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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Ventura College basketball coach Glen Hefferman has sued the community college district, claiming that officials deceived him when he was hired by failing to mention the team was under investigation for recruiting violations. Hefferman left a coaching position at another state college last year to take over the once-powerful men's basketball program, which claimed two state titles in 1995 and 1996.
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March 6, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
A rash of suicides by gay teens in suburban Minnesota has thrust the Anoka-Hennepin School District into the national debate over anti-gay bullying. The school board voted this week to settle a federal lawsuit, concluding a Department of Justice civil rights inquiry that began in late 2010. The district will pay $270,000 to six student plaintiffs who accused the district of creating a hostile, anti-gay environment. Filed last summer, the suit accused school officials of not doing enough to protect gay students, or students perceived to be gay, from bullying.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1995
Federal officials are investigating employment practices and bilingual programs in Burbank public schools to determine if parents of minority children and potential job applicants were victims of racial discrimination. The Burbank Human Relations Council said Thursday that the federal action stemmed from two complaints it filed last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A southern Orange County school district has settled a lawsuit that alleged its trustees violated the state's open-meetings law by gathering behind closed doors to discuss ways to silence a critic.
NEWS
October 26, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Hemet Unified School District was sued Tuesday for using three sex education programs that promote premarital abstinence. Critics say they violate state curriculum guidelines and are inaccurate, biased and distorted. The lawsuit on behalf of a group of Hemet parents is believed to be the first in California targeting the use of the controversial sex education programs known as Sex Respect, Teen-Aid and Choosing the Best.
NEWS
July 24, 1995 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After he flunked every course from gym to math in his first year of high school, Jeremy Wartenberg--and his parents--squared off with the Capistrano Unified School District over how much one-on-one attention the special education student should receive. The Wartenbergs maintained that Jeremy's troubles stemmed from attention deficit disorder, a learning disability for which he has taken medicine since infancy.
NEWS
October 8, 1996 | Associated Press
A 14-year-old girl expelled for giving a Midol tablet to a classmate will be allowed to return to school today after the school board voted to cut her expulsion to three days. Kimberly Smartt, an eighth-grader at Baker Junior High School, had filed a federal lawsuit Monday claiming she was punished because she is black. "You should not treat students this way for something as minute and as small as a Midol tablet," said Carl Lewis, the girl's lawyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1994 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A black school employee who was compared in a yearbook to Buckwheat--the character from the "Our Gang" comedies of the 1930s--filed suit over the reference, contending that it has caused him "mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering." The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Lancaster on behalf of George Jenkins, seeks unspecified damages from the Antelope Valley Union High School District and James Gardner, faculty adviser for the Palmdale High School "Falcon" yearbook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Lompoc Unified School District has been sued for allowing a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl to sit all day in a school bus. The parents of Tiffany Dela Cruz allege negligence in the May 17, 2000, incident and seek unspecified damages. The suit charges that the bus picked up the girl to take her to Lompoc Middle School, but officials failed to get her off the bus and she sat in the locked vehicle for seven hours in the hot sun without food, water, medication or bathroom facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
A development group that lost out to a higher bidder to construct a downtown high school filed suit Thursday against the Los Angeles Unified School District, seeking $5.7 million in damages. The firm, California Partnerships, had teamed up with developer Goldrich, Kest & Associates to propose plans for the high school, which is under construction near Temple Street and Beaudry Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed Friday to pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit in which a former student claimed he was beaten on the campus of Locke High School as a security guard looked on. Gerardo Perea, who claimed he suffered eye damage and required surgery after the April 2001 attack, was seeking as much as $600,000 in damages, but agreed to the settlement after a brief hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, said school district attorney W. Keith Wyatt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old Agoura Hills student who was named on the Internet as the "ugliest girl" at her school has sued Las Virgenes Unified School District, claiming officials did nothing to stop "the escalating pattern of sexual harassment" by other students. Sophomore Alison Goller quit Agoura High School after "the taunting became unbearable," according to the lawsuit. Alison was teased at first about her appearance, then accused of promiscuity, the suit alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2001 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park woman has sued the local school district, alleging that her vision-impaired son, then a kindergartner, was injured after a school bus driver dropped him off at a stop with no supervision. Allen Collins suffered severe cuts to his face when he ran or was pushed into a sagging chain-link fence near the school bus stop in the 5800 block of Burnham Avenue on April 6, said Patrick Saboorian, the family's attorney. "He could not see the fence," Saboorian said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena school officials have been ordered by a judge to halt the collection of fees for extracurricular activities and have tentatively agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by reimbursing students who paid the fees the last three years. Attorneys for both the Pasadena Unified School District and three parents, who filed the lawsuit challenging the fees as unconstitutional, agreed to the order issued Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Kough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a Santana High School freshman slain during a campus shooting in March has filed a legal claim against the school district. Citing the "irreplaceable loss of a son, brother and grandchild," relatives of 14-year-old Bryan Zuckor seek unspecified compensation from the Grossmont Union High School District. The amount sought is listed as "the maximum allowed" under district insurance policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Lompoc Unified School District has been sued for allowing a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl to sit all day in a school bus. The parents of Tiffany Dela Cruz allege negligence in the May 17, 2000, incident and seek unspecified damages. The suit charges that the bus picked up the girl to take her to Lompoc Middle School, but officials failed to get her off the bus and she sat in the locked vehicle for seven hours in the hot sun without food, water, medication or bathroom facilities.
NEWS
October 8, 1996 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback for women's rights leaders, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that shields school districts from being sued for failing to halt the sexual harassment of one student by another. Altogether, the justices, meeting on the first day of the fall term, turned away appeals in more than 1,500 cases that had piled up over the summer. The court's refusal to intervene in the Texas case leaves the law in flux in the fast-evolving area of sexual harassment in the schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | ED BOND
A group of private citizens have organized a fund to aid former Burbank high school principal Keiko Hentell in her discrimination suit against the Burbank Unified School District. "We don't take any position other than the fact that we believe in and support Keiko Hentell," said Christopher Spencer, president of the Dreams to Reality Foundation in Burbank, which hopes to raise $10,000 to help pay Hentell's lawyer and court costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001 | TED SHAFFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former Beverly Hills school superintendent who was fired after he allegedly abused a district credit card has collected a $159,000 settlement in a lawsuit against the district. In his lawsuit, Robert Pellicone, 53, alleged that the district had breached its contract with him and discriminated against him because he is gay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A site for a proposed elementary school has Whittier residents and officials debating an increasingly common public policy question: Is it safe to build a new school here? Residents are suing the Whittier City School District to block construction of a $16-million campus in a controversy expected to last well beyond the fall semester, which begins Tuesday.
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