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January 22, 1993 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court, rejecting a claim by a repairman who slipped on a slice of lunch meat, gave new protection Thursday to government agencies and business firms against lawsuits for injuries on their property. In a 6-1 decision, the court held that a San Diego County school district could not be held liable for damages for such injuries without proof that its employees created a dangerous situation.
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August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts, and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District  in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
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April 10, 1988
Voters in the Poway Unified School District will be asked Tuesday to approve a $58.4-million bond issue, which, when combined with $20 million in developers' fees, would be used to build a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools in the fast-growing district. The district has 20,000 students, but its 19 schools can accommodate only 16,000, leaving about 4,000 students in portable classrooms and trailers. By 1995, the district expects 32,100 students.
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August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
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September 17, 2008 | Tony Perry
A San Diego County school board has decided to continue its legal fight against a high school math teacher who wants to restore banners saying "God Bless America" and "One Nation Under God" to his classroom, the board's attorney, Jack M. Sleeth Jr., said Tuesday. The board of the Poway Unified School District, in closed session Monday night, decided to continue opposing the lawsuit filed by Bradley Johnson. Johnson filed suit after he was ordered by a school principal to take down the banners.
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March 7, 1990
A Boy Scout leader who is also a teacher in Rancho Penasquitos pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he molested a boy on overnight camping trips. Dozens of friends and supporters of Rodney Stark, 41, showed up at his arraignment in Municipal Court, and seven briefly testified about his character. Judge William Woodward rejected the prosecution's request for bail at $100,000 and set it at $15,000.
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June 10, 2005 | Claudia Zequeira, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded two former Poway High School students a total of $300,000 after finding that school administrators failed to protect them from students who harassed them because they are gay. In their lawsuit against the Poway Unified School District, Joseph Ramelli and Megan Donovan, both 19, said they were ostracized and verbally harassed by their peers for years.
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May 17, 1989 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
Poway Unified School District school board members appointed William Cunningham, a former education adviser to Gov. George Deukmejian, to head an investigation of ethnic discrimination at Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos. District Supt. Robert Reeves denied that Cunningham, a friend and educational associate, will be biased in favor of the school administration while investigating the district's conduct concerning minority students. At the heart of the controversy is the rivalry between Filipino gangs in Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa, who have clashed several times on school campuses during the past school year.
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December 5, 1991 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 48-year-old school administrator from Poway has been named the new superintendent of the Santa Clarita Valley's largest school district, officials announced Wednesday. Walter L. Swanson will replace Hamilton C. Smyth as head of the William S. Hart Union High School District. The district's eight junior highs and high schools draw about 10,500 students from around the Santa Clarita Valley in northern Los Angeles County.
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September 7, 1990
Several hundred parents and youngsters received a sneak preview Thursday of the spruced-up Midland Elementary School campus, where dozens of students and some teachers reported mysterious illnesses last spring. The Poway school, oldest in the Poway Unified School District, has a new coat of paint, an expanded parking lot, new classroom carpets and a new principal, Abby Silliker, who replaces Fred Van Houten at the trouble-plagued campus.
OPINION
September 18, 2011
One of the first lessons schoolchildren learn is that there is a difference between students and teachers. That homely wisdom, combined with a proper reading of the 1st Amendment, has led a federal appeals court to rule that a San Diego-area math teacher can't hang religious banners in his classroom. Bradley Johnson, a teacher in the Poway Unified School District, had displayed large banners that he saw as celebrating the religious heritage of America. The messages included "In God We Trust," "God Bless America" and "All men are created equal, they are endowed by their CREATOR.
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September 14, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the claim of a San Diego-area mathematics teacher that his 1st Amendment rights were violated when the school's principal ordered him to take down classroom banners that referred to God. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the principal and school board had the same authority as any employer to set limits on the speech of employees. Bradley Johnson, a mathematics teacher in the Poway Unified School District, had displayed banners in his classrooms for two decades that he saw as celebrating the religious heritage of America, including "In God We Trust," "God Bless America," and "God Shed His Grace on Thee.
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September 17, 2008 | Tony Perry
A San Diego County school board has decided to continue its legal fight against a high school math teacher who wants to restore banners saying "God Bless America" and "One Nation Under God" to his classroom, the board's attorney, Jack M. Sleeth Jr., said Tuesday. The board of the Poway Unified School District, in closed session Monday night, decided to continue opposing the lawsuit filed by Bradley Johnson. Johnson filed suit after he was ordered by a school principal to take down the banners.
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April 30, 2008 | Tony Perry
Six students at Rancho Bernardo High School have been suspended on suspicion of hacking into the school's computer to change their grades and peek at exams, a spokeswoman for the Poway Unified School District said Tuesday. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says it will wait until the district finishes its own investigation to determine whether to conduct a criminal probe. A recommendation on punishment will be made to the school board. The tests that were hacked did not include the Advanced Placement exams that can influence college admission, said spokesman Sharon Raffer.
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June 10, 2005 | Claudia Zequeira, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded two former Poway High School students a total of $300,000 after finding that school administrators failed to protect them from students who harassed them because they are gay. In their lawsuit against the Poway Unified School District, Joseph Ramelli and Megan Donovan, both 19, said they were ostracized and verbally harassed by their peers for years.
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November 6, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Friday refused a request to order a suburban school district to allow a student to wear a T-shirt that says God condemns homosexuality. But U.S. District Judge John Houston also ruled that Tyler Chase Harper, 16, can continue his lawsuit against the Poway school district on grounds that his religious rights were infringed. School administrators told Harper that he could not wear the T-shirt to Poway High because it was offensive to gay students.
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April 30, 2008 | Tony Perry
Six students at Rancho Bernardo High School have been suspended on suspicion of hacking into the school's computer to change their grades and peek at exams, a spokeswoman for the Poway Unified School District said Tuesday. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says it will wait until the district finishes its own investigation to determine whether to conduct a criminal probe. A recommendation on punishment will be made to the school board. The tests that were hacked did not include the Advanced Placement exams that can influence college admission, said spokesman Sharon Raffer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts, and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District  in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
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June 23, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
State records show that more than 400 public school teachers in California have been investigated for allegedly helping students on state standardized tests over the past five years -- double the number of incidents reported last month by the state Department of Education. Probes into the alleged cheating proved nearly 200 incidents, including cases of teachers providing answers to students or wrongfully allowing them extra test time, according to state documents.
NEWS
January 22, 1993 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court, rejecting a claim by a repairman who slipped on a slice of lunch meat, gave new protection Thursday to government agencies and business firms against lawsuits for injuries on their property. In a 6-1 decision, the court held that a San Diego County school district could not be held liable for damages for such injuries without proof that its employees created a dangerous situation.
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