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July 22, 1988
Davis is right on target regarding the glut of school administrators at the expense of overcrowded classrooms. We recently organized a parents community group in La Puente because the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District cut teaching positions and other instructional services, leaving intact a district office top-heavy with non-teaching administrative personnel. We have also learned that district administrators receive, in addition to high salaries, fringe benefits such as cars, car insurance, gasoline, car maintenance and repairs, a tax-shelter stipend, travel and conference expenses, as well as a $25,000 life insurance policy, all paid by our hard-earned tax dollars.
April 18, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A former Alhambra school administrator pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual abuse charges that were filed after a former student went public with her accusations and uploaded a recorded phone confrontation with the woman to YouTube. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, former vice principal at Alhambra High School, resigned in January after the video posted by former student Jamie Carillo went viral. Soon after, another woman came forth with her own sexual abuse allegations involving Cardosa.
September 9, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Lincoln Education Center supervisor Gayle Forgey has been elected president of the 131-member Garden Grove School Administrators Assn. for the year. The Irvine resident began her district career as an elementary schoolteacher in 1965 and was named supervisor of the adult education Lincoln Center 17 years ago. The association serves the administrative and management personnel in the school district.
March 27, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
When children don't conform to stereotypical gender assumptions, is it ever appropriate to punish them? This month, 9-year-old Grayson Bruce of North Carolina was told to leave his My Little Pony backpack at home because it was a “trigger for bullying.” To which his mother said: “Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It's flawed logic.” And last month, 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle in Virginia was told to stop dressing like a boy or she would not be able stay at her Christian school.
March 16, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
Six Valley principals, assistant principals and administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been chosen to receive Administrator of the Year Awards, it was announced Monday. The awards, presented by the Assn. of California School Administrators, recognize outstanding contributions to the public education system, said Allan J. Weiner, association president and assistant principal at Cleveland High School. Those honored "have improved their schools or . . .
A group of Covina high school students who publish an underground newspaper critical of school policies say teachers and administrators are harassing them and destroying their copies. Debate over the the newspaper, The Norseman's Hammer, has polarized students and teachers at the suburban San Gabriel Valley school.
July 21, 2006
Jane Russo, a top city schools administrator, is now interim superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, trustees announced Thursday. Russo, currently a deputy superintendent, takes over Aug. 1 from Supt. Al Mijares, who is ending a 12-year tenure to become vice president of the College Board's western region.
A high-level administrator with the Los Angeles Unified School District was shot and wounded by a masked gunman who confronted him in the garage of the district's downtown headquarters Monday morning and shouted his name before firing, authorities said. Jim Samples, the district's 47-year-old maintenance director, was pierced through the midsection by a bullet as he returned to his truck about 11:30 a.m., district officials reported.
March 19, 1986 | Bill Billiter
The impact of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) on public schools will be among the discussion items this weekend during a convention of the Assn. of California School Administrators. The statewide meeting opens Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center and continues through Monday. About 2,000 school superintendents, principals, school board members and other officials are scheduled to attend the conference. The session on AIDS will be among the opening events at 1:30 p.m.
Officials of the Tustin Unified School District have made a number of administrative changes for the coming school year, which begins this week. The changes come on the heels of the appointment of Dr. David Andrews, who took over as superintendent of the district last year. He succeeded Maury Ross, who left after a number of differences with the district's trustees.
March 10, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to get involved in a Pennsylvania case over whether students can wear a bracelet saying “I (heart) Boobies!” as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. By refusing to consider the case, the nation's top court left in place a lower appeals court decision striking down a ban on the bracelets imposed by Easton Area School District, which argued that the bracelets were lewd. “The First Amendment protects schools as a space where students are free to discuss important issues like breast cancer and talk about their bodies in positive terms,” stated Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which represented the students.
March 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Police quashed a demonstration Wednesday at Inglewood High School after hundreds of students attempted to walk out of their classrooms in protest of school administrators, authorities said. Dozens of officers responded to a disturbance call from the school at 231 S. Grevillea Ave. about 1 p.m., Inglewood Police Lt. Jacqueline Layne said. KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported the students were upset over a news report that the financially troubled Inglewood Unified School District recently sent principals and administrators to a retreat at a luxury hotel in La Jolla at a cost of more than $38,000.
February 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Riverside County prosecutors filed felony charges Monday against a former teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students, one of whom made her accusations public in a video posted on YouTube. A $5-million warrant has been issued for the arrest of 40-year-old Andrea Michelle Cardosa, the Riverside County district attorney's office said. Cardosa has been charged with 16 counts related to aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, officials said.
January 23, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former Alhambra vice principal made by a former student who secretly recorded what she presented as a telephone confrontation with the educator and posted the video on YouTube. The case has generated wide attention because the video went viral, racking up more than 1 million views since last Friday. Andrea Cardosa, 40, resigned from her post at Alhambra High School last Friday, a few hours after the video went live and someone forwarded it to school administrators.
November 10, 2013
Re "Charter upsets residents around campus," Nov. 4 It may be difficult to live near a school, but residents should be aware of that when they move in. If drivers are parking illegally and blocking driveways, that must be fixed. However, I have not witnessed any disturbing behavior by drivers when I pick up my granddaughter each Thursday at Citizens of the World Charter School. In fact, the opposite is true. There is a great deal of respect for all people at the school. Citizens of the World is an excellent institution.
September 20, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song
The president of Occidental College this week made an emotional plea for support to some 60 faculty members, saying his administration was "shell shocked" by criticism over its handling of student sexual assault allegations. Speaking for 20 minutes without taking questions, President Jonathan Veitch pleaded for reconciliation on campus, saying the controversy had taken a toll "on my health and my soul," according to several people who attended the meeting. He mentioned that his five-year contract was up for renewal, which suggested to some that he needed the faculty's backing.
September 8, 2013
Re "Dressing down school dress codes," Opinion, Sept. 5 Law professor Ruthann Robson opines that a dress code focusing on "the number of inches between the hem of a skirt and top of a knee" tends to "divert attention from substantive learning. " Having raised five sons through adolescence, I submit an immutable correlation: The higher the hemlines of female high school students' skirts, the less attention nearby males pay to their studies. On-the-ground school administrators seem better positioned than ivory-tower judges to make sensible decisions about students' attire.
September 8, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents at Pacific Oaks Children's School, a highly desired private preschool in Pasadena, were caught off guard last week by an announcement made only days before school opened. Their children no longer had seats. School officials said they learned in May that the leafy, progressive campus had been operating for years over its licensed capacity. Enrollment last school year reached about 140 children; the school was licensed for 77. Officials applied to the state Department of Social Services to increase the capacity in July but were denied.
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