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March 30, 1995 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The contest for the seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board that represents the South Bay and part of Watts is widely viewed as a tossup. So much so that the powerful teachers' union has made no endorsement in the four-way race, choosing instead to save its strength for a likely runoff. "They all have strengths in different areas," said Inola F. Henry, who is head of United Teachers Los Angeles' political arm--the Political Action Council of Educators.
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October 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Segregating young children for whom English is a new language according to their fluency levels produces the best academic results, according to most research. So the Los Angeles Unified School District has little choice in the matter. As a result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education, which had accused the district of doing poorly by its English learners, the district was required to submit an evidence-based plan for improvement, and that plan calls for sorting the students by English skills.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1995
NEW SCHOOL: A school with a different concept has opened on the Westside--Vista School for abused and neglected children. Delaine Eastin, state superintendent of public instruction, and Mark Slavkin, Los Angeles Unified school board president, attended a ceremony Wednesday that marked the school's opening earlier this month.
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April 6, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The subject of the morning class was criminal investigation, and there was no hesitation on the part of the 17-year-old when he was asked to stand and explain aggravated assault. The boy related the story of how his father, estranged from his mother, had shown up at the house and begun pushing her around. He told of how police had come and explained to his mother the steps she would need to take to obtain a restraining order. School was in session at the Los Angeles Police Department's Ahmanson Training Center in Westchester as high school seniors dressed in brown khaki trousers and blue uniform shirts kicked off another day in an unusual law enforcement training program called the Police Orientation Preparation Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1995
Los Angeles Unified school officials expressed concern Monday that many of the largest Northridge quake repair projects in the district have not yet been funded by the federal government. In all, 5,400 projects have been approved or completed at a cost of $70 million. The 1,000 remaining include 125 seriously damaged buildings that could cost an estimated $60 million to repair. Most are in the San Fernando Valley, and none are currently housing students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
A member absent from this week's county education committee meeting said Thursday she would have voted against recommending that the state put before voters a plan to dismantle the Los Angeles Unified school system and form two districts in the San Fernando Valley. Brenda Gottfried, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member, said she did not attend the Wednesday morning hearing because she was exhausted after a 10-hour flight from London that arrived late Tuesday night.
NEWS
August 23, 1990
Long-planned modernization projects at University and Venice high schools are back on track after the Los Angeles Unified school board voted 5 to 2 Monday to reorganize priorities to avoid losing state funding earmarked for the schools. The $5.3 million for the two Westside high schools is part of $13.6 million allocated for projects in the district that were threatened because board policy put construction of new classrooms ahead of modernization. Last year, $18.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a blistering attack on incompetent teachers and declining student achievement, a South Los Angeles group on Saturday launched a long-awaited petition drive to break away from the Los Angeles Unified School District. After more than two years of preparation, members of the Inner City School District Assn. inaugurated their effort during a midday presentation to about 30 people at the Labor Community Action Center in Watts.
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December 11, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the property "golden," Los Angeles school officials said Friday the Robinsons-May department store site is still being studied under a new school construction plan that calls for building 11 primary centers in the east San Fernando Valley. Instead of using the 24.
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March 19, 1999 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Faced with a barrage of criticism over how it constructs campuses, Los Angeles Unified school officials late Thursday agreed to far-reaching reforms that would take them out of the business of buying land, cleaning up toxic contamination and building schools. The district, however, will continue to have a role in selecting where dozens of new campuses will be placed, according to those involved in negotiating the changes. Still to be resolved is what agencies will take over the various tasks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Half a dozen arms reached for the sky, some gently grazing a basketball as it escaped the court and thudded out of bounds at the Edward Roybal Learning Center. Despite their best efforts at trying to keep the ball in the game, both teams showed no hint of defeat, even after one was declared the winner. The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League's Eastern finals were underway, and the mood was decidedly different from that of other sports finals.
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November 11, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Students from Western Avenue Elementary's special education classes sat in the shade and counted rings on "tree cookies" taken from redwoods on a recent field trip. "This is where learning comes alive and is more meaningful," said teacher Mysie Dela Pena about the Christensen Math Science and Technology Center in San Pedro. "We talk about a lot of these elements in the classroom, but this is where they get the experience firsthand. " The interactive life science classroom is a beleaguered survivor of the Los Angeles Unified School District's budget cuts.
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November 4, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
At Gault Street Elementary, waves of parents flow through the campus daily. Sometimes the tide is stronger, said parent center director Rosalva Waterford, but they are always there. Volunteers make copies for the teachers using one of the center's three copy machines - including the one they call la viejita (the old woman) a decades-old, yellowing behemoth that frequently gets passed over for the newer models. Parents sometimes help move classroom furniture for an activity or clean up afterward.
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March 19, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
For the second year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School won the California Academic Decathlon as Los Angeles Unified schools continued to dominate at the battle of wits that is at risk of being cut by the district in next year's budget. Los Angeles Unified on Sunday schools claimed five of the top 10 spots in the competition in Sacramento consisting of 65 teams and more than 550 students, with El Camino Real and Marshall taking second and third places, respectively. Franklin took fifth place and Taft 10th, while Torrance's West High School came in eighth.
OPINION
January 29, 2012 | By Coleen Bondy
For the first time this year, LAUSD has prepared reports for teachers that rate their effectiveness. When I received an email saying I could now view my own personal "Average Growth over Time" report, I opened it with a combination of trepidation, resignation and indignation. First, the indignation. It is, I think, the key factor that has kept me teaching past the five-year mark, when most new teachers quit the profession. I am in my sixth year of teaching after a nearly 20-year career as a professional writer.
OPINION
November 28, 2011 | Jim Newton
There's a shocking disconnect at work these days in the relationship between the public and government workers: The public is demanding greater accountability, and public employees — social workers, police, teachers, even state legislators — are finding ways to avoid it. Legislators contend that they should be allowed to conduct budget deliberations in private. Police unions are fighting forcefully to protect the names of officers involved in shootings or other uses of force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Last school year, Carson High School students skipped 1,926 days of class. This year, the school reduced that figure by 20%, thanks to an aggressive intervention program that included tracking down students and meeting with parents. Much of the credit goes to Sally Stevens, one of two school attendance counselors who are responsible for finding chronic truants. "They're the ones who deal with the hard-core students, and they find a way to get them to school," said Ken Keener, Carson's principal.
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September 5, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
The number of meals served during the 1994-95 school year: 65.01 million. Subsidized cost to a student for the average elementary school lunch: 85 cents. Actual cost of providing the average elementary school lunch: $1.65 Estimated number of corsages that will be purchased for high school dances this year: 20,000. Average amount a couple spends on their high school prom: $724. Average amount that a girl spends on her prom dress: $181.
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June 26, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Last school year, Carson High School students skipped 1,926 days of class. This year, the school reduced that figure by 20%, thanks to an aggressive intervention program that included tracking down students and meeting with parents. Much of the credit goes to Sally Stevens, one of two school attendance counselors who are responsible for finding chronic truants. "They're the ones who deal with the hard-core students, and they find a way to get them to school," said Ken Keener, Carson's principal.
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