught at Miramonte for his entire career, which started in 1986, the district said. He taught second grade. The school board is scheduled to discuss firing him in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. Investigators said they know of no connection between the Miramonte cases. Berndt and Springer know each other and took their classes on at least two joint field trips in the past decade, according to the Los Angeles Times. The district set up a toll-free hotline on Monday to receive reports of suspected abuse at Miramonte, said school board President Monica Garcia in a statement. Garcia added that the district would step up efforts to ensure students and staff realized the importance of reporting misconduct. In the same school district, a janitor at a San Fernando Valley elementary school was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act with a child on a campus. Paul Adame, 37, was taken into custody after a mother told police on Sunday that he had inappropriate contact with her child during school hours Friday at Germain Elementary School in the Chatsworth area north of Los Angeles, police Capt. Kris Pitcher said at a news conference. The captain declined to provide details but urged anyone who might know of other possible victims to contact police. Adame was booked and released on $100,000 bail Monday. It could not be immediately determined if he had an attorney. There was no immediate connection between the arrest of the janitor and the cases at Miramonte, which is 15 miles away in an unincorporated county area of South Los Angeles. ____ Associated Press writer Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report. Read the original here: Entire Staff At L.A. School To Be Removed During Scandal Probe

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Former Students of ‘Tasting Game’ Teacher Complained About Him But No One Believed Them UPDATED

February 3, 2012
Former Students of ‘Tasting Game’ Teacher Complained About Him But No One Believed Them UPDATED

When pictures surfaced of a 30-year veteran teacher blindfolding his students, feeding them semen and putting cockroaches on their faces, you had to wonder: why hadn’t anyone besides a photo lab technician come forward to complain? Some of Mark Berndt’s students did come forward to complain to their parents and counselors when they noticed red flags—but counselors and parents brushed their worries aside. more › More here: Former Students of ‘Tasting Game’ Teacher Complained About Him But No One Believed Them UPDATED

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Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

January 25, 2012
Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

Last year, the Pepperdine student newspaper The Graphic asked the university to finally come out with a decision about whether a gay-straight alliance group on campus was acceptable. The university did just that, announcing that nope, Reach OUT isn’t aligned with the core religious values of the university, which is affiliated with the conservative Church of Christ. more › Here is the original post: Pepperdine University Gives It to Students Straight: There’s No Room for an LGBT Group on Campus

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AAA StartSmart – Parent Teen Driving Agreement: Don’t Take It Lightly

January 10, 2012
AAA StartSmart – Parent Teen Driving Agreement: Don’t Take It Lightly

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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AAA StartSmart – Practice In Poor Weather Too

January 10, 2012
AAA StartSmart – Practice In Poor Weather Too

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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AAA StartSmart – Make Good Decisions Think Ahead

January 8, 2012
AAA StartSmart – Make Good Decisions Think Ahead

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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LAUSD Students Hate New Award-Winning, Healthy School Lunches, Black Market for Cheetos and Ramen Springs Up

December 18, 2011
LAUSD Students Hate New Award-Winning, Healthy School Lunches, Black Market for Cheetos and Ramen Springs Up

LAUSD students hate the new lunch menu. The district has received awards for improving lunches from the U.S.D.A and from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, but the students literally aren’t having it. more › Read the original here: LAUSD Students Hate New Award-Winning, Healthy School Lunches, Black Market for Cheetos and Ramen Springs Up

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AAA StartSmart – Supervised Practice Driving

September 5, 2011
AAA StartSmart – Supervised Practice Driving

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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AAA StartSmart – Texting and Driving = Increased Teen Risk

September 4, 2011
AAA StartSmart – Texting and Driving = Increased Teen Risk

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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