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June 19, 1992
The Los Angeles school board gave tentative approval Thursday to eliminating independent study contracts with outside agencies and reducing the district's affirmative action section, saving the beleaguered school district nearly $2 million. Members also offered suggestions for cuts, ranging from having assistant principals teach one day a week to cutting their field representatives for one year. A final vote on budget cuts will be taken next week.
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December 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Passing periods at Belmont High School used to mean pushing your way through a hall teeming with students. Now, it is a leisurely stroll. The storied campus perched on top of a hill on the fringe of downtown was once the largest high school in the state and one of the biggest in the country. It was also the most crowded. Built to hold 2,500 at most, it peaked at 5,500 students. But today, it could use a few more. Over the last decade, enrollment has plummeted with the construction of nearby schools by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three past or present schoolteachers from the San Fernando Valley, one of them a former president of the teachers union, will challenge incumbent Mark Slavkin for the new Westside-West Valley seat on the Los Angeles school board this spring. Slavkin's stiffest competition was eliminated recently when Julie Korenstein, a board member who lives in Porter Ranch, announced that she will move to the mid-Valley and run for the seat being vacated by longtime board member Roberta L. Weintraub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By James Rainey
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel ventured into school district politics Tuesday, lending support to noncontroversial actions and mostly taking a respite from their recent sniping in the Los Angeles mayoral contest. A week before voters go to the polls, Greuel addressed the Los Angeles Unified School District board in favor of a program that provides students breakfast in classrooms and for discontinuing a policy of suspending students for "willful defiance. " The school board, as expected, approved both items.
NEWS
April 11, 1993
The winners of the Los Angeles Unified School District board elections will face many challenges. BREAKING UP THE DISTRICT A vigorous movement is afoot to break up the giant Los Angeles Unified School District. Prompted by parents' discontent, mainly in the San Fernando Valley and Westside, it is supported by prominent lawmakers including state Senate Leader David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys), who introduced a bill to make it possible.
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January 28, 1993 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three past or present schoolteachers, one of them a former president of the teachers union, will challenge incumbent Mark Slavkin for the new Westside-West San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles school board this spring. Slavkin's stiffest competition was eliminated last week when Julie Korenstein, a board member who lives in Porter Ranch, announced that she will move to the mid-valley and run for the seat being vacated by longtime board member Roberta L. Weintraub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like several of her classmates at John F. Kennedy High School, Blythe Klein had no idea that the Los Angeles school board had designated June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. But it seemed a logical decision to her once she found out. "I am for it," the 18-year-old senior from Granada Hills said one afternoon this past week. "We have other months for people who are proud to be who they are."
NEWS
April 11, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the new District 4, which stretches from Chatsworth to Westchester, incumbent Mark Slavkin is seeking a return to the Los Angeles Board of Education on the strength of his political support on the Westside. About 60% of the district's voters live south of Mulholland Drive. That is good for Slavkin, who represented the Westside exclusively until last year's reapportionment put him in a district that includes West Los Angeles and the western San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Passing periods at Belmont High School used to mean pushing your way through a hall teeming with students. Now, it is a leisurely stroll. The storied campus perched on top of a hill on the fringe of downtown was once the largest high school in the state and one of the biggest in the country. It was also the most crowded. Built to hold 2,500 at most, it peaked at 5,500 students. But today, it could use a few more. Over the last decade, enrollment has plummeted with the construction of nearby schools by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1992
The Los Angeles school board wants to shove homosexuality at our schoolchildren by having a Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and the Supreme Court has banned any mention of God in public schools (June 25). Wow! What a country! JOANNE M. MILLER, Walnut
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Los Angeles school board Tuesday renewed the operating charter for a Woodland Hills school recently embroiled in controversy. The petition by Ivy Academia Entreprenurial Charter School was renewed with little discussion, less than two weeks after a jury convicted its founders of grand theft, embezzlement and other charges. The 4-2 vote allows the school to remain open for another five years. “Ivy has come a long way,” said Carl Raggio, a special advisor to the charter's board of directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The race between Bennett Kayser, the teachers union-backed candidate, and Luis Sanchez, the mayor's pick, for the Los Angeles Board of Education remained unclear Wednesday as Kayser claimed a thin lead and thousands of ballots still needed to be counted. Kayser, a retired educator, had received about 300 more votes than Sanchez, the chief of staff to the school board president, who was backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and several labor groups and other elected officials. But more than 13,000 ballots remained to be counted throughout the city, according to the city clerk's office, and many of them are for other races, not the runoff for the school board's 5th District, which stretches from Los Feliz to Maywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2009 | Howard Blume
The school board president unveiled a surprise plan Tuesday to avoid teacher layoffs based on a compromise being pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Without advance notice, Monica Garcia proposed using more federal economic stimulus dollars right away to prevent the loss of teachers in the 2009-10 school year, which begins July 1. But in exchange, employee unions would have to match each dollar spent now with pay reductions that would apply to the next school year. Because of a looming budget shortfall, as many as 3,500 non-tenured local teachers have received notice of possible layoffs, as have thousands of non-teaching employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg
An administrator from San Diego's acclaimed High Tech High has been named head of the California Charter Schools Assn., which has been a powerful advocate and organizing force for charter schools in the state, the organization announced Monday. Jed Wallace, chief operations officer of High Tech High since 2004, takes over an association that rose to prominence under the leadership of former Los Angeles school board member Caprice Young. Young left in August to take a job with Knowledge Universe, an education venture owned by financier and philanthropist Michael Milken.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Armando Sosa's elementary school is just a quick scramble up a steep dirt path and over a crosswalk from his home in Ramona Gardens, an Eastside housing project known for its crime and violence. If he's late, he can hear the school bell from his bedroom. His mother, Liliana Martinez, loves Murchison Elementary but worries that Armando's zeal for learning will wither in middle school. She has seen too many children from the projects nose dive in sixth grade and begin gravitating toward the gang life that has devoured the youth of Ramona Gardens for generations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council candidate Jose Huizar won the endorsement of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday, an advantage that helps position Huizar as the front-runner in this fall's election for the vacant 14th District seat. The announcement, which had been expected for weeks, came the same day that Huizar, a Los Angeles Unified School District board member, reported that he had raised $160,897 through the end of June.
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