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Long Beach Unified School District

February 16, 1992
Enrollment: 74,173 Areas served: Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island, Signal Hill and most of Lakewood. Election day: April 14 DISTRICT 2: Central and west Long Beach; two candidates for one seat. Bobbie Smith INCUMBENT Age: 59 Profession: Head librarian, Long Beach City College. Remarks: "I feel proud that we have more ethnic minority teachers and administrators (to) be more reflective of the student body. In the past four years we have hired 119 new minority teachers."
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.
January 6, 1988 | DAVID HALDANE and ELAINE WOO, Times Staff Writers
The state was ordered Tuesday to pay up to $35 million to the Long Beach Unified School District for money spent on voluntary desegregation efforts from 1977 to 1984, a ruling that could affect dozens of school districts around California. The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert I. Weil followed more than five years of efforts by the Long Beach district to recover the expenses of its desegregation program, which began in 1972.
April 3, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach Unified School District was again named a finalist Wednesday for the prestigious Broad Prize, which honors academic excellence and strong performance by minority and poor students in urban districts across the nation. "It's a huge honor," said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of the nearly 91,000-student district.
August 19, 1993
If some parents want the Long Beach school district to know how they feel about their children's schools, all they have to do is answer the telephone. This month, school officials are surveying the parents of about 10% of the students at each school, hoping to determine if they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving.
Avalon city officials, casting about for ways to help the Long Beach Unified School District find money for a new gymnasium on Santa Catalina Island, are considering lending the district money to pay for architectural plans. The old gym was torn down earlier this year because of asbestos contamination, city officials said.
June 30, 1990
After almost two years of battling bureaucracy, officials from Long Beach Unified School District and the city of Avalon won state approval this week to rebuild Avalon's only gymnasium. A state board Wednesday approved emergency funding for the gym. Construction, expected to cost $2.5 million, is to begin in late summer and be finished a year later. The city's old school gym was shut down in 1988 and razed because of asbestos contamination.
February 17, 1985
The California Teachers' Assn. has asked for a Superior Court order to force the Long Beach Unified School District to comply with a contract provision that it says should give teachers a 9% pay raise this year. Vera Bradford, a spokeswoman for the association, said the three-year contract from 1982 to 1985 stipulated pay increases for the union's approximately 1,500 teachers. Those raises were tied to how much money the district was granted by the state during the last two years of the pact.
August 20, 1986
Two Republicans were appointed to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system by Gov. George Deukmejian. They are Theodore Bruinsma, 65, of Rancho Palos Verdes, and Dr. John Kashiwabara, 64, of Long Beach. Bruinsma, former president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1982. He is currently president of University Technology Transfer Inc.
July 14, 1995
In a display of educational musical chairs, the Long Beach Unified School District will have new principals at 23 of it 84 schools when classes begin in September--the largest administrative changeover in recent years, officials said. Five principals were demoted to the positions of assistant principal or administrative assistant in the district office, Deputy Supt. Steve Fish said.
September 19, 2007
Once again, Long Beach Unified School District has been recognized as one of America's best. Although New York City won the Broad Prize for Urban Education on Tuesday -- a distinction awarded to the district for demonstrating progress in closing the achievement gap between black and Latino students and whites -- Long Beach, which won the prize in 2003, made history by returning this year as a top-five finalist.
April 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five urban school districts, including the Long Beach Unified School District, were named Wednesday as finalists for the annual $1-million Broad Prize for Urban Education, which honors urban school systems judged as making the greatest progress in raising student achievement. Long Beach is the first former winner since the competition began in 2002 to return as a finalist, according to the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation. A winning district is not eligible to reapply for three years.
January 27, 2006 | Martin Henderson; Lauren Peterson, From Times Staff Reports
Familiarity doesn't breed only contempt, but also wackiness. That's the opinion of Ventura Coach Ann Larson, whose girls' basketball team beat rival Ventura Buena, 48-35, Thursday and earned a share of first place in the Channel League. It was the teams' fourth meeting this season. The Cougars won for the third time and avenged a 48-27 loss in the first round of league play.
March 21, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Years before he would kill student Mayra Mora-Lopez, he described beating another young woman when he applied to be a teacher's aide for the Long Beach Unified School District. "I had an argument with my ex-girlfriend.... I hit her, causing her injuries. I was arrested and convicted to a city jail for 90 days," Pedro Tepoz-Leon wrote on a 1992 form the district requires of applicants with criminal records.
September 23, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
The Garden Grove Unified School District received $125,000 Monday as a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, a national award created last year by Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad to recognize urban school systems that have closed achievement gaps. The prize was created to honor districts that are improving test scores and providing quality education to students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and income levels, Broad said.
September 23, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach Unified School District on Monday received the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education, an award created last year by Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad to recognize urban school systems that have closed achievement gaps. "We hope that Long Beach will be an inspiration to all of the Southern California urban districts," Broad said, adding that the district had been chosen from more than 100 reviewed.
September 27, 1990
In an effort to serve the needs of its burgeoning Asian student population, the Long Beach Unified School District is embarking on a major effort to increase the number of its bilingual Asian teachers. Acting on the recommendations its Asian Education Advisory Committee, the school board this week asked its staff to prepare a written plan within two months that will, among other things, set specific time limits and numbers for the teachers' recruitment.
August 6, 1992
The Long Beach Unified School District is conducting a telephone survey to measure parent satisfaction with its schools. The survey began Monday and will continue through Aug. 14. School officials are calling selected homes between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. and conducting brief interviews in the parent's primary language. The questions have been designed to help teachers and administrators pinpoint problems and improve communication with parents, school officials said.
May 2, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach and Garden Grove school districts have been named as being among the five national finalists for the annual $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The award was created last year by businessman and education activist Eli Broad to recognize school systems that are improving test scores and providing quality education to students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and income levels. Broad said that finalists "have all set clear achievement goals.
November 13, 2002 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The man who authorities believe is the so-called Belmont Shore serial rapist responsible for attacking 31 women pleaded guilty 13 years ago to a bizarre crime at a Long Beach woman's home that eerily foreshadows the cases for which he is expected to be charged today. Mark Wayne Rathbun, 32, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of rape and burglary Sunday in connection with 31 sexual assaults on women in Seattle, Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach since 1996.
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