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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Providing Apple iPads to Los Angeles students will cost nearly $100 more apiece — or $770 per tablet, a new school district budget shows. This potential sticker shock can be avoided, but only after the L.A. Unified School District has spent at least $400 million for the devices. In other words, the district would have to buy nearly 520,000 iPads before getting lower prices. Officials did not answer questions Monday about how much the district would then spend on the remaining tablets.
October 7, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a forum for Los Angeles Unified officials to promote the school district's ambitious plan to equip every student with an iPad. But the first question on the televised call-in program last week had nothing to do with tablet computers. Why doesn't the district train students in career skills, like machine shop, anymore, the caller wanted to know. It didn't get much better as the hour wore on. Callers concerned about bond money, board politics and school district priorities didn't give Supt.
September 29, 2013
A small Monterey County school district has come up with what it considers a novel approach to paying for classroom technology: voter-approved, short-term bonds. Taxpayers in the Pacific Grove Unified School District will be asked in November to pay for the technology - such as tablets for students and teachers - with a $28-million bond strictly designed for such uses. The money would be spent in intervals over time, such as every three to five years. The idea is to create a funding stream to replace worn or obsolete technology as needed.
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