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OPINION
July 17, 2009
Re "Cortines lays down the law," Editorial, July 10 Congratulations for spelling out in your editorial what the LAUSD has to change. Congratulations to Supt. Ramon C. Cortines for facing up to the teachers who have refused to administer tests that measure students' progress. Now it's time for the board to lead in modifying the district's pensions, medical plans and restrictive work rules. This can only be done by changing denial into action, and doing what's best for the kids. Fred Stern Los Angeles Every day in my classroom, I assess my students in a variety of ways.
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OPINION
October 4, 2003
As I read "Plan for Arts Campus Questioned" (Sept. 28), I could not help but think about the L.A. Unified School District high school that I have taught in for 17 years. The Downtown Magnets High School appears to be a "secret" school, a mere five blocks west of Grand on Temple. Although we have been there for over 20 years, we are the stepchild of the building boom in the LAUSD. This is particularly strange, since our major focus is our business magnet, which emphasizes finance, accounting and entrepreneurship.
OPINION
April 5, 1998
The great majority of L.A. Unified schoolteachers are dedicated, hard-working professionals. By almost any evaluation, 98% would qualify for higher salaries than they now earn, if they were in some other profession in the real "working world" you refer to in your March 29 editorial, "LAUSD: Make Merit Count." Look at the job we ask them to do: More than 80 languages are spoken by the immigrant children who have flooded L.A. classrooms, classrooms that chronically lack textbooks and supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
They won nationals. Then they won it again, setting record scores. And on Friday, the winning streak in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Academic Decathlon continued for Granada Hills Charter High School. The school beat out dozens of Los Angeles campuses in the district-wide competition, it was announced Friday evening at an awards ceremony. In the 10-subject battle of wits, the competitors - from 58 L.A. Unified schools - faced such subjects as math and science, literature, music and art, as well as gave speeches and were interviewed by judges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Rosemarie Bernier, the librarian at Hamilton High School, sees hundreds of students every day. She knows them by their study habits, the questions they ask and the books they read. Joelle and Johanna love to run their fingers through old books. We find them in the stacks, admiring the beautiful, old binding of a Jules Verne novel. Another group of "regulars" gathers at a table. Nahum and Livingston leaf through sheets of sample calculus problems, while Antonio reads the final chapters of Toni Morrison's great novel "Song of Solomon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Howard Blume
An insurance company has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District seeking to avoid paying settlement costs related to alleged child abuse at Miramonte Elementary School. The action, if successful, could leave the nation's second-largest school system on the hook for an estimated $30 million that it agreed to pay to 58 alleged victims of former teacher Mark Berndt. At least as many claims remained unresolved, with attorneys seeking higher compensation than the settlement provides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials say 71 iPads distributed to students as part of a 13-school trial run have gone missing. Of those, 69 were from one campus.  Since the trial run, district officials said Thursday, new security measures are in place, designed to frustrate future thefts. The revelation comes as the L.A. Unified School District is launching a $1-billion program to equip every student in the nation's second-largest school...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997
In "To LAUSD: Don't Take the Utilities' Bait" (Commentary, June 10) Benjamin M. Reznik and Daniel W. Douglass attempt to characterize the potential air-conditioning agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Energy Alliance as one between a naive, dull-witted entity and a wolf ready to pounce. They couldn't be more wrong. LAUSD is doing its homework before engaging in this agreement. And LAUSD realizes that the Energy Alliance, which is composed of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Pacific Enterprises and Enova Corp.
OPINION
February 11, 2003
I was floored when I read about L.A. Unified School District board President Caprice Young's proposal to break up the LAUSD (Feb. 7). I believe that she is absolutely correct. As a parent of a freshman and a senior at John Marshall High Magnet School, I have found there is a complete disconnect between the LAUSD administration, middle management and the community of students and parents that it serves. Not at the school sites, but downtown. It takes years to make small improvements at school sites, and it is always due to LAUSD bureaucracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report. The report, by the Community Rights Campaign - an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities - also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13. But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released last week.
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