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October 24, 1991
Four candidates are running for one seat in Trustee Area 2 and two candidates for one seat in Trustee Area 6 on the Orange Unified School District Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election. Trustee Area 2 Maureen Aschoff Age: 46. Occupation: Librarian. Background: Bachelor's degree in English, master's degree in science, recipient of PTA Honorary Service Award.
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March 21, 2009 | Gale Holland
A community college professor who lost a lawsuit accusing an Orange County school board of illegally censoring a dissident board member now owes the district nearly $80,000 in attorney fees, the professor said Friday. Richard McKee, who teaches chemistry at Pasadena City College, said he has had his wages garnished and had to borrow against his retirement as a result of his failed suit against the Orange Unified School District. He has delayed his retirement at least a year, he said.
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July 17, 1987 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Eleanore Pleines, one of the four Orange Unified School District board members accused of "willful misconduct" by the Orange County Grand Jury, has resigned her position. She said Thursday one of her reasons for resigning is that she didn't want the district to use public funds to defend her.
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May 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Orange Unified trustee Steve Rocco and others who unsuccessfully sued the school district will have to pay $37,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled Friday. Rocco, Richard McKee and the nonprofit organization Californians Aware sued the district in November after Rocco's fellow trustees voted to censure him for disparaging a school principal during a public board meeting. Judge Clay M.
SPORTS
August 21, 1992 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Athletic directors and administrators of the Orange Unified School District met Thursday to discuss the 50% reduction in coaching stipends, and a second meeting is scheduled for today, Orange High School Athletic Director Dave Zirkle said. The two sides have been at odds since Aug. 12, when the Orange Unified Education Assn. voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement that included a reduction in all district stipends for extra-curricular activities.
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November 4, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three conservatives endorsed by several well-known county Republicans swept aside two incumbents and other candidates to capture seats on the school board here Tuesday. In Area 1, incumbent John Hurley lost to Martin Jacobson, a 40-year-old accountant, and in Area 7, school board member Alan E. Irish lost his post to Rick Ledesma, a 31-year-old corporate cost analyst. Backed by former U.S. Rep. William E. Dannemeyer and state Sen. John R.
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June 13, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Board of Education postponed a decision Thursday on Orange Unified School District's effort to slash its bilingual education program in favor of immersing students in classrooms dominated by English. After hearing from backers and foes of the plan, the board delayed until today a vote on the district's pitch for a waiver from state rules. The delay will give state school trustees a chance to hear from their staff, which is staunchly opposed to the district's proposal.
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January 25, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two high school students testified in federal court in Santa Ana on Monday that renaming a support group for gay teens a "tolerance club" would belittle its mission and that prohibiting club members from discussing sex or sexuality implies that homosexuals are more promiscuous than others.
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January 15, 1993 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The controversial use of a dog to search school buses for drugs will continue, Orange Unified School District trustees voted Thursday night. Although several parents expressed opposition to the program, trustees were united in support of the policy, which began in October. The parents were among a capacity audience for the meeting at district headquarters. "As a parent of two elementary-aged children, will I ever be comfortable allowing my children to use district buses?"
SPORTS
August 25, 1992 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daryl Lawrence barked out orders. "Stay in the tracks. Stay in the tracks." Canyon High School football players followed the instructions, weaving through a makeshift obstacle course made up of thermos bottles. Each high-stepped around the markers. Lawrence continued to shout encouragement. Then, he took the football. It was his turn. Lawrence, a senior at Canyon, spent the first day of fall practice directing workouts as well as participating in them.
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April 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
In an effort to silence school board member Steve Rocco, Orange Unified School District trustees voted Thursday to change how board members place discussion items on meeting agendas. The move was prompted by a March meeting at which Rocco attempted to make a speech about what he calls "the partnership," a cabal of powerful individuals he says runs the county and has tried to assassinate him. At the time, members could place an item on the agenda with the support of another trustee.
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January 22, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of an Orange charter school overlooked repeated warnings about a teacher arrested this month and should have its operating license revoked immediately, an investigation has concluded.
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January 21, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of an Orange charter school where a teacher was arrested on suspicion of having sex with her students rallied Thursday to protest a possible takeover of the campus by the school district. An overflow crowd of more than 300 students, parents and teachers from Santiago Middle School packed the Orange Unified School District board meeting to plead their case. "No one at the school could have seen this coming," Henry Hanson, a Santiago music teacher, told the board.
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December 12, 2004 | Dana Parsons
The Steve Rocco Era -- which I predict will come to be remembered with sadness and regret -- began at 7:25 p.m. last Thursday in the Orange Unified School District boardroom. The mystery man who won a school board seat last month sat down and within a minute or two had taken his first action: He knelt down to adjust his chair that he thought rode too low. Unable to do so, he got a new one -- a gray swivel that contrasted with the maroon seating for the rest of the board.
OPINION
November 13, 2004
An educated professional from the city of Orange found herself with a dilemma on Nov. 2. A conscientious citizen, she spent the weekend before the election poring over the California propositions, then realized, too late, that she knew nothing about the local races. The woman did what many do when faced with unfamiliar names on the ballot: She made a snap judgment. Up for Orange Unified School District board were the incumbent, who is a park ranger, and the challenger, listed as a teacher.
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November 12, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Folks in the city of Orange -- known for its quaint bungalows, charming downtown and brutal school board politics -- are bedeviled this week by questions about a man named Steve Rocco. Who is he? What does he stand for? Why has no one seen him? And why did voters in this city, which cares deeply about education, elect him to the school board last week? Rocco turned the Orange Unified School District upside down Nov.
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October 14, 2004
Thirty schools in Orange County, nearly half in Santa Ana, have joined the list of campuses that have failed to meet testing requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act, the state Education Department announced on Wed- nesday.
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July 31, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Orange Unified School District trustees have voted to place a $196-million bond measure on the November ballot to fund extensive school renovations. The 5-2 decision by trustees Thursday night came nearly five months after voters defeated Measure A -- a similar, $200-million bond proposal. For months, officials have said the district's 41 aging schools need major repairs.
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