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September 26, 1985
Joseph P. Zeronian, deputy superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District and one-time acting superintendent, will leave the district Oct. 11 to enter private business. He will become vice president in charge of public finance for Prudential-Bache Securities in Los Angeles. Zeronian's departure is expected to have a major impact on the administration of the district, where he has held key positions for more than a decade. Supt. Phillip B.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted. The report, which has not been released publicly, raises issues about the handling of the bidding process, according to L.A. Unified School District officials who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss it. Apple's iPad was selected in June as the device to be provided to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1995 | DANICA KIRKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was the light fixtures that turned off the Castaic school district trustees. Since September 1994, they have been trying to secure millions of dollars in federal earthquake-mitigation funds to move the 638-student Castaic Elementary School, which sits in the shadow of the dam that holds back half-mile-long Castaic Lake and is bordered by high-voltage power lines and oil pipelines to boot. The paperwork pace has been maddeningly slow, board members say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles school officials on Monday urged parents whose children attend chronically underperforming schools to apply for free tutoring in math and English, which begins in November. The Los Angeles Unified School District mailed applications earlier this month to 186,000 students, from 104 schools, who are eligible for the extra assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992 | RICHARD CORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Worried that they could be liable for students falling into trances and being harmed, three North County school districts have banned performances by hypnotists at school assemblies and other functions. Trustees of the Carlsbad Unified School District late Wednesday adopted a policy prohibiting hypnosis demonstrations in response to an incident in March when 14-year-old Tiffany Smith went into a trance while watching a hypnotist perform at Carlsbad High School.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
School officials, send your sexy emails from home. Nancy Sebring was a promising superintendent in the Des Moines Public Schools who, like many other superintendents , was hopping to the next job. In her case, she was to lead the Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska. But after reporters dug up explicit emails that she had sent to a lover from her work account and had tried to cover up, both school districts have been embroiled in controversy. You might consider this an anatomy of a hiring catastrophe.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A bill that aims to ban ethnic studies in Arizona schools was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer, cheering critics who called such classes divisive and alarming others who said it's yet another law targeting Latinos in the state. The move comes less than 20 days after Brewer signed a controversial immigration bill that has caused widespread protests against the state. The governor's press office did not return requests for comment Tuesday evening. HB 2281 bans schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals.
NEWS
November 7, 1996
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a: dagger (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in bold type. North Orange County Community College District 100% Precincts Reporting: Votes (%) Trustee Area 1 2 Elected Leonard L. Lahtinen *: 98,142 (40.5) Cynthia P. Coad *: 93,349 (38.6) J. Carolan Smyth: 50,645 (20.9) Trustee Area 3 Nancy C. Rice *: 100,524 (60.2) Craig H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
An increasing number of California school districts are edging closer to financial insolvency, state officials reported Tuesday. One immediate effect has been teacher layoffs — probably in the thousands, although neither state officials nor the California Teachers Assn. have final numbers. Since the beginning of 2010, the number of school systems that may be "unable to meet future financial obligations" has increased by 38%, according to the state Department of Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials and the teachers union have settled a landmark lawsuit over schools that were disproportionately affected by layoffs. Under the agreement, 37 schools will receive more counselors, more administrators and more training for teachers. Principals and mentor teachers also will receive financial incentives to remain at these campuses in predominantly low-income and minority areas. “The youth in greatest peril at these schools will benefit tremendously from the additional administrative and teacher support provided under this program,” said L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy in a statement.  But what will not change are the rules for laying off teachers when budget cuts or other factors cause a reduction in staff.
OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "Pay for schools leader draws scrutiny," April 1 Supt. Jose Fernandez of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, which has just 6,600 students, earned about $675,000 last year. Hired in 2008 to direct a dysfunctional and demoralized district, Fernandez claims that his leadership took the district from worst to OK. The district still suffers from chronic absenteeism. Student achievement is shamefully low, bottoming out among the roughly 80 districts in Los Angeles County, yet it has more administrators per student than districts of a similar size.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Howard Blume
New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina oversees more than a million students, 1,700 schools and a budget the size of many states. Her pay: $412,193. Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy has half a million students, 1,000-plus schools, a $7-billion budget - and made $393,106 last year. Supt. Jose Fernandez's South Bay school district has just 6,600 students, five high schools and a $70-million budget. His earnings: $674,559 last year. "I don't know of anybody, in any major city, who makes anything close to that, even with extra bonuses or compensation," said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014
A sample of what L.A. County superintendents were paid in 2013 and the district enrollment: Jose Fernandez Centinela Valley $674,559; 6,637 John Deasy Los Angeles $393,106; 655,494 Gary W. Woods Beverly Hills $255,000; 4,515 Christopher Steinhauser Long Beach $251,155; 82,256 Cynthia Parulan-Colfer Hacienda La Puente $189,423; 20,358 Sources: state, county and district...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Beverly Hills Unified School District released Wednesday the final report by a law firm hired to probe a summer sports camp for high school athletes that was run by the principal. The review came in response to articles in The Times last year that found that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, which was held on campus, was operated by Principal Carter Paysinger and two school employees. The Board of Education requested a review of the sports program after parents raised concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2009 | Seema Mehta
The state is taking over a Monterey County school district that was facing bankruptcy and lending it $13 million, state officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed emergency legislation authorizing the loan to the King City Joint Union High School District. A state takeover is required by law once such a loan is granted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials rejected a bid Tuesday from several Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district hoping to consolidate elections and avoid the kind of voting rights lawsuits that other local governments have been hit with. The measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining. County election officials  opposed the change, arguing that shifting the districts to November even-year elections would exceed their ability to conduct elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Warning that truancy has reached a crisis level in California elementary schools, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and half a dozen lawmakers proposed a raft of bills Monday aimed at keeping kids in school. Harris said 30% of elementary school students were truant in the 2012-13 school year. "California's Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis," Harris said. "When children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up. " A child is considered truant after missing school or being tardy by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state's current levels of school funding are unconstitutional, and ordered the Legislature to provide for “equitable funding for education” by July 1. The long-anticipated ruling was a victory for education advocates in the state, but it may be a short-lived one as the Legislature has vowed to defy court orders on the subject. The Kansas Legislature began reducing school funding in 2009 during the recession. As part of this reduction, lawmakers began to reduce and withhold payments of state aid, making poorer school districts scramble for adequate funding.
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