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February 15, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Dennis Smith has been chosen 1997 Member of the Year by the California School Employees Assn. for Region 12, which encompasses nine northern Orange County school districts. Smith, a maintenance worker in the Magnolia School District for 13 years, is a four-time president of the district's employees association. He has also served as chairman of the chapter's negotiations committee since 1984 and as chairman of the grievance committee since 1990.
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March 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
It's hard to imagine how the National Labor Relations Board could become any less popular among Republicans, but it certainly seems to be trying. On Wednesday, Peter Sung Ohr, the board's regional director in Chicago, ruled that football players at Northwestern University were employees of the school with the right to unionize , and he pledged to schedule a vote on unionization at a later date. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former president of the University of Tennessee, quickly denounced the ruling in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV
A 51-year-old cafeteria worker at Balboa Middle School in Ventura was hospitalized early Friday morning after being carjacked and kidnapped outside the school and beaten, police said. The woman, usually the first to arrive at school each day, was walking from her pickup truck to the building shortly after 6 a.m. when she was forced back into her vehicle by a white or Latino man in his mid-20s or early 30s, said Lt. Carl Handy of the Ventura Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A former Huntington Beach school maintenance painter is set to be arraigned Monday for allegedly possessing hundreds of child pornography images and sharing them online. Investigators said they began to monitor Roger Scott Hewson, 51, in August, believing he was distributing the photos through a file-sharing program. Huntington Beach police and agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Hewson at work. At the time, the Fountain Valley resident was employed by the Huntington Beach City School District as a maintenance painter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Sam Dyck's drama sketch about bullying came from personal experience. The Hale Middle School eighth-grader said he was bullied in elementary school and saw friends being physically intimidated. "My scenes were based on kids bullying because they've been bullied themselves, and sometimes it starts at home with parents," said Sam, 14, after his presentation to classmates. "It's like dominoes that keep falling, and it won't stop until we make it stop. " His account summed up the message of "Stand Tall Day," a series of anti-bullying presentations, videos and discussions and self-defense sessions at the Woodland Hills campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Orange Coast College will offer a class on tax breaks for public school employees. Marjorie Stanford, a financial planner, will conduct the seminar, which emphasizes tax laws specifically designed to benefit school administrators, teachers and classified employees. Information: (714) 432-5880.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1996 | NICK GREEN
The Fillmore Unified School District's 385 employees will receive pay increases of about 2% this fiscal year. The school board approved the salary hikes at its meeting Tuesday. The district's 170 teachers get a 2.3% wage increase, which will cost about $170,000 more a year, officials said. Administrators and other personnel will see a 2% increase at an additional cost of about $56,000 annually. The increases are retroactive to July 1, 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebecca Tritch, a science teacher for five years, received word that she had lost her job last week, during her second year at Santa Paula High School. Like most educators, Tritch had been well aware of the school budget deficits, she said. But the magnitude of the problem didn't hit home until she received a letter from the Santa Paula Union High School District in March notifying her of a possible layoff, Tritch said. "It was a shock," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
For the second time in less than a week, a staff member at a San Fernando Valley elementary school has been accused of molesting female students, the city attorney said. Jesus Fabian Hernandez of Pacoima, a former computer laboratory teacher's assistant at Burton Elementary School in Panorama City, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of battery, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the city attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Negotiators for about 800 non-teaching employees who are locked in a contract dispute with the Anaheim City School District say they will continue to picket meetings of the Board of Education until a state mediator arrives next month. At issue are this year's pay increases: The district has offered the employees a 6% raise and the employees are holding out for 7%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A dozen employees in four of the region's most financially strapped school districts have been charged with helping steal thousands of textbooks for a book buyer, and in some cases the titles would be sold back to the same schools. A 37-page indictment unsealed Thursday details a book-selling scheme in which Long Beach businessman Corey Frederick recruited employees - including two librarians, a campus supervisor and a former warehouse manager - to take thousands of books from schools in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Lynwood and Bellflower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
L.A. County prosecutors have charged 13 employees in four of the region's most financially strapped school districts with stealing thousands of textbooks for a book buyer, who allegedly paid them $200,000 in bribes. A 37-page indictment unsealed Thursday tells of a book-selling scheme in which book buyer Corey Frederick recruited two librarians, a campus supervisor and a former warehouse manager, among others, to allegedly steal thousands of books from schools in Los Angeles, Inglewood and Bellflower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - California schools may give students insulin injections and other medications without having to call in licensed nurses, the state's highest court ruled Monday. "California law expressly permits trained, unlicensed school personnel to administer prescription medications such as insulin in accordance with the written statements of a student's treating physician and parents," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the California Supreme Court. The unanimous decision was a defeat for the powerful California Nurses Assn., which had argued that only licensed healthcare workers could administer medicine under a state law that bars the unauthorized practice of nursing.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
TUCSON - Arizona is advancing legislation that would allow schoolteachers to arm themselves in class. The proposal cleared the state Senate this week and now heads to the state House. Several other states have introduced measures to let teachers carry guns. The movement came after the National Rifle Assn. called for such legislation in light of the mass shooting last year in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders were killed. This month, South Dakota became the first state since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to pass a law that specifically allows teachers and school employees to carry weapons on campus.
OPINION
March 14, 2013
Re "Divided over L.A. Unified," Editorial, March 12 How odd to see The Times characterize a resolution by United Teachers Los Angeles calling for "reduced class sizes, full staffing of our schools ... safe and clean schools [and] better pay for all school employees" as being "anti-reform. " If that's true, does "reform" mean higher class sizes, understaffed schools, unsafe and dirty campuses and low pay for school employees? My daughter's excellent middle-school teachers could give more individual attention to students if class sizes were capped at 25 instead of what many teachers face today, which no private-school parent would tolerate.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A Texas school worker shot in the leg during a school-sponsored concealed handgun training class has been released from the hospital, officials said. The maintenance worker, identified by KLTV as Glen Geddie,  was released from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday morning, according to Rebecca Berkley, a spokeswoman for the hospital. A spokeswoman for the Van Independent School District told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that she could not confirm whether Geddie was the individual injured in the shooting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001
Nearly 530,000 teachers, administrators, custodians and other school employees across California will receive cash bonuses of almost $600 because their campuses significantly boosted test scores, state officials announced this week. The one-time rewards will reach employees at 4,502 schools--more than half of the state's campuses--as early as next month. Every employee at the schools will receive money under the $350-million program, known as the School Site Employee Performance Bonus.
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April 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Maryland Mega Millions mystery has been solved. Three public school educators stepped forward Monday to cash in their ticket for a share of a record jackpot that topped $656 million. They wore black gloves and matching red sweatshirts and hid behind one of those giant checks -- preferring to remain anonymous in an attempt to keep at bay all those people who would like to separate the lottery winners from their money. The trio -- two public school teachers and a school administrator -- have relatively modest plans for their winnings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Students who are sexually abused by school employees may sue public districts if their administrators ignored warning signs or failed to monitor the employees, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday. The state high court's ruling revived a lawsuit against the William S. Hart Union High School District by a student who alleged that a counselor repeatedly abused him sexually. The suit said that school administrators knew or should have known that the counselor, Roselyn Hubbell, had a propensity for sexual abuse when they hired her at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.
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