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Bill bans forcing students to reveal grades on IDs

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POSTED June 18, 2012 8:08 p.m.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State lawmakers are seeking to bar mandatory school identification cards revealing students' academic standing.

The state Senate approved the prohibition 34-2 on Monday.

The measure was prompted by two Anaheim high schools that gave students black or gold ID cards and matching notebooks if they did well on standardized tests. Students that did poorly received white cards.

Students with premium cards were entitled to shorter lunch lines and discounts for after-school activities.

Sen. Lou Correa, a Democrat from Anaheim who carried the bill, says students and parents complained that the incentive program was "embarrassing and demoralizing."

AB1166 bans color-coding ID cards based on grades or test scores, but says students can voluntarily wear insignia or emblems honoring their academic achievements.

Brown calls for changes

to flammability standards

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for changes to state flammability standards for upholstered furniture in an effort to reduce the use of what he says are toxic flame retardants.

Brown said in a news release on Monday that a growing body of evidence shows chemicals used as retardants harm human health and the environment.

He has asked state officials to update California's flammability guidelines to reflect modern manufacturing methods that can lower the use of harmful chemicals.

San Diego deputies says

 men stash beer in stroller

VISTA  (AP) — San Diego County sheriff's deputies say two men stole six beers from a Vista convenience store by stashing it under a blanket in the stroller they were using to push two children.

The men walked up to the cash register Sunday afternoon and put potato chips on the counter. When a clerk asked about the beer in the stroller, the men left but another clerk got the license plate of their car.

Perkins says Luis Soto and Vincent Almonte, both 24, were arrested at an Oceanside home for investigation of robbery, commercial burglary, child endangerment, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

Perkins says the children were turned over to county child services.


State reduces pension

of former Bell officials

BELL, Calif. (AP) — The state retirement system has advised two former Bell officials that five years of pension benefits are being shaved from their retirement checks because the city paid for them.

Workers are allowed to buy as many as five years' additional credit toward their pensions but cities can't pay.

Former chief administrative officer Robert Rizzo, who once expected an annual check of $650,000 plus the added years, will get $50,000 and former assistant, Angela Spaccia, who'd planned on $250,000 a year plus more from Bell, will get $34,000.



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