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September 24, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the wake of Los Angeles schools Supt. Bill Anton's sudden resignation, some fingers are pointing again at the district's influential teachers union and its high-profile tactics to stop proposed record pay cuts. Anton, the second superintendent in as many years to leave the district after repeated hammering by United Teachers-Los Angeles, says one of the chief reasons behind his decision was interference by the union in board policy-making and district management.
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April 9, 2008 | Howard Blume
The school board Tuesday approved the hiring of Ramon C. Cortines as senior deputy superintendent -- the No. 2 position -- of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The veteran educator will leave his post as a Los Angeles deputy mayor to head day-to-day operations at the nation's second-largest school system. Cortines, 75, formerly headed the school districts in New York City, San Francisco and San Jose. For six months in 2000, he served as interim chief of L.A. Unified. Cortines agreed to an at-will contract, meaning he will serve at the pleasure of Supt.
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February 11, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Schools Supt. Roy Romer has told the Board of Education he wants to leave his post by this fall, about nine months before his contract expires, officials said Friday. The announcement, which comes after months of increasing tension between Romer and board members, signals a distinct change of heart for the superintendent, who in the past has voiced his intention to serve the full term of his contract.
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June 15, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
Arguing for longer school days, single-sex academies and more parent involvement, Los Angeles Schools Supt. David L. Brewer on Thursday portrayed the school system as one dotted with pockets of excellence but plagued by a deeply ingrained culture resistant to change.
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October 14, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
A curious Los Angeles and a miffed mayor got a first look Friday morning at the next superintendent of schools as retired Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III said he is ready to challenge himself and the community to improve the lives of the city's children. Among school district officials and allies, the mood was buoyant.
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June 1, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated by the small pool of serious candidates, the Los Angeles Board of Education may extend its Monday deadline for selecting a new superintendent, district officials said Wednesday. The board still hopes to name a new schools chief by Monday so that he could help interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines appoint leaders to run 11 mini-districts being created under a reorganization to take effect July 1. But several factors have conspired to make the final stages of the search especially difficult.
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June 5, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Sunday concluded its interviews of candidates for superintendent, narrowing the field to three finalists who are actively seeking the job. Deliberations are scheduled to continue behind closed doors this morning, but board members were backing away from a self-imposed deadline to make the selection today. "I'm not sure about that," board President Genethia Hayes said.
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October 25, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the incoming schools superintendent will meet this morning for the first time amid a still simmering conflict over control of the city schools, but the advertised theme of the day will be partnership. "We will not have tension," said David L. Brewer, the retired vice admiral who takes charge of the Los Angeles Unified School District before year's end. "There will be partnering, partnering and partnering." A similar message came from Villaraigosa.
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April 7, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Guiding the Los Angeles Unified School District into the next century will be a daunting task best handled by a local educator who has spent time in the classroom, according to a Los Angeles Times poll. Respondents to the poll, conducted two weeks ago, were about equally divided over whether anyone could succeed in turning around the 660-school district.
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April 17, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Unveiling specifics of his plans for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Deputy Supt. Ruben Zacarias said Wednesday that if promoted to superintendent he would dedicate himself to improving student achievement.
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November 20, 2006 | Bob Sipchen
Dear David Brewer: Even before you officially became Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent last week, you'd been pep-talking anyone who'd listen, and in discussing your hopes for the district, you've been touting Jim Collins' bestselling management tome "Good to Great." If you really think you're starting with a district that's "good," you've been massively suckered by those school board members who've been showing you off like a circus bear they won in an all-night poker game.
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October 25, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the incoming schools superintendent will meet this morning for the first time amid a still simmering conflict over control of the city schools, but the advertised theme of the day will be partnership. "We will not have tension," said David L. Brewer, the retired vice admiral who takes charge of the Los Angeles Unified School District before year's end. "There will be partnering, partnering and partnering." A similar message came from Villaraigosa.
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October 17, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
After a quick trip home to Virginia, the next Los Angeles schools chief boomeranged back to the city Monday for some strategic public relations. After being selected Thursday as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, David L. Brewer III crisscrossed some of the sprawling district in a well-scripted day of breaking bread and pressing flesh with elected officials, parents and educators.
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October 14, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
A curious Los Angeles and a miffed mayor got a first look Friday morning at the next superintendent of schools as retired Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III said he is ready to challenge himself and the community to improve the lives of the city's children. Among school district officials and allies, the mood was buoyant.
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October 13, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously selected retired Navy Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III to be the next superintendent Thursday amid a battle for control of the school system between the board and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Brewer, 60, who left the Navy in March, is a non-educator who, school board members say, impressed them with his intelligence, accomplishments and leadership skills.
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October 11, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
The finalists for the job of Los Angeles schools chief include a retired Navy vice admiral and a former district insider who became a superintendent elsewhere, rounding out an eclectic mix of five candidates. Separately, a coalition led by school district officials filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging legislation giving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa substantial authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District. One of the newly disclosed finalists for the superintendent post is David L.
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April 23, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education slips behind closed doors this morning to begin in earnest the debate over who should guide the nation's second-largest school system into the next century. At least three of the seven board members say they still enter the room favoring Los Angeles Unified Deputy Supt. Ruben Zacarias. The most likely swing vote--David Tokofsky--has long drifted in that direction, too. But whether a decision to turn away the other two finalists--William E. B.
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May 4, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
Some City Hall politicians want to have the candidates for Los Angeles chief of police do tryouts at public hearings, just as the aspirants for school superintendent did last month. The hearings would have no direct impact on the result. The Police Commission selects three finalists for the job, and Mayor Richard Riordan chooses the chief from that list. But the public hearings could have an impact on public opinion.
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October 4, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
The short list to become the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District includes the top educator for the world's richest philanthropy, a former Occidental College president and the onetime superintendent of Las Vegas' schools, said sources close to the selection process. The names of two other finalists could not be confirmed.
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February 11, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Schools Supt. Roy Romer has told the Board of Education he wants to leave his post by this fall, about nine months before his contract expires, officials said Friday. The announcement, which comes after months of increasing tension between Romer and board members, signals a distinct change of heart for the superintendent, who in the past has voiced his intention to serve the full term of his contract.
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