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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.
New Los Angeles schools chief Roy Romer on Thursday said his top priorities will include shrinking the district bureaucracy, relieving overcrowding and calming the clamor for breaking up the district. "There's no issue that has caused me more concern than building more schools," Romer said at a Town Hall Los Angeles luncheon. "I don't yet see a path to get us out of that thicket." "I just want to say to you that I'm very excited to take this on," the former Colorado governor said.
March 21, 2001 | From Times staff writers
Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer has unveiled a five-year strategic plan that calls for the district to concentrate its resources on improved reading and math skills, professional development and adequate classroom space. The plan emphasizes the use of teacher coaches in literacy and math. It calls for 780 coaches in all, 475 for reading and 285 for math. "The well-prepared teacher is key to student learning," Romer said in notes incorporated into the plan.
June 11, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Unified Supt. Roy Romer on Tuesday defended his choice of a new administrator for the subdistrict that represents the northeast San Fernando Valley. Romer announced his selection of Sue Shannon, assistant superintendent of instructional services, last week. But at Tuesday's school board meeting, some speakers urged the selection instead of a Latino candidate, Maria Reza, assistant superintendent of student health and human services. The subdistrict is about 84% Latino.
February 21, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer said he has frozen administrative hiring and is cutting back dozens of programs to produce the $100 million needed to pay for teacher salary increases of more than 15%. The budget tightening will become even more severe next year when he will have to find another $153 million to fund the new contract he negotiated with United Teachers-Los Angeles last month. Union members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative contract last week.
May 5, 2002
The plan to require teachers at some Los Angeles schools to dress formally and sign an oath that they will do so is an insult not only to these hard-working, underpaid professionals but to every taxpayer in the LAUSD area ("Teachers Protest Dress Code," May 1). With test scores dropping, criminal behavior all too common among students, racial tension between blacks and Hispanics and class sizes actually going up, Supt. Roy Romer thinks ties and pantyhose are the solution? This is like attacking a burning building by painting the bathrooms in pastels while the structure collapses around you. Teachers should be comfortable with their outfits so they can remain energetic and enthusiastic, and Romer and his staff should be addressing real issues like class size, teacher training, parental involvement and mental health and learning-disability issues.
October 3, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An unmarked police car carrying Gov. Roy Romer was forced to speeds of up to 110 m.p.h. to elude two men who chased him for about 20 miles on a highway. Romer crouched down on the car's floor during the chase, which followed what campaign organizers described as a "strange" phone call earlier in the day from a person who wanted to know details of the governor's schedule. "There's no sense in being a target," Romer said. "It is bewildering.
June 12, 2001
Only two months after his appointment, the chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District has abruptly resigned the post. Allen Solomon, the former associate vice dean of operations at UCLA, canceled his remaining appointments last week. He gave no official explanation for his decision and was not available for comment Monday. Supt. Roy Romer said Solomon chose to leave after the job evolved into one with less authority than he had expected.
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.
September 12, 2005
Re "Back-to-(new)-school day," editorial, Sept. 8 I wish that Supt. Roy Romer and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had visited our school on our first day of classes. We were one of those lucky schools that was able to switch from a year-round schedule to a traditional one. They would have seen a school that has more students attending now than ever before. They would have seen hundreds of students sitting in the auditorium for days, waiting to be given programs. They would have seen at least 20 substitutes covering classes that lacked permanent teachers.
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