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August 2, 1992
Harry Bernstein's column, "Schools Need Daring Experiment" (July 7), suggests that schools "should simply shut down" when they run out of money. Bernstein believes that would send the "powerful message to Sacramento and taxpayers that it takes more money to run a decent school system properly, and (those who operate the system) won't tolerate the current mess any more." Bernstein's suggestions reflect a complete ignorance of the constitutional obligation of school trustees to develop a balanced budget and what would happen in the event they failed to fulfill that obligation.
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BUSINESS
August 2, 1992
Harry Bernstein's column, "Schools Need Daring Experiment" (July 7), suggests that schools "should simply shut down" when they run out of money. Bernstein believes that would send the "powerful message to Sacramento and taxpayers that it takes more money to run a decent school system properly, and (those who operate the system) won't tolerate the current mess any more." Bernstein's suggestions reflect a complete ignorance of the constitutional obligation of school trustees to develop a balanced budget and what would happen in the event they failed to fulfill that obligation.
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March 5, 1992 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District's top fiscal officer--whose suspension over a massive mid-year deficit has sparked concern among black civic leaders--had warned the Board of Education on at least eight occasions over the past three years that its spending practices were threatening the district's financial future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District's top fiscal officer--whose suspension over a massive mid-year deficit has sparked concern among black civic leaders--had warned the Board of Education on at least eight occasions over the past three years that its spending practices were threatening the district's financial future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1990
Facing its biggest financial crisis in a decade, the Los Angeles school board is considering eliminating 1,300 positions--including more than 600 teaching jobs--as it tries to trim $220 million from next year's budget. The board already has approved $119 million in cuts, including eliminating 635 clerical and administrative jobs. But the district's chief financial officer, Robert Booker, said another $101 million in cuts are needed to meet state requirements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1987
In response to a district attorney's probe into the alleged theft of thousands of dollars worth of school supplies by Los Angeles school district employees, the district will change a number of procedures to provide better checks on purchasing and overtime pay. Controller Robert Booker said last week that the new procedures will help officials detect problems sooner but were not completely foolproof.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1992
The budget news is bad and getting worse for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Robert Booker, the chief financial officer, has warned the school board to expect another huge deficit--this time of $258 million--for the next fiscal year. Maybe this time, a majority of the board will listen. Veteran financial officer Booker warned against approving an 8% pay raise for teachers and dipping into the reserves--leaving little room to compensate for state cutbacks or a drop in lottery revenues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1990 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District finance chief Robert Booker has recommended that the district delay any further cuts in its proposed $3.96-billion budget, despite state funding reductions that could cost the district $77 million in the coming year. In presenting the budget to the school board on Monday, Booker expressed confidence that the state Legislature will restore the 4.76% cost-of-living increase that Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1989
After approving nearly $43 million in cuts, the Los Angeles Board of Education has approved a tentative $3.8-billion spending plan for 1989-90, which slightly exceeds this year's $3.5-billion budget. Among the largest cuts approved are a 5% reduction in central administration costs ($6.1 million), eliminating outside management consultants on school construction projects ($2.4 million) and trimming per-student allotments of lottery money ($3 million). The budget includes some new expenditures required by law, such as earthquake repairs ($1.2 million)
OPINION
March 15, 1992
Blame for the Los Angeles Unified School District budget shortfall must start in Sacramento. Gov. Pete Wilson and the Legislature have consistently underfunded public education. Additionally, LAUSD budget priorities are skewed. Budgeting should have the classroom as its core instead of the administrative bureaucracy. Outside auditors reported that the latest $130-million mistake was caused by LAUSD financial staff miscalculations, miscommunications and faulty spending projections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District board closed a $130-million gap in this year's budget Tuesday by approving measures that will nearly empty the district's emergency reserve account and expand a spending freeze on office and school supplies.
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December 24, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles school district's chief business and financial officer said Tuesday that, because of recent alleged thefts by supervisors and others on the district's custodial staff, he will recommend tougher internal audits and requirements for sign-offs on deliveries. Robert Booker, who also supervises the huge district's auditing operations, said, however, that he is convinced that the reported thefts are an isolated phenomenon, and he called "irresponsible" suggestions by Dist. Atty.
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