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October 18, 1994 | JON NALICK
An informal survey by the Santa Ana Unified School District shows that the most commonly cited reasons for transferring intermediate and high school students to other districts are safety problems and racial disparity. The results of a 10-question survey that was distributed this year to 400 families whose children left the district between the intermediate and high school levels were released last week. Of the 86 parents and students who responded, 16.
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June 5, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
A month after laying off more than one-third of the education staff at its museums, the J. Paul Getty Trust has named one of Southern California's top K-12 educators as the newest member of its volunteer board of trustees. Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, superintendent of the 56,000-student Santa Ana Unified School District, will fill the seat on the 14-member Getty board that's being vacated by investment executive Luis Nogales, who has reached the limit of three four-year terms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1995 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 16-year-old tagger had destroyed five copies of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with bold scribblings of his nickname, Sink, and his tag crew name, OWS--"Only the Wicked Survive." In past years, the Valley High School junior might have been let off easy for defacing school textbooks. But for the past nine months, the Santa Ana Unified School District has teamed up with Santa Ana police to crack down on taggers and other vandals.
OPINION
February 2, 2012
When the 2011 winners of the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award were announced, only one of the 305 recipients was in Los Angeles, and that was a charter school. By contrast, two were located about 30 miles away, in Santa Ana - in a school district less than one-tenth the size of L.A. Unified. Yet Santa Ana Unified is far from affluent. A higher percentage of its students are poor and not fluent in English than in L.A. Unified . Close to 95% are Latino - making Santa Ana the most demographically homogenous school district in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1988 | BRENDA PAIK SUNOO, Times Staff Writer
A battle is shaping up for representation of about 1,400 non-teaching employees of the Santa Ana Unified School District between an AFL-CIO affiliated union and the California School Employees Assn., an independent union which now represents the workers. The Orange County Public Employee Council, an umbrella group for several locals of the AFL-CIO Service Employees International Union, has hired seven full-time organizers to campaign at 43 school sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1996 | Jerry Hicks
It was 175 years ago that Spanish forces finally--after an 11-year war--gave up control of Mexico. It may not have the same oomph as the Fourth of July for some of us, but Sept. 16--"16 de Septiembre," as it's officially known--is an important annual event for many Latinos in Orange County. The Santa Ana Unified School District deserves a salute for recognizing the holiday's meaning to its students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992 | JON NALICK
Wearing knapsacks and clutching notebooks, hundreds of students hurried up McClay Street on Wednesday morning, not only to escape the rain but also to make it to their first day of school on time. In a scene more reminiscent of fall that was repeated across town at Lathrop Intermediate School, students at Sierra Intermediate waved goodby to parents and joined the throngs of youngsters waiting in lines to get schedules of classes and books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1995
The success of the Santa Ana Unified School District in curbing the amount of graffiti on everything from books to walls demonstrates the value of communication, in this case of school officials talking with city police. For the last nine months, the district and police have joined forces to crack down on "taggers" who put their initials or their gang's monikers on school property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with a $145-million school bond issue--Orange County's largest ever--the Santa Ana Unified School District is undertaking the largest school building project in the county's history. But now that the county's most overcrowded schools have the funds to build another 11 elementary and two high schools, the question is where to put them in a city with little available undeveloped land. The short answer: wherever they will fit. There is no science to finding sites for schools.
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April 9, 1988 | A. DAHLEEN GLANTON, Times Staff Writer
Teachers in at least two Santa Ana schools picketed Friday to protest a 5% salary bonus included in a tentative contract settlement reached by the school district and the teachers union. Some teachers said they are working to defeat the contract proposal when it goes before union members for a vote Tuesday. The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees is also scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2009 | Tony Barboza
While high schools across the state are toughening their graduation requirements to prepare students for college, one of the state's largest school districts is planning to make it easier for students to graduate. In a proposal that would cut out health, college and career planning, world geography and earth science as required courses, the Santa Ana Unified School District is seeking to reduce the number of credits necessary to graduate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana's school district has proposed $17 million in budget cuts this week because of declining enrollment, another measure of the dwindling student population in Southern California coastal counties. In the last four years, Los Angeles County has reported a 3.6% decline in pupils, Orange County has seen a 1.6% drop, and San Diego County has experienced a 1.2% falloff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The state Department of Education said Thursday it was investigating special-education instruction at a high school in Santa Ana, the latest controversy to dog the city's beleaguered school district. The probe was prompted by complaints from two teachers at Valley High who alleged that special-education students were shifted to regular classes because there was not enough room to offer them separate classes.
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September 22, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has long been one of the state's perennial athletic powers. But the Roman Catholic school never had a place to display its prowess -- the tiny gymnasium wasn't big enough to hold a regulation-size basketball court, much less hang 60 championship banners. This week, the school's teams will move into a facility that would be the envy of some colleges: an $18-million athletic and aquatic complex.
OPINION
August 15, 2006 | Scott Feldmann, SCOTT FELDMANN is a partner with the law firm of Crowell & Moring.
WHY DO WE eliminate incentives from our public education system? We all agree that educating our children is important, but we fail to use the most proven performance-enhancement tool of the marketplace -- cold, hard cash. Incentives matter in life. How many of us would put forth our best if we never got a tangible reward? Instead of expecting our children to wait years for the payoff for a good education, we should deliver one sooner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Longtime Santa Ana Unified School District Supt. Al Mijares announced his resignation Friday to take an administrative position with an educational testing organization. Mijares, who has headed the district for 12 years, will become vice president of the Western region of the College Board, a nonprofit that creates such standardized tests as the SAT. The 53-year-old superintendent plans to leave his post by late August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana Unified School District will likely be able to keep its promise to create about 14,000 new classroom seats, but will probably fail to build the number of campuses proposed when voters passed a bond measure four years ago. That was the preliminary conclusion released Monday night during a session with a consultant hired to make sense of an estimated $100 million in cost escalations in the district's aggressive construction campaign.
OPINION
December 7, 2003
Once there was a large school district in Southern California with many poor, inner-city students crammed into leaky old schoolhouses. Recognizing the need for decent facilities, voters in the late 1990s approved a bond measure to build and fix schools, but the money was mismanaged. District officials tolerated delays that raised costs. They sank money into expenses that led nowhere. They resisted oversight that would have found problems early.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2006 | Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping his former girlfriend and their 4-year-old son and driving them to San Diego, where both were found unharmed. Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 28, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. by Santa Ana police officers who saw him in a car and ordered it pulled over, said Cmdr. Charles Deakins of the Santa Ana Police Department. Inside were Cristina Silva, 27, and the couple's son, Brian Hernandez.
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