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July 28, 2004 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The teacher with the business suit and boyish looks is shuttling around the classroom -- penciling out multiplication tables for one student, explaining long division to another, helping a third decipher a vocabulary list. "What's your name, again?" a student asks. "O'Connell." "You the principal?" "No. Just helping out. One of the teachers." Well, not just any teacher.
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September 3, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Nearly one in 10 students in the class of 2009 did not pass the state's high school exit exam, which is required to receive a diploma. The results, released Wednesday, were nearly stagnant compared with the previous year. By the end of their senior year, 90.6% of students in the graduating class had passed the two-part exam, compared with 90.4% in the class of 2008. "These gains are incremental, but they are in fact significant and they are a true testimony to the tremendous work being done by our professional educators . . . as well as our students," said state Supt.
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June 23, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The letters and the phone calls keep coming. Angry ones. Friendly ones. Some filled with dispassionate reasoning, others raging with fire and brimstone. As the state Senate nears a key decision on gay marriages, Sen. Jack O'Connell (D-Santa Barbara) has been targeted as the pivotal vote on whether California will legally recognize same-gender marriages sanctioned by other states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2009 | Seema Mehta
California's top education official sought Tuesday to counter federal criticism of the state's reluctance to use student test scores to evaluate teachers, paying a visit to Long Beach to highlight one of the few California school districts to make extensive use of such data. The Long Beach Unified School District's use of student scores to assess the effectiveness of programs, instructional strategies and teachers is a rarity in California, and state Supt.
OPINION
April 24, 2004
Re "School's No-Bias Wording Gets OK," April 20: Congratulations are in order for the Westminster School District's refusal to back down over the repeated threats from the state superintendent of public instruction, Jack O'Connell, to punish those board members for standing up for what is wholesome and rational-minded. Their opposition to a dangerous policy that separates the words "sex" and "gender" to allow cross-dressing is not, in his words, "a destructive example for our children."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is expected today to appeal to the state Supreme Court a judge's decision to strike down the California high school exit exam. Last week, an Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the exam, which students were required to pass to graduate. He ruled that the test presents an unfair hurdle to many poor and minority students attending subpar schools.
NEWS
November 23, 1989
As a lifelong Republican by nature and by nurture, I have never before been so ashamed to admit support (by association) of a GOP representative such as Tom McClintock. His rabble-rousing appeal to the least thoughtful of the electorate by use of such terms as "placing the safety of rodents ahead of the safety of toddlers" is beneath contempt. One can only be grateful for such responsible and compassionate people as Jack O'Connell and Beverly McGrath in the long fight against unnecessary cruelty, as practiced in the deliberate poisoning of dogs for commercial gain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1992
This letter is in reference to your article, "O'Connell Rules Out Seeking a Seat in Congress," Jan. 31. As members of a 51% majority group of the population--women--with less than 7% representation in Congress and 2% representation in the Senate, we were very disappointed that Nels Henderson, the chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, while expressing regret at Jack O'Connell's decision not to challenge Gallegly, failed to express support for...
NEWS
March 19, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Jack O'Connell (D-Carpinteria) was elected Speaker pro tem by his colleagues Monday. O'Connell, 39, first elected to the Assembly in 1982, succeeds Mike Roos, a Los Angeles Democrat who has resigned to head a group formed to improve Los Angeles public schools. O'Connell defeated Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R-Santa Rosa) on a 41-27 party-line vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2006 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
State schools chief Jack O'Connell swept through the Inland Empire on Friday, urging the governor to sign a bill that would provide nearly $3 billion for the state's worst-performing schools, and honoring a Moreno Valley elementary school recently named among the nation's best. After touring Mountain View Elementary in Riverside, O'Connell extolled the benefits of the Quality Education Investment Act, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign in the coming days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2009 | Seema Mehta and Howard Blume
As California received billions of dollars Friday to stave off widespread teacher layoffs, the state's highest elected education official pledged to reform schools, aligning academic standards with other states, rewarding teachers who work in the most challenging classrooms and improving student assessments.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2008 | Regina Marler, Special to The Times
Jack O'CONNELL'S "The Resurrectionist" is a novel of two realms that overlap and pucker like a Cub Scout project: "real life" in a gloomy, family-run asylum for coma patients and the fantasy world of the comic book series "Limbo," in which a wandering gaggle of outcast circus freaks follows the inspirations of its visionary Chicken Boy. Sedate it ain't. Forty pages in, you've seen a neck-snapping, a stabbing and a stolen fetus glimmering wetly in the bottom of a satchel.
OPINION
January 23, 2008
The subject of education reform can inspire rhetoric verging on the poetic, replete with pedagogical innovations and experiments that promise the academic and social uplift of struggling students. But the work of improving schools is often anything but lyrical. It's research, collecting data, aligning standards. This nuts-and-bolts approach to improving schools is largely what Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell proposed in his State of Education speech Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2006 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
State schools chief Jack O'Connell swept through the Inland Empire on Friday, urging the governor to sign a bill that would provide nearly $3 billion for the state's worst-performing schools, and honoring a Moreno Valley elementary school recently named among the nation's best. After touring Mountain View Elementary in Riverside, O'Connell extolled the benefits of the Quality Education Investment Act, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign in the coming days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on Wednesday urged schools across California to work closely with local health officials to prepare for a potential pandemic flu. O'Connell unveiled a new checklist advising schools how to plan for a pandemic. Tips include supplying each room with soap, water and paper towels or hand sanitizer and establishing a backup chain of command in case employees fall ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
In the security line at the Sacramento airport, Jack O'Connell keeps seeing people he knows. Here comes a former finance chief for Gov. Gray Davis. There's a former assemblyman and mayor of Sacramento. Kicking off his black-tasseled loafers, O'Connell passes through the metal detector. At the gate for the Southwest Airlines flight to Santa Ana, more friends: a prominent political strategist. An assistant to the state education secretary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1998 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a partisan vote, an Assembly committee approved a measure Monday that would allow passage of local school bonds by a simple majority vote rather than the two-thirds majority now required. The 11-3 vote by the Democratic-controlled Assembly Education Committee on the approach to repairing and expanding public school campuses was the first volley in what is shaping up as the Capitol's major battle over education reform. The bill by Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
In a longshot attempt to break the impasse on the budget and keep payments for education flowing, the state schools chief announced Thursday that he would soon ask the courts to suspend California's constitutional requirement that spending plans be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature. State Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is expected today to appeal to the state Supreme Court a judge's decision to strike down the California high school exit exam. Last week, an Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the exam, which students were required to pass to graduate. He ruled that the test presents an unfair hurdle to many poor and minority students attending subpar schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2004 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The teacher with the business suit and boyish looks is shuttling around the classroom -- penciling out multiplication tables for one student, explaining long division to another, helping a third decipher a vocabulary list. "What's your name, again?" a student asks. "O'Connell." "You the principal?" "No. Just helping out. One of the teachers." Well, not just any teacher.
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