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May 12, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County, the nation's second-largest administrator of Head Start funds, has dramatically stepped up supervision of the $68-million program for low-income preschoolers in response to a critical federal report obtained by The Times. The report comes after the disclosure last year of financial irregularities and other problems at two county-supervised agencies based in San Fernando and East Los Angeles.
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November 5, 1998 | JACK LEONARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters Tuesday gave most school bond supporters something to celebrate, handing them victory in five of seven measures in Los Angeles County elections but leaving Compton's bond measure less than 1% short of passage pending a final tally. After a barrage of mailers and telephone pitches from bond supporters, voters from Torrance to the Antelope Valley on Tuesday approved more than $250 million in bond measures to repair crumbling schools or build new ones.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was bad enough for counties and cities when the state squeezed them like so many tubes of toothpaste to spread more of their property tax revenues to the public schools. Now the state is saying that Los Angeles County and its cities did not contribute as much money as expected in the last two years and owe the state additional tax revenues for public education.
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October 16, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans to pump up to $50 million into Los Angeles schools to provide medical care for children who otherwise might receive none were announced Thursday by the county Board of Supervisors. The board proposes to enter an unusual partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the federal government to beef up health services, so that minor maladies such as ear infections and sore throats are not left to become serious--and costly--illnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
Los Angeles County education officials will continue to oversee the finances of the deficit-ridden Antelope Valley Union High School District, reserving the right to overrule its school board, despite approving the district's fiscal recovery plan this week. In a letter released Thursday, the county Office of Education told district officials that they will remain under county scrutiny "until notified otherwise" because employee salary cuts and other steps to recover from a $12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Financial records showed Friday that the Antelope Valley Union High School District, which was put under county supervision after discovery of a projected $4.6-million deficit, has been sinking quietly into debt for three years. But district officials said the shortfall caught them by surprise. Dist. Supt. Kenneth Brummel blamed the deficit on mistakes by former employees and a former auditing firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1992
Board members in the financially strapped Montebello Unified School District tonight are expected to slash close to $700,000 by depleting supply budgets and reducing services. The state's 12th-largest school district is resorting to additional funding cuts because lottery proceeds have been less than expected, and a lower-than-predicted school enrollment resulted in reduced state funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soledad-Agua Dulce Union School District has decided to start its own high school program this fall by creating ninth-grade classes instead of busing students to Palmdale, rejecting advice from county education officials that the little district doesn't have enough money for such an action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1993 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top county education officials misled the Los Angeles County Board of Education by exaggerating the need to buy an $8.6-million computer system, county auditors have concluded. Board members had approved the purchase in 1991 after senior staff members said a new computer was necessary. "Misleading data was included in the board's proposal" for the computer, auditors reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in seven Los Angeles County school districts will decide Tuesday whether they want to pay higher property taxes to bolster education budgets trimmed by the state. The tax propositions are among more than 100 separate elections around the county. More than 50 school districts will elect new board members, a dozen cities will select council members and seats on a handful of community college boards and water districts also are up for grabs.
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April 15, 1998 | DOUG SHUIT and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Voters in Torrance, faced with the same school bond proposal for the third time in less than a year, gave the measure an early lead in one of two dozen Los Angeles County municipal elections held Tuesday. There were seven school bond measures on the ballots as school districts from Temple City to Compton scrambled to find money to replace or renovate aging buildings. In other elections, voters were choosing mayors, filling city council seats and casting ballots on tax increases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1998
A long-anticipated restructuring of the Los Angeles school bond project management team went into effect Wednesday, district sources said. In a memorandum distributed to the Board of Education on Wednesday afternoon, Supt. Ruben Zacarias said he has formed a Superintendent's Proposition BB Committee to assume responsibility for the $2.4-billion bond project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite two failed tax initiatives in recent years, voters in the Las Virgenes Unified School District passed a $93.1-million school bond measure by a 79% majority in Tuesday's election. The last time the district was able to convince local voters that a bond was needed was in 1970. School district officials credited the help of a consultant, a better economy and a large parent volunteer effort to get out the vote for the success of the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | JEAN MERL and TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day after voters delivered a series of contrasting messages in nearly 100 local elections across Los Angeles County, campaign officials for several victorious school bond measures credited their victories to an early start, careful planning and cadres of energetic volunteers. Voters in four school districts approved more than $370 million worth of bond measures Tuesday to repair aging schools or build new campuses.
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October 2, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A recent survey designed to pinpoint ways schools could communicate better with parents underscored the gap it sought to close: Three-quarters of parents said they believed their children were performing at grade level, but only 28% of the teaching staff agreed. "There are language barriers, cultural barriers, very often educational barriers . . .
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September 13, 1996 | ELAINE WOO and AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Seeking to raise the quality of teaching and, ultimately, the performance of students in Los Angeles County, a local foundation is pumping $8.2 million into an ambitious effort to drastically improve the preparation and professional development of classroom teachers.
NEWS
October 16, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans to pump up to $50 million into Los Angeles schools to provide medical care for children who otherwise might receive none were announced Thursday by the county Board of Supervisors. The board proposes to enter an unusual partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the federal government to beef up health services, so that minor maladies such as ear infections and sore throats are not left to become serious--and costly--illnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1994 | KURT PITZER
The Las Virgenes Educational Foundation is being revived after an eight-year hiatus to raise money for computers, satellite links and other high-tech equipment to bring students into the information age. "We are significantly behind our counterparts in other areas of the country, in terms of technology," Supt. Albert (Bud) Marley said. "We have to go way beyond having computer labs to where youngsters are using the technology in the regular classroom."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1994 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The person chosen to carry the lamp lit by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Project--the ambitious new effort to promote countywide school reform that was announced Wednesday--will wear many hats.
NEWS
December 21, 1994 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
An ambitious effort to consolidate many of the myriad public school reform efforts in Los Angeles County under one umbrella, while transforming hundreds of campuses into laboratories of change, will be launched today with a $53-million challenge grant from the Annenberg Foundation.
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