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August 10, 1992 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighty degrees hot. Sixty percent humid. Go to a beach, find an air-conditioned movie theater, do anything but stand out here in front of the school district headquarters waving signs, chanting and wilting. But no, that would be the easy thing to do. The Orange Unified School District board members, who over the years have rivaled Frank Sinatra in the ability to do things their way, are again under siege.
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August 11, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten people filed papers Friday to run for four positions on the Orange Unified School District Board of Education in November, including two board members unseated in a bitter recall election in June. The recall changed the balance of power on the seven-member board, unseating three members of the conservative majority that had been governing the 30,000-student district.
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October 20, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Perched on an Orange hillside is the reopened Olive Elementary School, boasting renovated facilities and repaved walkways on a 121-year-old site. Current and former students, faculty, administrators and parents will visit the school for the rededication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday. A brief history of the site will be presented with campus tours and a barbecue after the rededication. "It's a very historical and wonderful thing for Orange Unified School District," said Principal Linda Salata.
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August 11, 2000 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge has dismissed two complaints by the Orange Unified School District that teachers union officials negotiated in bad faith and used strong-arm tactics during last year's contract talks. James W. Tamm, an administrative law judge for the Public Employment Relations Board, ruled last week that the union's bargaining team did not break labor laws when it refused to support a tentative salary agreement, which was later narrowly rejected by teachers.
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April 1, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Classified employees in the Orange Unified School District are threatening to strike following a school board vote approving a new contract. The contract cuts health benefits, imposes furloughs and empowers the district to unilaterally force layoffs and hour reductions without negotiating with the union. Union employees vow they will continue picketing district headquarters until April 7, when the membership is expected to reject the contract.
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May 7, 2000 | By ANN L. KIM and KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A charge of economic bias has left the Orange Unified School District with a tricky balancing act: weighing the value of a proposed laptop computer class against the painful reality that many families cannot afford the cost of a new computer.
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October 10, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the last six years, October has signaled the time when workers from local nonprofit agencies would begin counseling students in the Orange Unified School District about emotional troubles, substance abuse and other problems. But this year, in keeping with the school board majority's philosophy that such counseling is beyond the realm of public education, contracts with three agencies have not been renewed.
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August 11, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten people filed papers Friday to run for four positions on the Orange Unified School District Board of Education in November, including two board members unseated in a bitter recall election in June. The recall changed the balance of power on the seven-member board, unseating three members of the conservative majority that had been governing the 30,000-student district.
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February 25, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (714) 966-7824
A homeowners group has vowed to stop the city from opening new athletic fields at McPherson Magnet School next month. "We don't have any intention of letting it open," said Mark Burkhardt, co-founder of the McPherson Advisory Committee. The $2.5-million athletic center includes five baseball diamonds with dugouts, fences and batting cages; four regulation-size soccer fields; volleyball courts; basketball courts; and a concession stand.
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October 15, 1999 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
About 70 Villa Park and Orange residents urged Serrano Water District for the third time to drop its lawsuit against Orange Unified School District, which wants to preserve Barham Ranch and possibly build an elementary school. The water district is suing the school district to force the sale of the 526-acre Barham Ranch site, which it co-owns, to developer SunCal Cos. to build tract homes. Residents attended Wednesday night's water board meeting to protest the suit.
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July 30, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the number of teachers leaving the beleaguered Orange school system rises, many are replaced by new hires who lack full teaching credentials, according to figures supplied by the district. And a disproportionate number of those instructors have landed in schools with largely poor and Latino populations. District officials acknowledge that rancor in their schools spurred many of the 241 resignations this last school year.
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July 3, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
Irvine Co. representatives presented a school plan for the Santiago Hills Phase II Project to the Orange Unified school board last week. The project calls for 1,886 homes between Jamboree Road and the Eastern Transportation Corridor, two neighborhood parks and one community park, a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school and 220,000 square feet of business space. The Irvine Co.'
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May 7, 2000 | By ANN L. KIM and KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A charge of economic bias has left the Orange Unified School District with a tricky balancing act: weighing the value of a proposed laptop computer class against the painful reality that many families cannot afford the cost of a new computer.
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May 2, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange teacher placed on paid leave after giving students work sheets with questions lifted directly from the standardized Stanford 9 exam returned to her Cerro Villa Middle School classroom Monday after a school district investigation. The eighth-grade math teacher was placed on paid leave April 6, after Orange Unified School District officials learned she had distributed the questions to 214 students.
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April 28, 2000
Hundreds of teachers in the Orange Unified School District stayed out of the classroom Thursday in a one-day strike, marking an escalation in the union's long-running contract battle with the school board. Teachers in Orange County's fourth largest district picketed in front of all 42 campuses, often joined by parents and students. District officials said 802 of the district's 1,330 teachers--about 60%--did not work Thursday. Union officials put the figure at 70%.
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April 27, 2000 | ANN KIM and MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The teachers union announced plans for a one-day strike today after a walkout set for Wednesday was called off at the last minute. Union officials said weeks ago that teachers would strike for two days starting Wednesday, but the union pulled a last-minute switch on the district: Teachers picketed their schools early in the morning and then went to class as usual.
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June 9, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Administrators feeling the pressure of overcrowded classrooms are set to recommend that a historic building on the grounds of Villa Park Elementary School be demolished to gain extra space. But trustees of the Orange Unified School District said they are reluctant to destroy the historically interesting but dilapidated building, and may vote at tonight's meeting to find another option.
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April 14, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest sign of the pressure educators feel to produce high scores on the state standardized test, a teacher in the Orange Unified School District has been suspended for giving students work sheets with examples taken directly from the actual Stanford 9 exam.
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