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October 24, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Saying that a teachers strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District would be "unethical," Gov. Pete Wilson on Friday lashed out against the threatened action as negotiators continued to wrestle with complex proposals to avert it. "There should not be a strike," said Wilson, who was in Los Angeles attending a political fund-raiser. "It may be legal but I really don't think it's ethical."
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September 26, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The downtown high-rise that the Los Angeles Unified School District has bought for its new headquarters may be so structurally unsound that repair costs could reach $60 million, the district's internal auditor said in a confidential report Tuesday. Inspector General Don Mullinax raised concerns about the 29-story building, saying some floors are uneven and too weak to support file cabinets and other heavy equipment.
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October 14, 1997 | AMY PYLE and DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Los Angeles school Supt. Ruben Zacarias, fulfilling a pledge he made when he took the job, hired a former health maintenance organization executive Monday as business czar in charge of most noneducational functions of the school system. The L.A.
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April 27, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles schools budget proposed Thursday by Supt. Roy Romer would reduce staff at the district's central and outlying offices, rein in spending on special education and slow the hiring of high school teachers. It also would pay for nearly 500 "coaches" at a cost of $40 million to train teachers to better teach math and reading in elementary and middle schools. The $5.
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March 9, 1997 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dorothy Madson was in the middle of a discussion with her English class at San Fernando High School recently when a student collapsed in an epileptic seizure. Instinctively, she grabbed the classroom phone that connects to the main office. It didn't work. It hasn't for years. Instead, she had to send a student racing to the nurse's office. Fortunately, the nurse's office was near and help arrived within minutes.
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June 2, 1994 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
As the Los Angeles Unified School District embarks on a new way of funding its 650 schools, it finds itself stumbling over the most basic of questions: How much does it cost to educate a child?
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April 6, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Learning a lesson from their razor-thin loss in last year's election, backers of a bond measure to repair Los Angeles schools took their campaign straight to the neighborhoods Saturday in a last-minute scramble to get out the vote for Tuesday's balloting. Bolstered by a flurry of television commercials, supporters of the $2.
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May 20, 1991 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Win Hainbuch and his students at Sun Valley Junior High School come from different worlds, but they have one thing in common: a love of nature. Hainbuch, a German-born horticulturist, found refuge from the Allied bombing raids of World War II in the lush forests outside his hometown of Frankfurt, where he would go fishing with his grandfather.
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November 26, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
By the time the teachers gathered in Lincoln High School's small faculty dining room for lunch Wednesday, most had already learned of the latest development in the Los Angeles Unified School District's battle to balance its budget by cutting salaries. And they were anything but happy.
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September 17, 1993 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
As he toured Humphreys Elementary School in Los Angeles, Eugene E. Garcia, the new director of bilingual education for the U.S. Department of Education, was greeted at nearly every turn Thursday by parents, teachers and school officials clamoring for more government help. "We need parent education," said Hermalinda Salcido, mother of three elementary schoolchildren. "We need more teacher networking, teacher training," said instructor Maria Hillary.
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March 21, 2001 | From Times staff writers
The financial outlook for the Los Angeles Unified School District has brightened somewhat since the first budget projections late last year. In his second interim report, chief financial officer Joe Zeronian added $45.7 million to the district's projected income, reducing its projected deficit for the year from $126 million to $81 million. The deficit, largely attributable to a 15.
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February 26, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND and OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Do you have trouble paying your bills on time? The Los Angeles Unified School District has the same problem--on a mega scale. For months the district has owed thousands of dollars to a Hollywood company that supplies photography equipment to schools. One bill from Freestyle Camera is 2 1/2 years old. "Their system is broken," said Kristina Loughery, a sales representative with the family-owned company. "It needs to be fixed." L.A. Unified's Inspector General Don Mullinax agrees.
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February 21, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer said he has frozen administrative hiring and is cutting back dozens of programs to produce the $100 million needed to pay for teacher salary increases of more than 15%. The budget tightening will become even more severe next year when he will have to find another $153 million to fund the new contract he negotiated with United Teachers-Los Angeles last month. Union members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative contract last week.
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February 14, 2001 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials wasted $326,375 in lease payments on a building that was to be a school for teenage mothers but eventually proved unusable, Supt. Roy Romer disclosed Tuesday. Calling the deal a mistake that should never be allowed to happen again, Romer said he has decided to outsource the district's lease administration. "I did this when I was governor of Colorado," Romer said. "It's a better way to do business."
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January 13, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rain raked the streets for the third day in a row Friday, driving down attendance at Arminta Street Elementary School as the downpour transformed the surrounding roads into a virtual moat. Mothers here could be seen lifting their children, backpacks and all, over the flooded gutters along Lankershim Boulevard as they hustled toward the school.
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December 14, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In an action that could mean up to $750 million to Los Angeles schools, a state agency agreed Wednesday to settle a lawsuit challenging its allocation of school construction funds. After hammering out an agreement behind closed doors, the State Allocation Board voted unanimously to adopt new rules that would make it easier for Los Angeles to compete for rapidly dwindling state bond money.
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September 5, 1991 | JERRY GILLAM and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An emergency $88-million bailout for the Los Angeles Unified School District to help avoid layoffs of 1,900 teachers was sent by the Assembly to Gov. Pete Wilson's desk Wednesday without a vote to spare. A spokesman for the governor said Wilson was still studying the bill and had not yet taken a position on the legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Elder (D-Long Beach). The bill received a 41-30 lower house vote, the exact number required for approval.
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November 6, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to protests from parents, students and teachers union representatives, Los Angeles schools Supt. Bill Anton agreed Monday to delay until February an order removing 100 teachers from classrooms with fewer students than expected. The decision could cost the financially strapped Los Angeles Unified School District up to $2 million in state funds, which are distributed on the basis of enrollment and earmarked to help pay teacher salaries.
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November 29, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education agreed Tuesday to restore the money it had slashed from the inspector general's budget, saying the cuts would compromise investigations into waste and corruption. Don Mullinax, the district's inspector general, told the board that budget cuts this year have left his office without adequate resources to do the job of probing questionable activity and auditing district departments. The board granted Mullinax's request to keep his budget at $6.
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October 17, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-four San Fernando Valley schools that have scored poorly on standardized tests have been chosen to participate in a new state program designed to improve test scores. As part of a state push to raise scores, the schools--five high schools, eight middle schools and 11 elementary--will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next three years.
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