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October 4, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Kent Taylor, superintendent of education in southern Kern County, was selected Wednesday to lead the Inglewood school district - the first major move by the state after its takeover of the financially troubled district. Before his Kern County stint, Taylor worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and school board member in several Southern California districts, mostly in the San Bernardino area. He grew up in Inglewood and graduated from Inglewood High in 1982, facts he emphasized repeatedly during a Wednesday news conference.
December 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Some encouraging news on the childhood obesity front: Obesity levels among kindergartners through eighth-graders in New York City have gone down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The decline, says the report, is to date the largest drop on record in a large U.S. city in this population, and it may be due to a comprehensive intervention that included the tried-and-true recipe of better food and more physical activity. The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today finds that, from 2006 and 2007 to 2010 and 2011, obesity prevalence in kindergartners through eighth-graders in city public elementary and middle schools declined 5.5%, from 21.9% to 20.7%.
November 13, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe
Nancy Crop is a Palo Alto civil rights attorney. Cushon Bell is a Pasadena educational activist and former teacher. Teri Levy is a Los Angeles creative artist in fashion and photography. But even though all three high-powered women are privileged to send their children to excellent public schools, they say they are haunted by the countless California children stuck at low-performing campuses. This weekend, they are giving up free time to train with 100 other parent leaders organizing for more school funding, top-notch teachers and a high-quality education for all students.
June 13, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
When veteran educator Arturo Delgado takes over as the superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education next month, he will face a formidable challenge: charting a new course for an unheralded but powerful agency that has been hammered by budget cuts and faulted for failing to adequately educate the troubled and incarcerated youth it serves. Delgado was chosen for the post by the county Board of Supervisors last week after a closed-door meeting. He was one of five finalists for the position that was vacated last August when Darline P. Robles retired amid controversies over the safety and academic progress of students in detention facilities.
June 7, 2011 | Sandy Banks
It's hard to feel sorry for First Avenue Middle School in Arcadia, even in the midst of the state's most punishing budget crisis in years. The campus is a standout in a school district known for excellence; its high-achieving students, stable teacher corps and broad array of classes would make it the envy even of high schools in Los Angeles. But that success now feels like a double-edged sword as school officials go hat in hand to a community that finds it hard to believe that the threat to their rock-solid campus is real.
May 14, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles Unified school police officer charged with faking his own shooting, triggering a massive manhunt and schools lockdown, pleaded not guilty Friday after a six-count grand jury indictment was unsealed. Jeffrey Stenroos, 30, answered to charges handed down Thursday in the indictment, including allegations that he planted evidence. The indictment supersedes existing charges and avoids the need for a preliminary hearing. The lockdown and manhunt in January cordoned off much of Woodland Hills and cost the city and schools more than $400,000.
February 8, 2011 | Sandy Banks
While most Super Bowl viewers were stuck at halftime with Day-Glo dancers and hip-hop singers, the guests at Gary and Cherna Gitnick's Super Bowl party got to listen to a panel of city leaders pontificate on the problems facing city schools. It was about as entertaining as it sounds. Eleven experts, 45 minutes, and a moderator whose first question was as broad and unwieldy as the Los Angeles school system: How do we develop the school district's infrastructure so that it is efficient, respects parent input, and promotes high school graduation and college enrollment?
January 11, 2011 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The New York City school system can publicly release performance ratings for more than 12,000 teachers based on their students' test scores, in what would be the largest such disclosure in the country, a Manhattan judge ruled Monday. The interests of parents and taxpayers outweigh the privacy rights of public employees, said Manhattan Judge Cynthia S. Kern. "The public has an interest in the job performance of public employees, particularly in the field of education," Kern wrote.
June 24, 2010
Gerald Heaney Judge's opinions helped desegregate schools Gerald Heaney, 92, a retired federal judge who wrote or helped write opinions that led to the desegregation of schools in St. Louis, Omaha and Little Rock, Ark., died Tuesday in Duluth, Minn. The cause was not given. As a labor lawyer and political figure, Heaney helped form the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota with the likes of Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy. In 1966, then-Sen. McCarthy recommended to President Johnson that he name Heaney a federal judge.
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