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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Beginning Friday, thousands of rainbow "ally" badges will be passed out to Los Angeles Unified teachers and staff members that they can wear to identify themselves as allies of  gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The "Out for Safe Schools" initiative coincides with National Coming Out Day on Friday and was announced Thursday by leaders of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the school district. "We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD," Supt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
Los Angeles school board President Richard Vladovic apologized Wednesday for abrasive behavior over his career, but again denied accusations released this week of sexual harassment, verbal harassment and retaliation against two unidentified employees. "I violated the district's civility policy along with the board's policy; for that I am truly sorry," Vladovic said in a statement. "I also apologize to any employee who has felt intimidated because of my actions. In my capacity to serve the district I admit to having crossed the line and I intend to never do so again.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
If you think Citizens United has unleashed a torrent of cash and real corruption into our electoral system - and it has - brace yourself for something worse. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a campaign finance case that could be even bigger than Citizens United, which was decided in 2010. The new case, McCutcheon vs. FEC, challenges the aggregate spending rules that limit any one campaign contributor to $123,000 in total spending to political candidates and election committees during any two-year federal election cycle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a forum for Los Angeles Unified officials to promote the school district's ambitious plan to equip every student with an iPad. But the first question on the televised call-in program last week had nothing to do with tablet computers. Why doesn't the district train students in career skills, like machine shop, anymore, the caller wanted to know. It didn't get much better as the hour wore on. Callers concerned about bond money, board politics and school district priorities didn't give Supt.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Judging from the comments coming in to The Times regarding the various problems with the iPads supplied to students at L.A. Unified schools, the public is plenty mad about this $1-billion plan. Students hacking their iPads, some of the devices going missing, no clear policy on who pays if and when students lose or damage their tablets. As Times staff writer Howard Blume most recently reported,  the district now is collecting the tablets from at least some of the schools where they have been distributed.
OPINION
October 1, 2013
Re "LAUSD project: 'whyPads,'" Column, Sept. 29 As Steve Lopez demonstrates, once again our tax dollars are at work in an efficient, intelligent way. Of course, I am joking. The Los Angeles Unified School District's effort to give Apple iPads to every student has gone terribly. I have raised three children; they are now 32, 28 and 21. Do you know how many pagers, phones, glasses, jackets, lunch boxes and calculators we have replaced over the years because the people who used them were children and teenagers?
OPINION
September 27, 2013
Re "Give students A+ in hacking," Sept. 25 It amazes me that the L.A. Unified School District officials in charge of purchasing Apple iPads for students apparently did not foresee the security problems they would have in letting students take the tablets home. Perhaps the people at Apple, who will sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of iPads to L.A. Unified, should have been more upfront about the hacking possibilities that would allow students to use the tablets in ways the district didn't intend.
OPINION
September 27, 2013
Re "U.S., Iran talk of diplomacy, differences," Sept. 25 President Obama has seldom failed to disappoint. He appeared to recognize, a couple of years ago, that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement would have to be based on the pre-1967 borders - a plan that made sense to everybody except the Israelis, so he stopped pushing it. At the U.N. on Tuesday, Obama "conceded," as The Times puts it, that "Iranians long have complained of U.S. interference...
OPINION
September 27, 2013
Re "School board rescinds ban on 'Invisible Man,'" Sept. 26 What year is this again? Since when are we still trying to ban books in high schools? Sadly, this doesn't seem to be completely extinct in the South - and for a book on racism! Did the members of the Randolph County, N.C., school board that banned and then reinstated "Invisible Man" even read this work of literary acclaim? We finally have an African American president, but some still embrace racism in this country. If my children were students in Randolph County, I would either run for the board or move.
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...
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