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OPINION
March 9, 2003
In its effort to create a special assessment district, the Irvine Unified School District is pushing the wrong tax, but for all the right reasons. Property owners who understand the true issues behind this tax should vote "yes" on the assessment. Ballots will be mailed within a week and are due back by May 6. They will be counted at the following board meeting.
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March 3, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
It's hard to ignore the cuteness of Steven Yadlowsky's puppy-dog brown eyes and high-pitched, fourth-grader voice. But the 10-year-old hopes Irvine Unified board members will look past his appearance at their Tuesday night meeting and listen to a cost-saving proposal he and his Santiago Hills Elementary School classmates will present. They are the latest -- and probably the youngest -- to suggest how school districts can respond to the state's proposal to slash $6.
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February 20, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Creative financing or skirting legality? However a proposed recreation fee is perceived, Irvine school officials hope voters finally will agree to charge themselves to help the financially strapped district. Four times in the last two decades, Irvine voters have been asked to raise their taxes, and four times they have said no. The fifth attempt would ask property owners to pay $48 a year to use school district recreational facilities.
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October 2, 2002 | Claire Luna
The Irvine school board ended a ban on student use of cell phones and pagers with a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday night. Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation last month allowing districts to permit the use of "electronic signaling devices," banned since 1988 after fears that students would use them to make drug deals. Cell phones are now seen as essential during emergencies--such as the school shootings in Littleton, Colo., and Santee, Calif.
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July 12, 2002 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending months of impasse and bitter exchanges, the financially troubled Irvine Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement, officials announced Thursday. Under the agreement, all teachers will get at least a 2.5% salary increase this fiscal year and at least 1.8% next July 1. Individual raises can be higher, and will vary depending on qualifications and experience.
NEWS
June 23, 2002
Re "Funding Public Education," editorial, May 19: As a parent of three students in the Irvine Unified School District, I applaud the California State Joint Budget Conference Committee for maintaining crucial funding levels for education in the proposed 2002-2003 state budget. I urge California's lawmakers and Gov. Gray Davis to fully fund education at least at the levels recommended by the Joint Budget Conference Committee and to make the commitment to California's children for fair and equitable funding to public schools through equalization funding as provided for in this year's budget proposal.
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May 23, 2002 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trustees may put off choosing a new superintendent for the Irvine Unified School District until they can resolve stalled contract negotiations with teachers, the board's president said Wednesday. "It may not be very wise to bring somebody into the middle of this," Steven S. Choi said the day after the superintendent announced her retirement. The top administrator's departure, he said, "may open up some new channels for dialogue.
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May 7, 2002 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School officials in Irvine will learn today whether a three-month campaign can round up enough money to preserve small class sizes in all four of the earliest primary grades. To help balance a $5.2-million budget deficit, the Irvine Unified School District's Board of Education in January announced plans to pull out of the state-sponsored program, which limits class sizes to 20 students in kindergarten through third grade.
NEWS
February 3, 2002
Re "Deep Budget Cuts Finally Hit Irvine Schools Hard," Jan. 27. I just wish to set the record straight about class sizes in Irvine Unified School District. Your paper has been saying that Irvine will have to do away with class-size reduction in grades kindergarten, second, and third. Kindergarten has never had 20 on the roll. This is my 30th year teaching kindergarten in this district and I have never had only 20 in my class. I now have 33 boys and girls that I am teaching to read, to write in sentences, to learn the addition and subtraction facts, as well as those developmental skills 4- and 5-year-olds are supposed to be working on. I have 33 report cards to complete, 33 parent conferences, and 33 little people that I am responsible for each day. It is time that our neighborhoods get the correct information about our class sizes.
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January 23, 2002 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine school board members debated late Tuesday whether to increase class sizes in primary grades and make the high-scoring district among the first in the state to walk away from a popular class-size reform program. Board members said before the night was out they would make that painful choice or others to address a $5.2-million budget shortfall. Trustees were also considering trimming more than 20 programs, from school nurses to music and science classes.
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