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December 10, 1993 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN and DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
First-grade teacher Diane Palmer walked hesitantly to the microphone at the front of the packed school auditorium. Five members of the school board, whose back-to-basics philosophy had already cut guidance and anti-drug programs, sat impassively on the stage as she begged them to abandon a plan to limit instruction to a board-approved curriculum. "We cannot restrict teachers this way," Palmer said. "I want to be a mind-stretcher, not a mind-stuffer. Please do not pass this policy.
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April 3, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The race for a Board of Education seat on the Westside has become the costliest Los Angeles school board election on record, with three candidates having raised more than $1.8 million before the primary, records show. The three--incumbent Valerie Fields, businesswoman Marlene Canter and real estate developer Matthew Rodman--are spending lavishly on mailers, television advertisements, banners and other publicity as the April 10 primary approaches.
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August 26, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The conservative majority of Orange Unified's Board of Education may seem an unlikely foursome to lead an educational crusade that their campaign literature promises will restore local control and family values to the long-troubled district. The current board president was arrested for trespassing during a protest at an abortion clinic and ran his 1993 election campaign with an electronic surveillance bracelet around his leg.
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August 26, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The conservative majority of Orange Unified's Board of Education may seem an unlikely foursome to lead an educational crusade that their campaign literature promises will restore local control and family values to the long-troubled district. The current board president was arrested for trespassing during a protest at an abortion clinic and ran his 1993 election campaign with an electronic surveillance bracelet around his leg.
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December 11, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When conservative parents objected to a discussion of AIDS in sixth-grade classes here two years ago, they triggered a rancorous battle that began over who should control the education of their children and quickly spread to such broader issues as civil rights protections for homosexuals. Once-sleepy school board meetings turned into jammed forums for angry exchanges over homosexuality and morals. Students demonstrated on behalf of teachers who were suspended for inviting lesbians to class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Little more than a year after sweeping into office as apostles of the "religious right's" growing political activism, Christian fundamentalists on San Diego County school boards are shaking up more than a dozen local school districts. Many of the new school board members have brought into heated debate longstanding policies such as counseling to pregnant teen-agers and the release of students for confidential medical appointments during school hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new political group that grew out of last year's bid to pass a school voucher initiative is helping to finance 30 candidates in 15 Orange County school board races this fall and creating the first-ever countywide network of conservative school board hopefuls. Financed mostly by two conservative longtime philanthropists, John Crean and Howard F. Ahmanson Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Weintraub earned her political stripes 15 years ago fighting for San Fernando Valley interests as the housewife-turned-leader of the anti-busing movement. But recently some have questioned if Weintraub, once a symbol of grass-roots politics, is still singing in political tune with the Valley. "A turncoat," said conservative school activist Barbara Romey of Weintraub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Friday, the same day she began officially representing the northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles school board President Leticia Quezada met with angry Valley PTSA leaders in a fence-mending session she billed as "a call for unity." But the parents saw it differently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD LESLEY WRIGHT and LORI HAYCOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly 400 candidates entered races for scores of city council and school board seats by Wednesday's filing deadline, although the final ballot makeup of one key race is being contested. Residents in 29 cities and 27 school districts will choose representatives on Nov. 5 in an election notable for the number of incumbents not seeking new terms. More than a dozen council members decided to step down this year, leaving no incumbents on the ballot in Westminster, Villa Park, Buena Park and Cypress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD LESLEY WRIGHT and LORI HAYCOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly 400 candidates entered races for scores of city council and school board seats by Wednesday's filing deadline, although the final ballot makeup of one key race is being contested. Residents in 29 cities and 27 school districts will choose representatives on Nov. 5 in an election notable for the number of incumbents not seeking new terms. More than a dozen council members decided to step down this year, leaving no incumbents on the ballot in Westminster, Villa Park, Buena Park and Cypress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new political group that grew out of last year's bid to pass a school voucher initiative is helping to finance 30 candidates in 15 Orange County school board races this fall and creating the first-ever countywide network of conservative school board hopefuls. Financed mostly by two conservative longtime philanthropists, John Crean and Howard F. Ahmanson Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volatile issues that have dominated local headlines for the past year likely will remain at the top of campaign agendas in school board elections this fall, as many activists in those issues have placed their names on the ballot. In the Ocean View School District, leaders of both sides of a fiery debate over the mainstreaming of disabled students have entered the ring. The leader of a recall movement in the Anaheim Union High School District is now running for the board.
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December 11, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When conservative parents objected to a discussion of AIDS in sixth-grade classes here two years ago, they triggered a rancorous battle that began over who should control the education of their children and quickly spread to such broader issues as civil rights protections for homosexuals. Once-sleepy school board meetings turned into jammed forums for angry exchanges over homosexuality and morals. Students demonstrated on behalf of teachers who were suspended for inviting lesbians to class.
NEWS
December 10, 1993 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN and DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
First-grade teacher Diane Palmer walked hesitantly to the microphone at the front of the packed school auditorium. Five members of the school board, whose back-to-basics philosophy had already cut guidance and anti-drug programs, sat impassively on the stage as she begged them to abandon a plan to limit instruction to a board-approved curriculum. "We cannot restrict teachers this way," Palmer said. "I want to be a mind-stretcher, not a mind-stuffer. Please do not pass this policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Weintraub earned her political stripes 15 years ago fighting for San Fernando Valley interests as the housewife-turned-leader of the anti-busing movement. But recently some have questioned if Weintraub, once a symbol of grass-roots politics, is still singing in political tune with the Valley. "A turncoat," said conservative school activist Barbara Romey of Weintraub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volatile issues that have dominated local headlines for the past year likely will remain at the top of campaign agendas in school board elections this fall, as many activists in those issues have placed their names on the ballot. In the Ocean View School District, leaders of both sides of a fiery debate over the mainstreaming of disabled students have entered the ring. The leader of a recall movement in the Anaheim Union High School District is now running for the board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The race for a Board of Education seat on the Westside has become the costliest Los Angeles school board election on record, with three candidates having raised more than $1.8 million before the primary, records show. The three--incumbent Valerie Fields, businesswoman Marlene Canter and real estate developer Matthew Rodman--are spending lavishly on mailers, television advertisements, banners and other publicity as the April 10 primary approaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Friday, the same day she began officially representing the northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles school board President Leticia Quezada met with angry Valley PTSA leaders in a fence-mending session she billed as "a call for unity." But the parents saw it differently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Little more than a year after sweeping into office as apostles of the "religious right's" growing political activism, Christian fundamentalists on San Diego County school boards are shaking up more than a dozen local school districts. Many of the new school board members have brought into heated debate longstanding policies such as counseling to pregnant teen-agers and the release of students for confidential medical appointments during school hours.
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