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September 23, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A prominent educational psychologist who provided counseling to students in Los Angeles Unified schools was suspended by the district Friday after a woman alleged that he molested her son more than a hundred times two decades ago in Colorado. An attorney for psychologist Peter J. Ruthenbeck said last month that his client was cooperating with an investigation by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, which licenses educational psychologists, but declined to comment on the allegations.
July 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The athletic coordinator at a Christian school was charged Monday with molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually annoying two others, authorities said. Armondo Lucero, 26, works at Mission Viejo Christian School, where the three girls are students, said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office. The alleged molestations began in April 2005 and continued until last month, she said.
July 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The University of California has awarded $702 million in low-interest home loans to executives, faculty and staffers, including some to employees who did not qualify under university policy. There are nearly 2,000 active university-issued loans, most carrying interest rates of 3% to 4%, but some with much lower rates, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. Officials with the 10-campus system refused to reveal who received the money, citing employee confidentiality.
June 5, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could ease organizing in charter schools and preschools, leaders of the state's largest teachers union announced Sunday that they have opened their ranks to school secretaries, bus drivers and other education professionals who aren't teachers. The vote by the State Council of Education, the top policy-making body of the powerful California Teachers Assn., immediately turns about 5,000 support staff into full CTA members.
March 16, 2006
I was deeply offended by the article regarding bisexual men and how to "spot" them ["When 'Brokeback' Leads to Heartbreak," March 2]. I am an educator for the Los Angeles School District. One of my job responsibilities is to educate administrators, teachers, students and parents in regard to the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) population. I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but in public schools across the country LGBT persons are the main target of bias, bullying and harassment.
December 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former counselor at a private school was convicted Wednesday of 51 counts of molesting seven children and possessing child pornography. Paul Whitmore, 47, could receive life in prison.
November 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Almost 7,000 school district employees will have to show up at district headquarters this week if they want to get paid. An audit two years ago found a small number of "ghost" employees were receiving paychecks without working in the school system. The district is performing a second audit to ensure that paychecks are going to the 6,943 verified employees and that all workers are being paid the correct amount. Oakland schools have recently spent millions upgrading payroll and personnel systems.
October 13, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court took up the case of a Los Angeles County prosecutor Wednesday to decide whether the nation's 21 million public employees have a 1st Amendment right to speak out about problems that arise on the job. Most of the justices said they were not willing to create such a right, arguing that it could turn every workplace dispute into a federal court battle. "You are advocating a sweeping rule," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy told a lawyer for prosecutor Richard Ceballos.
June 20, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
The state-run California School for the Deaf in Riverside had a perfect candidate for a job opening: a speech therapist with expertise in American Sign Language. She was immediately hired and was on the job for just two weeks when she got a last-minute job offer from a public school district for $10,000 more per year. "And poof, she was gone," said Pat Melvin, a fourth-grade science and social studies teacher who has worked at the school for 14 years.
May 31, 2005 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Walking past Room 607, Merritt Hemenway slowed his gait and narrowed his brows. Something about this seemingly mundane spot had diverted his attention. He paused. It was morning at Bishop Amat Memorial High School near La Puente, where Hemenway is the principal. For just a moment, he was a high school senior again. It was Nov. 22, 1963, and he was in third-period physics. Msgr.
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