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OPINION
February 9, 2003
The stinging defeat of Nativo V. Lopez puts the Santa Ana school district on track to confront its most pressing issues: building sorely needed campuses and educating largely underprivileged students for successful lives. But the bitter Lopez recall campaign revealed a deeper dysfunction that cannot be fixed solely by seating a new trustee.
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May 30, 1996 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
School board member Tom Chaffee, who frequently found himself on the losing end of 3-2 votes on social programs in the schools, resigned Wednesday. Chaffee, an engineer, said in his resignation letter that he was moving out of the school district boundaries, but did not say why. His resignation is effective immediately. "It is with deep regret that I must submit my resignation from the Board of Education effective this date, May 29, 1996," Chaffee wrote in a two-paragraph letter to Supt.
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March 24, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suggestion to bus students to a highly regarded Santa Ana elementary school from a nearby campus will not be pursued, school board members said Tuesday. "There is no busing issue," John Palacio, Santa Ana Unified School District president, said in an interview before the meeting. "It was just an idea, not a proposal even. We were looking at every possible solution, many of which were seen as not plausible."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A piece of land at the former Tustin Marine base that triggered a bitter showdown between Tustin and Santa Ana officials this year could be too contaminated for use as a school, according to environmental tests. The news comes as a blow to plans by the Santa Ana Unified School District to build a combined elementary and middle school on the 22-acre site. District officials said Tuesday that they hadn't completely reviewed an analysis of soil and gas samples taken in August.
NEWS
April 28, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to place more fully qualified elementary teachers at the helm of classes, Cal State University officials today plan to launch a new form of on-the-job training for instructors. The program, called CalStateTEACH, aims to help instructors with emergency teaching permits gain full credentials within 18 months without setting foot in a university lecture hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 8-year-old student at Pio Pico Elementary School in Santa Ana died of bacterial meningitis Saturday at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, school officials said Sunday. Officials said the boy's death over the weekend is the second from the disease in Orange County this month. The name of the child was not released. "We're grieved and very dismayed that this occurred," said Al Mijares, superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana school board voted unanimously Wednesday to fire the consulting firm overseeing the district's $300-million-plus school construction plan, alleging gross mismanagement that led to cost overruns and fewer new campuses than originally planned.
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January 15, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
Wallace R. Davis Elementary School's playground is often littered with an obstacle course of filth that every child should avoid. Among the recent findings were a blow-up doll, a cast-away mattress, five pairs of panties, used condoms, and dozens of empty or broken liquor bottles. Custodian Mike Saldana usually finds the items on Mondays, near a graffiti-filled wall at the Santa Ana school.
OPINION
April 6, 2003
The Santa Ana school board has reversed course and decided not to build an elementary school near some of its toniest neighborhoods. This gets Supt. Al Mijares off the hook with neighbors, but it puts off even further the construction of a badly needed school. Last month, Mijares said the overcrowded district could use land other than the 9-acre parcel near Floral Park that it bought for the Lorin Griset Elementary School. The district hasn't yet found the other land.
OPINION
January 12, 2003
State officials probably will have misgivings about Santa Ana's proposal to add an optional fifth year to high school. They're also likely to question the Santa Ana pilot program that provides an additional year of schooling for kindergarten students who run into problems. True, these innovative programs would cost the state money during a worsening fiscal crisis that has Sacramento cutting schools spending, not adding to it.
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