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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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OPINION
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
March 24, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District officials are eyeing the former Van Nuys Drive-In site for a new middle school--despite plans by the city to locate a car dealership on the property. The district, which is already facing neighborhood opposition to a planned new high school in Arleta, says it needs to build 13 new schools to relieve classroom overcrowding in the San Fernando Valley.
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.
NEWS
April 2, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN and GEORGE RAMOS and MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As many as 9,000 students and school employees across Los Angeles may have been exposed to the highly contagious but seldom fatal hepatitis A virus last week when they ate frozen desserts containing sliced strawberries that may have been illegally sold to a federal surplus food program, officials disclosed Tuesday. The Los Angeles Unified School District said that by Friday it would set up an unprecedented inoculation program at the 18 public schools where the fruit was served.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1999 | JEAN MERL and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a setback to groups trying to break away from Los Angeles city schools, proponents of a new district for the South Bay city of Lomita failed to muster crucial support from the State Board of Education on Thursday. Lomita's request to hold an election on its proposal to carve a 2,000-student, three-school system from the Los Angeles Unified School District garnered only three yes votes--half of what it needed--from the 11-member board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 suddenly 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1993 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Incumbents Julie Korenstein and Mark Slavkin joined a host of other candidates Saturday who filed signatures to run for two seats representing portions of the San Fernando Valley on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Saturday was the deadline for candidates to submit petitions with at least 500 signatures of registered voters to confirm their candidacy and be placed on the April 20 ballot.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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
May 1, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Just shy of a year ago, the students on Granada Hills Charter High School's Academic Decathlon team told themselves that they would win a national title. It took months of practice, weekends and holidays lost, and spring break spent hunkered down in a classroom, studying guides thicker than a phone book. But in a hotel banquet hall here Saturday, the students embraced each other, their parents screamed, their coaches looked to be in a state of shock: Granada Hills was the national champion.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
British chef Jamie Oliver's food revolution is giving LAUSD officials a case of indigestion. The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended all filming of reality TV shows in district schools after a standoff with the celebrity chef, who had been filming his ABC show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" at West Adams Preparatory High School in central Los Angeles for the last two weeks. This week the district denied Oliver's license to film at Manual Arts Senior High School in South L.A., which, like West Adams, is operated by MLA Partner Schools under a contract with LAUSD.
OPINION
August 17, 2010
What we can learn Re "Who's teaching our kids?," Aug. 15 My wife and I are both retired California public school educators. We want to commend The Times for its investigation into the effectiveness of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. You have brought much-needed light. Though our respective careers were far different — my wife taught in elementary grades; I worked in secondary grades — we often had to evaluate ourselves because there was no way to compare our performance with other teachers'.
OPINION
August 17, 2010
What we can learn Re "Who's teaching our kids?," Aug. 15 My wife and I are both retired California public school educators. We want to commend The Times for its investigation into the effectiveness of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. You have brought much-needed light. Though our respective careers were far different — my wife taught in elementary grades; I worked in secondary grades — we often had to evaluate ourselves because there was no way to compare our performance with other teachers'.
OPINION
August 17, 2010
The Los Angeles Unified School District has done an admirable job of collecting useful data about its teachers ? which ones have the classroom magic that makes students learn and which ones annually let their students down. Yet it has never used that valuable information to analyze what successful teachers have in common, so that others can learn from them, or to let less effective teachers know how they're doing. For the record: This editorial says the federal Race to the Top grant program pushed states to make students' test scores count for half or more of a teacher's performance evaluation.
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