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November 2, 1999
"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards."--Mark Twain. MICHAEL BREWSTER Venice
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
November 9, 1986 | NEAL R. PEIRCE, Neal R. Peirce writes for the National Journal.
The darkest island of American governance may be the local school board. Why do we need it? With the states involved in an unprecedented wave of school reforms, are the local boards facilitators or enemies of change? There are 15,000 such boards with no less than 97,000 elected members. But rarely does anyone subject them to a tough national look. Now comes the first big study of school boards in memory.
April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office - he can't even vote. Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other students see as the board's fundamental flaw: It is missing a voice it purports to represent. "We should have representation where the decisions affecting our education are made," the 17-year-old said. "The school board. " The board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow a student advisory member on the board.
October 31, 1985
The season is timely for noticing how many school board races are in motion, and what is being talked about by the candidates. I'm sure that readers want to count the candidates according to how they are grouped on issues. It is easy to see that money and budgetary problems are prevalent everywhere in valley school districts. The candidates in the Claremont School Distict race at a meeting of the League of Women Voters Forum presented a solid block in favor of launching a statewide initiative to be placed upon next year's ballot.
December 20, 1993
In response to "School Boards Become the Religious Right's New Pulpit," Dec. 10: Why do your "journalists" always want to pick on the "religious right." When are you going to publish the facts about the religious and political agenda of the National Education Assn., Planned Parenthood, the radical gay "rights" movement, the religious left, or the ACLU? These anti-Christian bigots have been running "stealth" candidates for decades, but the press hardly ever prints anything negative about these groups.
December 8, 1985
Honig recently expressed concern about union control of school board members. This concern is punctuated by the recent action of the Westminster Teachers Assn. The association is circulating a petition that would force a special election, thereby voiding the recent appointment made by the board of trustees. The board appointed Curtis Jones, the fourth-highest vote-getter in the Nov. 5 election--three members were elected to the board. The association alleges that the board acted irresponsibly and contrary to voter opinion in making the appointment.
June 28, 1991
Joe Mark, a trustee for six years on the Hermosa Beach elementary school board and the father of two teen-agers, has resigned to become a trustee on the South Bay Union High School District board. Mark's appointment, which expires in November, was approved unanimously last week by the five-member high school board. He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of high school Trustee Bill Beverly to the El Camino College Board.
December 28, 1997
As president of the Orange County Board of Education, I initiated and signed our board resolution proclaiming January as Orange County School Board Recognition Month. To honor our 147 locally elected members of the county's 28 K-12 boards of education in this manner is to recognize them for their dedication to quality education for almost half a million children attending our schools every day. Their responsibility is awesome. From establishing attendance areas to zoological field trip provisions, from budget development to policy setting, transportation and the school lunch program, the challenges of myriad meetings until all hours throughout their four-year terms appear to be prelude to sainthood and deserving of our appreciation.
February 11, 1997 | BILL BILLITER
Citing a schedule conflict, Cypress school board member Rick Gaede has resigned. District Supt. William Eller said Gaede's departure leaves a vacancy on the five-person panel that may be filled either by special election or by appointment by the other four members. Eller said he will present those options to the board Thursday. Gaede, a hotel industry executive, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board in 1995. He was elected in November to a full four-year term.
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Jackson came seemingly from nowhere to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, a young newcomer running as a champion of parents and the "problem children" he knew growing up in the city's historically black Western Addition. He disappeared from public prominence years ago after a troubled tenure on the board and for well over a decade earned a comfortable if unassuming living as a niche player in local politics, representing candidates and corporate interests before San Francisco's hard-pressed African American community.
March 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Genethia Hudley-Hayes is a contender to return to the Los Angeles Board of Education seat she formerly held and can claim many accomplishments. But an MBA that can't be verified has magnified other resume problems, including an inaccurate description of an honorary doctorate. These issues have become fodder for an opponent, undermining a long record of public service. On her resume, Hudley-Hayes lists an MBA with emphasis on nonprofit management from a joint program of San Jose State and the Los Angeles-based Center for Nonprofit Management.
March 13, 2014 | Howard Blume
Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. John Deasy has a newly modified contract that includes an annual buyout of unused vacation days and new performance measures that require him to bring in revenue and enroll more students. He will also pay his own pension deduction for the first time, a cost offset by an increase of $20,000 to his annual salary. The amended pact, approved by the Board of Education last week after private discussions, offers the latest evidence of a board that is exerting more control over the direction of the nation's second-largest school system.
February 19, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Thirteen candidates are seeking spots on the ballot for a June special election to fill the Los Angeles school board seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. The deadline for candidates to file their declaration of intent passed Tuesday evening with a diverse group joining the crowded race  -- including veteran educators, parents, political aides and a reality television personality. District 1, which stretches across a wide swath of south and southwest Los Angeles, has long been held by an African American.
February 12, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A former board member with a Newport Beach-based charter school nonprofit is being accused of stealing $750,000 that he promised to invest on behalf of the organization, according to charges filed by the Orange County district attorney's office. The alleged theft would be the largest from a California charter school outfit, the district attorney's office announced Tuesday. Jeremy Landau, 43, joined the board of California Virtual Education Partners in May, and in June he allegedly asked to invest taxpayer money for the organization, which operates five online charter schools, the Daily Pilot reported . He allegedly convinced enough board members to support his idea by promising a speedy $3-million return.
February 11, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A proposal to appoint a caretaker to a vacant Los Angeles Board of Education seat failed Tuesday when a majority of the remaining trustees refused to support it. The decision means that the office formerly held by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December, will remain unfilled until the results of a special election . Balloting is scheduled for a primary in June; a runoff election, if necessary, would be held in August. LaMotte had represented District 1, which stretches across much of South and Southwest Los Angeles.
February 5, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles Board of Education committee charged with developing a process to appoint a caretaker for the vacant District 1 seat will be unable to fill the post with a voting member. The  meeting at district headquarters downtown Tuesday evening was chaired by board member Steve Zimmer, who asserted that he would prefer an appointee to have full voting powers. General Counsel David Holmquist said that under the law, however, because the board called a special election, no appointee could cast a binding vote.
February 4, 2014 | By KTLA
A former Rialto School Board president was arrested at his home Tuesday after authorities allegedly discovered child pornography on his home computer. Daniel Lee Mays, 65, was taken into custody after bringing his computer to a repair shop where a technician allegedly discovered the child pornography. “The children appear to be between 5 and 12 years old,” said Rialto police Sgt. Richard Royce. A search of Mays' home uncovered additional images of child porn on hard drives and computer discs, Royce said.
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