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January 7, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday to appoint John Deasy as the next superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, sources said Thursday. Deasy would replace Ramon C. Cortines, 78, who announced last year that he would retire this spring from the system he has headed since 2008. No Los Angeles Unified School District officials or administrators were willing to publicly discuss Deasy's presumed hiring. Employees said they had no authorization to do so, and elected officials said it would be improper to discuss the board's private deliberations.
February 18, 2010 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines resigned Thursday from the board of Scholastic Inc. after increased scrutiny of his relationship with the school-district vendor that paid him compensation worth more than $150,000 last year. Scholastic provides the district's primary reading intervention program and has received more than $16 million over the last five years from contracts with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cortines has recused himself from matters pertaining to Scholastic, but the company's substantial district business has complicated that approach.
April 9, 2008 | Howard Blume
The school board Tuesday approved the hiring of Ramon C. Cortines as senior deputy superintendent -- the No. 2 position -- of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The veteran educator will leave his post as a Los Angeles deputy mayor to head day-to-day operations at the nation's second-largest school system. Cortines, 75, formerly headed the school districts in New York City, San Francisco and San Jose. For six months in 2000, he served as interim chief of L.A. Unified. Cortines agreed to an at-will contract, meaning he will serve at the pleasure of Supt.
May 1, 2008 | Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday withdrew offers of classroom space for charter schools at seven traditional schools. Charters will no longer be invited to share space at Taft, Fairfax and Crenshaw high schools. Elementary schools off the list are Wadsworth, 49th Street, Miles and Hughes. Teachers, administrators and parents at numerous schools have waged campaigns against the charters. In a memo, Senior Deputy Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said he based his decision on his experience running schools and on input from an "instructional group" that examined effects on academic programs.
March 19, 2000
Re "Officials Identify Five Possible Downtown School Sites," March 5. I applaud [officials'] recommendation to remake the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters into a high school to help relieve the overcrowded situation in that area. It is my hope that [Supt. Ramon C. Cortines] will turn his attention to the overcrowding in the east San Fernando Valley and recommend to the board that it make haste in acquiring the Laurel Plaza Shopping Center [property]. That center has been depressed for some time and now holds only a Robinsons-May department store and its general offices.
July 1, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Tuesday that he was taking "appropriate personnel action" against the principal and athletic director of Birmingham High School for allowing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to use the school's football team in a photo shoot. Cortines declined to say what the action was, citing confidentiality rules. Depending on the nature of the discipline, it could become somewhat moot today, when the Board of Education is scheduled to vote on Birmingham's petition to become an independent charter school.
May 9, 2008
Re "2 removed in school sex cases," May 7 This story shows just how inept the Los Angeles Unified School District is in protecting children. Your story says that a memo was written and sent to 11 senior officials and Supt. David L. Brewer as well as the seven-member school board in February 2007. Why didn't board members ask about the information in that memo? Ramon C. Cortines, senior deputy superintendent, said the memo "was not that explicit." The memo stated that the "LAPD is also investigating allegations that he [former Assistant Principal Stephen Thomas Rooney]
November 14, 2009 | Jason Song
Los Angeles school district officials asked union members Friday to agree to four furlough days this year and a future 12% pay cut to help offset a nearly $500-million budget shortfall next year. Without the concessions, the district may have to lay off up to 8,500 employees this summer, according to a letter to employees from Supt. Ramon C. Cortines. L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest district, faces nearly a $60-million deficit this year and a projected $480-million shortfall next year, and Cortines said he expects future reductions in state funding.
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