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January 11, 1991 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gov. Pete Wilson's proposed budget hits education hard, reducing per-pupil spending in public schools to 1985 levels and forcing the University of California to consider not admitting all eligible freshmen from the state in the fall of 1992.
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September 24, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The academic achievement of black and Latino students continues to lag significantly behind that of their white and Asian counterparts, according to results from the latest San Diego city schools standardized tests. Educators conceded Wednesday that they have no short-term solutions to close the gap. Only white students consistently scored at or above the national median in all areas of the multiple-choice achievement test given last spring to all students in the fifth and seventh grades.
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March 13, 1991 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Refusing to declare health care a vital--if not always welcomed--obligation of San Diego city public schools, trustees Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to issue notices of possible layoffs to more than a third of all school nurses. Not even heart-rending stories of students having serious illnesses prevented or caught in time by nurses serving as the pupils' only source of care could sway a majority of board members from giving Supt.
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June 24, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An agonized San Diego city schools board worked late into the night Tuesday, but failed to cut $21.5 million from its 1992-93 budget because of California's financial shortages. They put off further decisions until July 14. Trustees were facing proposed elimination of supplemental English, elementary music, basic sex education and career counseling programs as well as reductions in nurses, high school athletics, basic secondary counseling, night school patrols and maintenance.
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October 27, 1991
David Smollar's article of Sept. 29, "City Grapples with Teachers' Flight to North," noted the feelings expressed by teachers and administrators situated both north and south of Interstate 8. They spoke of being overwhelmed and frustrated with the family and environmental problems that children bring with them to school. It is clear that children do not leave their family concerns at the classroom door. It is equally clear that teacher training is not preparation for dealing with family issues.
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June 6, 1990
Bay Park Elementary School teachers were granted permission Tuesday to waive letter grades in social studies and science for two years while they plan an improved curriculum and seek better ways to judge a student's academic progress. San Diego city schools trustees voted 4 to 0, with Kay Davis absent, to approve the plan, which gives the teachers time to design new tests that move away from measuring only rote information.
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January 14, 1990
As an alternative education teacher, I must take issue with one point made in the Jan. 3 article criticizing dropout prevention in the San Diego city schools ("Evaluators Give Schools' Dropout Prevention Efforts an 'F' "). Teachers are not "failing to take into account" family problems that contribute to student failure, but they are often faced with insurmountable odds in effecting change in these dysfunctional families. Students who see their parents abusing drugs or each other, or rarely see their parents at all, are extremely difficult to motivate.
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April 22, 1992
The education foundation at Madison High School will be able to begin adult bingo, using the proceeds for new computers and other student needs. San Diego city schools trustees on Tuesday voted, 5 to 0, to approve the game at the Clairemont campus. Supt. Tom Payzant opposed the idea, saying he did not want to introduce gambling on school campuses, even if limited to adult games at night.
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April 5, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Wednesday presented a crystal apple and a note of thanks to Janis T. Gabay of San Diego's Junipero Serra High School, the 1990 National Teacher of the Year. "Over the past 17 years, she has developed her power to motivate minds, to give kids a sense of wonder and bless them with a life of possibilities unimagined in ordinary moments," Bush said of Gabay.
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June 10, 1992 | JIM LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As principal at San Diego High for the past 10 years, Bob Amparan has not lost sight of students like Ed Barnsley, Garth Humphrey and David Campbell. Never mind that they are students at Mira Mesa; Amparan displays a genuine concern for all kids. And on this day, their plight was similar, anyway.
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June 9, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unprecedented action, almost $21 million in additional salary and student program cuts--on top of $9.6 million slashed last month--were proposed Monday by Supt. Tom Payzant to balance the San Diego city schools budget for fiscal year 1992-93. The scope of the suggested cutbacks stunned board members as they learned of Payzant's harsh medicine: raise class size by one-half student; cut employees salaries by up to 2.
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June 3, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proposition O, which promises $215 million to renovate San Diego city schools, was leading after a tight battle Tuesday night as polls drew remarkably few voters. If the measure doesn't win voters' approval, school officials vowed to bring it to the polls once again in the fall. "I expected it would be extremely close," said schools Supt. Tom Payzant. "If it's not successful, it will be my recommendation that we go back to the voters in November and request approval again."
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May 20, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salary slashes for San Diego city schools employees, beyond a 1% cut already requested by trustees, appear inevitable given the looming state budget deficit, the head of the San Diego Teachers Assn. said Tuesday. For that reason, negotiations between trustees and the district's five unions, including the behemoth teacher association, are proceeding slowly, said Hugh Boyle.
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April 28, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents, teachers and principals from San Diego city high schools will place a full-court press on the school board this afternoon to argue that a plan to put interscholastic athletics completely after school makes no sense financially or educationally. Supt. Tom Payzant has proposed the move to save $520,000 as part of the district's wrenching effort to slash $10 million or more from next year's budget.
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April 22, 1992
The education foundation at Madison High School will be able to begin adult bingo, using the proceeds for new computers and other student needs. San Diego city schools trustees on Tuesday voted, 5 to 0, to approve the game at the Clairemont campus. Supt. Tom Payzant opposed the idea, saying he did not want to introduce gambling on school campuses, even if limited to adult games at night.
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March 24, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attention! San Diego junior-high students! Big Teacher is watching you! Maybe. For the next two months, there will be a video camera box staring down the aisle of each of the six buses that carries students between Southeast San Diego and Standley Junior High School in University City.
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January 21, 1992
The deputy superintendent of San Diego city schools is one of the top 10 contenders listed by a consultant for the post of San Francisco schools superintendent. Bertha Pendleton, second-in-command in San Diego, was contacted about her interest by Pasadena consultant Ira Krinsky, a specialist in searches for urban superintendents.
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