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February 26, 2014
Re "Some libraries too quiet," Feb. 24 Imagine a city where at every school there is a fully staffed library bustling with students throughout the day. Imagine even extending the school library's hours so students, staff and parents can make use of it beyond the school day. Monica Ratliff, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education, is correct to lead an exploration of what has happened to L.A.'s school libraries....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Jean Merl
A onetime aide to former Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)  said he is going to try to unseat the man who defeated his boss in a bitter 2012 election. But this is no grudge match, activist Marc Litchman said Thursday.  His main goal  in challenging Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) this year is to improve public education.  And his biggest target is the nation's second-largest school district. "Elect me to Congress and the first bill I introduce will be to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District," Litchman said in a statement Wednesday announcing his candidacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Deepening the intrigue in a cheating scandal that has shaken one of the state's top schools, an administrator for a coastal Orange County school district resigned Wednesday after excoriating officials for their handling of the case. Eleven students were expelled last week from high-achieving Corona del Mar High School amid allegations that they were involved in a scheme to hack into the district's computer system to change grades and access exams. Jane Garland, the administrator who was deeply involved in the case for months as Newport-Mesa Unified School District's head of discipline, said the district badly fumbled the investigation and ignored her recommendations to give the students a lighter punishment or heed warnings that the problem might be more far-reaching.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
The savory smell of nutmeg and cinnamon wafts through the Azusa bakery, where dozens of workers in blue gloves and hairnets cook up L.A. Unified's newest star product. The "Glorious Morning" muffin is chewy and moist, packed with whole wheat, raisins and carrots - along with flaxseed for heart health and brain development. The muffin is good for children but also for the bakery's business. The Los Angeles Unified School District's order with Buena Vista Food Products Inc. to bake 4 million servings of muffins, coffeecake and corn bread every month has doubled the firm's business and created 100 jobs this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The ABC Unified School District in Cerritos has become the latest jurisdiction to switch election systems in the face of lawsuits alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act. The district's board voted Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought against it and to implement a new election system. The settlement was announced Wednesday in separate news releases by the district and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, which brought the suit on behalf of Latino residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The latest developments in the debate over Coachella Valley High School's mascot, the Arab, will be announced Tuesday at a news conference with the district and a civil-rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recently urged the district to eliminate the mascot - a man with a large nose and heavy beard wearing a kaffiyeh, a traditional Arab head covering - saying the school is perpetuating demeaning stereotypes. After a special board meeting, the Coachella Valley School District announced the school will keep the “Arab” name, but will discuss revisions to the mascot with the group, the Desert Sun reported . “(Changing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Two high school football coaches and a teacher are each being suspended for two days without pay after posting pictures on Facebook showing themselves wearing blackface and costumes meant to mimic the famed Jamaican bobsled team, school officials announced Friday. Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, announced the suspensions flanked by officials from the local chapter of the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League. Marten said the three have "expressed a deep sense of remorse" and added that they have said they will not contest the suspensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times education reporter Howard Blume about the latest with L.A. schools chief John Deasy . On Tuesday, L.A. Unified's legal counsel announced Deasy will continue to lead the nation's second-largest school district through June 2016, ending days of speculation about his future. Deasy, 52, received a satisfactory evaluation from the L.A. Unified Board of Education during a nearly five-hour, closed-door meeting. Last week, he told some high-level district officials he would resign amid reports he was frustrated by a new school board majority that challenged his policies and philosophy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | Steve Lopez
The playground at Berendo Middle School, just west of downtown Los Angeles, looks more like the surface of an aircraft carrier than a playground. There's virtually nothing but blacktop for the roughly 1,300 students to play on - acres and acres of sun-baked tar that heats up in summer and gets slippery when it rains. And that's why there's so much enthusiasm for a beautification plan that aims to transform a corner of the campus into an oasis that would be enjoyed not just by students, but the whole community.
OPINION
October 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Segregating young children for whom English is a new language according to their fluency levels produces the best academic results, according to most research. So the Los Angeles Unified School District has little choice in the matter. As a result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education, which had accused the district of doing poorly by its English learners, the district was required to submit an evidence-based plan for improvement, and that plan calls for sorting the students by English skills.
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