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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2000
Re "Ex-Colorado Governor Seeking L.A. School Job," April 6: I am totally shocked by this article. In all due respect to Roy Romer, this job begs for and demands an outstanding educator with good administrative skills. There is already on board a chief operating officer, Howard Miller, who is supposed to be handling the business and administrative matters. I am not speaking on behalf of any political party and think politics should not play any part in this decision. The problems with the Los Angeles Unified School District are so awful.
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March 13, 2011 | By Connie Rice
I've served 10 years on the citizens committee that oversees the Los Angeles Unified School District's building program. As I leave that post, I've drawn one clear conclusion: Educators should not manage large school construction programs. Without an independent, professionally run school construction authority, taxpayers will never be protected from the kind of mismanagement chronicled in The Times' "Billions to Spend" series on the bungled building program of the Los Angeles Community College District, and in news articles more than a decade earlier about the Los Angeles Unified School District's Belmont fiasco.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000
Re "L.A. Unified Appoints 11 Leaders for Subdistricts," June 16: After concluding a nationwide search through 300 applications, nine come from L.A. Unified and the other two from Compton Unified? Excuse me for being a little slow, but out of all the school districts in the U.S., this is where Supt. Roy Romer finds his leaders? It's great to know the "good ol' boys" system is still alive and well. SCOTT WILLIAM DRUE Redondo Beach Excuse me? Deputy Supt. Liliam Castillo "will suffer a slight pay cut," receiving only $150,000 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2009 | Howard Blume
Former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, who ran L.A.'s schools for six years, has joined the College Board as a senior advisor. The New York City-based nonprofit develops and markets the SAT and the Advanced Placement exams, among others. In his new job, Romer, 80, will work closely with former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, the president of the College Board, who called Romer "one of the most talented, knowledgeable persons on education around the country."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of thousands of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District begin the 2000-01 school year today as administrators and teachers grapple with sweeping changes and surging enrollment in the nation's second-largest school system. Officially, the school year--and the changes--started in July for students at 220 of the area's most crowded campuses, including 50 in the San Fernando Valley, operating on multitrack year-round schedules.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DOUG SMITH
Roy Romer was the city's most sought-after public figure last week. Since being named Tuesday to head the Los Angeles Unified School District, the former Colorado governor has been relentlessly pursued by national and local news media. Determined to set a high standard of accessibility, he made time for them all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
About 150 students marched on Los Angeles Unified's downtown headquarters Thursday to protest the dearth of college preparation classes at their South Los Angeles campuses, and they secured a pledge from Supt. Roy Romer to investigate. Organizers of the loud but peaceful protest advanced to the front doors of the school district's main office late in the afternoon, chanting: "Romer, Romer, come on down. Talk to us, don't be a clown." A few minutes later, Romer emerged from his office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2001 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Good things, they say, come in small packages. So it is perhaps fitting that it is Los Angeles first-graders who are providing some of the best news the Los Angeles Unified School District has received in some time. The district reported Tuesday that its first-graders are for the first time performing above average in reading and spelling, scoring in the 56th percentile nationally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the urging of influential civic leaders, Roy Romer, chairman of the Democratic National Convention and former governor of Colorado, has met with top Los Angeles school officials to explore the possibility of becoming superintendent. District officials have said from the outset that they want to look outside the traditional world of educators for a successor to interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Officials from two giant bureaucracies clashed on Tuesday in a dispute over whether the Los Angeles Unified School District will invite an audit by City Controller Laura Chick. In dueling afternoon news conferences, the mayor argued the necessity of the audit, and the schools superintendent said the audit could actually harm the district. By the end of the day, after a City Council debate and two news conferences, it remained unclear what the scope of the audit might be.
OPINION
April 30, 2007
Re "Romer tapped to lead learning initiative," April 26 The defense spending for the United States is roughly equivalent to the combined spending of 200 other countries in the world. We have chosen to waste our treasure on guns rather than butter. I hope that ex-Los Angeles schools chief and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer focuses on this fact when he begins his campaign to make education a top issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Unless we drastically alter our national priorities, moving away from war and toward social needs, any such campaign is doomed to failure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
Outgoing Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer warned Wednesday of a possible $2.5-billion shortfall in the school district's massive construction program, a result of skyrocketing building costs and steadily declining student enrollment. "There is a great big elephant in the room," said Romer, addressing the committee that oversees school construction and modernization. "The inflation of building and land costs has had a tremendous sociological impact on this city, and it has had an impact on us."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Roy Romer is perched on the seat of a 100cc Honda dirt bike, snaking down a mountain trail high in the front range of the Rockies. He is 77, the superintendent of Los Angeles schools, a former three-term governor of Colorado, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a man who has rubbed shoulders with Bill Clinton and Tony Blair and knocked elbows with Antonio Villaraigosa, and at the moment he is revving downhill helmet-free, looking a bit like a circus bear on a bicycle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Six years ago, when Roy Romer arrived to take over the Los Angeles schools, many teachers and administrators were skeptical. The former Colorado governor, backed by then-Mayor Richard Riordan and billionaire Eli Broad, was not only unschooled in the workings of the Los Angeles Unified School District, he was not even an educator.
OPINION
July 27, 2006
Re "Romer Lashes Out at Mayor for Criticism," July 21 Although I voted for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, his bashing of L.A. Supt. Roy Romer is off base. Romer didn't need to take on the superintendent position other than for altruistic reasons. The position demands political skills to navigate the teachers union and school board bureaucracies. Romer has brought more transparency to his actions and exerted considerable effort reaching out to various constituencies. Comments by former school board member Warren Furutani, a self-appointed leader of his ethnic community, were irrelevant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2006 | Howard Blume and Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger escalated the war of rhetoric Tuesday in the battle over reform and control of Los Angeles schools, calling the way the school district is run "horrible" and implying that Supt. Roy Romer deserved to be fired. In an interview, Romer responded that Schwarzenegger was "just blowing in the wind." Schwarzenegger has said consistently that he would sign legislation giving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa more authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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May 31, 1999 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Launching a preemptive strike against the Republican front-runner, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is asserting that Texas Gov. George W. Bush lacks the experience and leadership skills to serve as president. "He wouldn't be in this race if his name were not Bush," said Chairman Roy Romer in an interview that he requested with The Times. "He would be regarded as maybe one of the top 20 governors in the United States. But he wouldn't be a leading candidate for president."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2002 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer said Wednesday that he will propose using as much as $38.5 million in surplus funds from the last fiscal year for employee health benefits. He said the money would come from a $60-million to $65-million surplus that the district recently discovered after overestimating last year's expenditures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writers
As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stumped across Los Angeles on Thursday to drum up support for his proposed takeover of the public schools, Supt. Roy Romer unleashed a stinging rebuke of the mayor and a forceful defense of the embattled school district. Romer lashed out at Villaraigosa, challenging the frequent attacks the mayor has leveled against the Los Angeles Unified School District during his yearlong push for control. Romer repeatedly called the assault "propaganda" and likened it to the U.
OPINION
June 29, 2006
Re "The mayor's bad deal," Opinion, June 25 Supt. Roy Romer's discussion of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's deal [to control the Los Angeles Unified School District] includes the usual attack on teachers. According to Romer, teachers are against reform. Not so. Many teachers are against micromanagement, of which we've seen plenty in the last six years. Simultaneous to the introduction of the one-size-fits-all curriculum, we introduced the 20-to-1 class-size ratio for grades K-3; those grades have made the most significant gains over the six years of Romer's tenure.
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