CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown will push this year to upend the way schools are funded in California, hoping to shift more money to poorer districts and end requirements that billions of dollars be spent on particular programs. Brown said he wants more of the state's dollars to benefit low-income and non-English-speaking students, who typically are more expensive to educate. "The reality is, in some places students don't enjoy the same opportunities that people have in other places," the governor said in an interview.
December 18, 2012 |
Richard and Margarita Rosiak's two little girls woke up Tuesday with an unusual request for how the family from Downey, Calif., should spend their last day of vacation in New York City: They wanted to go to Newtown, Conn., to pay tribute to the 20 children killed in last week's elementary school rampage. "They got up really really early and said, 'Let's go up there and write something and say a prayer,'" said Richard Rosiak, an attorney, as he stood outside St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in central Newtown, about a 90-minute drive from the family's hotel in midtown Manhattan.
December 18, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Amid increased security, schools reopened here on Tuesday as this town searched for a road back to normality after last week's massacre at a local elementary school. Funerals for the 20 first-graders and six adults killed Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School will continue throughout the week. Two children were buried on Monday amid the cold and rain and two more funerals are scheduled for Tuesday. Sandy Hook remained closed, however, and will likely be shuttered for months as authorities continue their investigation into the shooting spree by Adam Lanza, 20, who killed himself after invading the school, opening fire on students and staff and then turning a gun on himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 |
John Greenwood, a political moderate who headed the Los Angeles Board of Education in the mid-1980s and later served as president of the Southern California branch of the nonprofit Coro organization, has died. He was 67. Greenwood died of a heart attack Oct. 11 in San Pedro, where he and his family had lived for many years, said his sister-in-law Peg Greenwood. First elected to the school board in 1979, Greenwood saw his eight-year tenure begin at a time of deep contention among trustees and in the sprawling district over court-ordered mandatory school busing for integration, which had been launched the previous year.
August 27, 2012 |
Gulf Coast officials attempted to calm the region's residents on Monday, particularly in New Orleans, stressing that they're prepared for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm, expected to become a Category 1 or 2 hurricane, is on track to hit that city on or near the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival. "That brings a high level of anxiety," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a Monday news conference, adding that the storm has been "bringing back emotions I never thought I'd feel,” reminding him and others of “the worst day in our immediate history.” “That's why we want to give a lot of information and make people as comfortable as possible," Landrieu said, reeling off a list of storms and other disasters that have rocked the Crescent City in recent years: Katrina, Ike, Gustav, the BP oil spill.
April 13, 2012 |
A tornado touched down in Norman, Okla., Friday afternoon, blowing out windows at the town's high school and knocking down power lines, as the area braced for severe weather over the next two days. Reports of structural damage were received less than an hour after the tornado touched down at 4 p.m. Central, said meteorologist Rick Smith with the National Weather Service. Emergency management teams were responding, though none of the damage was listed as serious, Smith told The Times.