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July 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Arcadia Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education have reached an agreement to end an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student, officials said Wednesday. The resolution, which the Arcadia school board passed unanimously Tuesday, closes an investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights into whether the district prohibited a student, who was born female but identifies as a male, from accessing boys restrooms and locker rooms because he is transgender.
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NATIONAL
July 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
One Long Island, N.Y., school district suggests its students read "The Great Gypsy" this summer, along with classics by George Ornell and Emily Bonte.  Except that book is “The Great Gatsby," and those authors, of course, are George Orwell and Emily Bronte -- a few examples of more than 30 spelling errors found on a summer reading list  from the Hempstead Union Free School District. The list also misspells the names of David McCullough, Louis Sachar and Frederick Douglass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands school district officials waited six weeks to tell police about allegations of a sexual relationship between a teenage student and a teacher who later gave birth to his baby, according to court records. The Redlands Police Department said in a search warrant that school officials appeared to ignore state law, which requires educators to immediately report abuse allegations to authorities. The teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, was charged Monday with multiple sex crimes involving three boys who were her students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
In his 40-year career in education, Don Brann has led districts big and small, created a chain of charter schools and revitalized faltering school systems. But he has never come across a district in such dire straits as his next challenge - Inglewood Unified School District. "I don't think anyone has," he said. "This is an extraordinary situation. " Last week Brann took the helm of the financially troubled school system - one that has been taken over by the state, must bridge a massive deficit and prepare to begin paying back a $55-million state loan, while also staving off plummeting enrollment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The family of a teenage girl sexually abused by a Chino Hills High School science teacher even after officials learned of inappropriate emails between them has been awarded $5.6 million by a jury. The Chino Valley Unified School District was ordered to pay 60% of the verdict handed down Tuesday by a Rancho Cucamonga jury, and the former teacher, John Hirsch, who is now a convicted sex offender, must pay the remainder. "The jury was outraged at the school district's conduct. This could have been easily prevented if the school had chosen to protect the student, instead of protecting the teacher," said attorney David Ring, who represented the girl's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The Long Beach Unified School District has won a $2.6-million judgment in its lawsuit against a former student who falsely accused classmate and football player Brian Banks of rape, officials said Thursday. "The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case," district Supt. Christopher J. Steinhauser said in a statement. "This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law. " The Los Angeles County Superior Court judgment handed down June 17 includes the $750,000 settlement the district had originally paid to Wanetta Gibson, as well as interest, attorney fees and $1 million in punitive damages.
OPINION
June 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Approved by voters in November, Proposition 39 is expected to raise close to $1 billion a year by eliminating a tax break enjoyed by some multistate businesses. The money, however, comes with a significant string attached: For the first five years, half of it must be spent on projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to direct next year's allotment exclusively to public schools and community colleges, which isn't a bad idea. But he's doing it in a way that violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Los Alamitos Unified School District is scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on a proposed plan to increase athletic facility fees, including controversial rental rates based on the number of people using a sports field. Dubbed as a capital improvement plan, district officials say the new fees will help generate funds for large-scale projects and major repairs to the fields. But critics argue that the plan is costly -- as much as a 600% increase in some cases -- and it would affect mostly youth sports programs, which rent the softball and fields for games.
OPINION
May 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Garcetti or Greuel? No, it's not the grim menu choice at some tony Malibu spa; it's the question before Los Angeles voters on Tuesday as they determine who will lead the city as mayor for the next four, and possibly eight, years. Many will no doubt be tempted to sit this one out. Voters show up at the polls when they are convinced that the election will make a difference in their lives, and in this campaign, the candidates have done little to differentiate themselves or to demonstrate why the city would be better off with them than without them in charge.
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May 13, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
A group of parents and students have filed a federal lawsuit against the Compton school district alleging a pattern of abuse and racial profiling of Latinos by school police. One family alleged that school police targeted a student's father for arrest and deliberately got him deported to Mexico after he filed a complaint against an officer. In another incident, school officers allegedly beat, pepper sprayed and used a chokehold on a bystander who was taking video of an arrest on his iPod, and erased cellphone videos taken by students.
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