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May 26, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
About 25 students, parents and grandparents ignited a spark of activism in Santa Monica's Latino community by marching this week to protest cuts in bilingual education in the city's schools. The nine-block march Tuesday through quiet neighborhoods and past a wall of gang graffiti ended at the headquarters of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where demonstrators occupied the lobby and confronted officials.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Santa Monica's school superintendent has apologized for comments she made after placing a popular science teacher on leave for getting into a physical altercation with a student.   In a statement sent to the “community” over the weekend, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon acknowledged that her remarks about the teacher and wrestling coach have “ caused great anger.” “There is concern that my statement reflected a pre-judgment of the teacher's conduct prior to completion of an investigation,” she said.
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August 20, 1987 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Less than 24 hours after reaching a tentative agreement with the teachers union that calls for a wage increase, the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education approved $600,000 in cuts in its 1987-88 budget. The tentative agreement with the 450-member Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Assn. was reached after an 18-hour negotiating session that ended at 3 a.m. Tuesday in the district's headquarters.
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April 28, 2013 | Matt Stevens
The PTA at Point Dume Elementary in Malibu is a fundraising machine. Parents collected about $2,100 per student in the 2009-10 school year, money that helped pay for music and art programs, as well as a dedicated marine science lab. But now the Santa Monica-Malibu school board wants to funnel much of that money away and, in the name of educational equality, give it to other district campuses. The move has sparked an effort in Malibu to secede from the district, igniting a battle between one wealthy community and its less wealthy neighbor that echoes across the state.
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March 14, 1993 | Bernice Hirabayashi, Times staff writer
Neil C. Schmidt, 51, new superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Claim to fame: Schmidt took the helm of the 9,500-student school district in July upon the retirement of Eugene Tucker. Schmidt had been superintendent of the Lodi Unified School District in the San Joaquin Valley. An advocate of the concept that school achievement is dependent on a supportive home environment, he established a family literacy program at several elementary schools.
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May 31, 1987 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica schools have slowed their declining enrollment by registering 150 students who applied in response to an advertising campaign aimed at attracting children of parents who work in the district but live elsewhere. The surge in registrations means that for the first time in 10 years Santa Monica-Malibu district schools may open their doors in September with an enrollment equal to or larger than it was in June, said Leo Martucci, the district's director of pupil services.
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May 15, 1997
The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to bar the Santa Monica-Malibu School District from spending the city's money on Malibu schools. The city annually contributes about $1.5 million to the district's general fund. But once the city staff determines a way to implement the restriction, the district will be required to redirect the money into funds that support only schools within Santa Monica city limits.
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May 31, 1987 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica schools have slowed their declining enrollment by registering 150 students who applied in response to an advertising campaign aimed at attracting children of parents who work in the district but live elsewhere. The surge in registrations means that for the first time in 10 years Santa Monica-Malibu district schools may open their doors in September with an enrollment equal to or larger than it was in June, said Leo Martucci, the district's director of pupil services.
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June 21, 2002 | Martha Groves
It isn't every community that would undertake to raise a $15-million endowment to expand arts education in public schools. But Santa Monica, home to many in the entertainment business, is nothing if not different. For the Arts ... For Every Child is meant to ensure--for all time, in theory--that each child in the district is exposed to the arts. Fund-raising, designed to pay for new teachers and supplies, is proceeding vigorously. "We're well into seven figures.
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January 22, 1986
I would like to voice what seems to be a minority opinion on the year-round school issue. I speak as a parent (currently of pre-schoolers), as a former secondary teacher, as a former recreation center administrator, and as a museum educator. Having school operate year-round seems eminently sensible to me, given that children will still have adequate vacation time. Most parents work year-round; in fact most of modern society functions on a 12-month schedule. Few of us are fortunate enough to have more than three or four weeks vacation annually.
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August 25, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district have grown accustomed to whole wheat pasta and lunchtime salad bars, with vegetables delivered fresh every day from a farmers market. But to the chagrin of some healthful food advocates and parents, chocolate milk will continue to be served too. The school board debated late into the night Wednesday before deciding to keep it on the menu. But parents can request that their children not receive chocolate milk. Like many districts across the country, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District had joined the debate about whether the calcium that is valuable for growing children is worth the trade-off of sugar and calories that come with the flavored milk.
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April 10, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
The former director of a private Santa Monica high school is alleged to have misused more than $1 million in school funds, forcing the school into bankruptcy near the beginning of the term and blindsiding many families who had paid a full year's tuition, according to documents and interviews. Many of the allegations are part of a civil lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court by Concord International High School against former administrator Susan Packer Davis, her husband, Eric Hille, and her son, Alexander Davis.
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February 3, 2011 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Over months of Friday mornings, the teenagers dug holes for kale and eggplant. They staked and tied vines heavy with tomatoes and pulled out the plants when the season was done. Working alongside them on a narrow strip of schoolyard outside Olympic High in Santa Monica was Ray Garcia, the executive chef at the swanky restaurant Fig in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, who came each week to the school to teach and to learn and to try to open the teenagers' eyes and palates. Quietly, he urged them along, talking about the plants and his work.
SPORTS
November 6, 2010 | By Chris Foster
The color scheme in the Katz household has undergone a radical change. Out is powder blue and gold ? what were they thinking? ? and in are orange-and-black patterns. A short drive from the UCLA campus, the home where Ryan Katz was raised has become Corvallis, Ore., South. Katz, Oregon State's quarterback, on Saturday returns to the Rose Bowl, where he and his family used to root for UCLA. Now? You could say they are all eager Beavers. "There are going to be quite a few family members and friends there, maybe 100," said Katz, a redshirt sophomore who graduated from Santa Monica High School.
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June 20, 2010 | Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of children manned a lemonade stand on a Santa Monica street corner Saturday morning, waving posters urging passersby to buy a beverage and a cookie and help "Save Our Teachers." A woman pulled up in an SUV, ordered five cookies and handed over a $100 bill. She told the youngsters to give her only $50 in change. The gesture, met with cheers and applause, gave a generous boost to Project Lemon-Aid — a fundraising initiative inspired by students and aimed at helping offset budget cuts to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
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June 2, 2010
Norm Lacy Championship coach in Santa Monica Norm Lacy, 56, who coached Santa Monica and St. Monica Catholic high schools to Southern Section football championships and was serving as the athletic director at Santa Monica, died Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio after suffering a heart attack while on vacation. Lacy coached St. Monica to a Southern Section football championship in 1998 and Santa Monica to a championship in 2001. He also coached wrestling and golf but gave up coaching in 2003 and continued as athletic director.
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November 24, 1991 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica schools Supt. Eugene Tucker, credited with improving teacher morale and strengthening teamwork in the district, is retiring to pursue a writing career. Tucker, 62, who served as superintendent of the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos before taking the Santa Monica position, announced his plans at Monday's school board meeting.
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October 14, 1990 | BARBARA KOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanted: Four hard workers to attend frequent meetings that tend to drag on for hours, formulate educational and administrative policies, handle complaints, visit schools, find money. $240/month. Serving as a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is a tough, mostly thankless job, but that hasn't deterred the six candidates who will be competing for the four open seats in the Nov. 6 election.
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March 8, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Neil Carrey has sometimes been critical of spending in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. But now, he says, the district has done nothing wrong -- it's just not getting enough money from the state. "This is not like the boy who cried wolf," he said. "This is real." As a result of anticipated budget shortfalls, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will ask voters -- by mail -- to support a parcel tax that could stave off teacher layoffs and maintain such classes as art and music.
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January 18, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
After the model plane Claire L. Walters built failed to fly, she piled all of her dolls into a wagon and pulled them through her Santa Ana neighborhood as she tried to sell them. She was 3 and longed for the cash to buy an airplane that would soar into the sky. By 1941, at age 17, she had flown solo and was on her way to fulfilling a goal first declared in grade school -- to become a pilot and teach others how to fly. Walters, who ran her flight school for 27 years in Santa Monica and co-founded the annual Palms to Pines Air Race for women, died Jan. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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