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July 1, 2004 | Kathleen Hennessey, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 10% of U.S. elementary and secondary students will experience some kind of sexual misconduct by school employees -- from inappropriate jokes to actual molestation, according to a report compiling more than 10 years of research on sexual abuse in classrooms.
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March 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
School district officials are investigating an elementary school employee for allegedly taping third-graders' mouths shut last fall. The incident reportedly happened when a class of 20 third-graders was in the Arthur C. Butler Elementary School library last fall. It's unclear why and how many students may have had their mouths taped, said Martin Cavanaugh, chief of staff for the district.
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January 30, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A counselor at a North Hills middle school pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of sexually molesting a young female relative more than a decade ago, prosecutors said. Herman Delarosa, 51, an employee of Sepulveda Middle School, was charged with 12 counts of forcible rape. Prosecutors said he molested the girl from 1988 to 1991. The alleged victim, now 30, reported the assaults to police this month. She allegedly was molested from ages 12 to 18, but because of a U.S.
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January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A teacher's aide has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old boy at an elementary school, police said. Mario Ezequiel Collazo, 22, an aide at Washington Elementary School, was arrested Thursday, said Officer Mario Corona, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. Collazo, an employee of the Santa Ana Unified School District for four years, was taken to the Santa Ana Jail. Bail was set at $100,000, Corona said.
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December 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of employees of the public school system here will be getting pink slips for Christmas. As many as 545 teachers and 226 administrative and support personnel are losing their jobs, Louis J. Erste, chief operating officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools, said Tuesday. "The timeline does unfortunately coincide with the end of December," Erste said. Union rules require 30 days' notice, so letters must go out by Dec. 29 for the cuts to take effect when the semester ends Jan. 29.
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December 7, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
University of California officials announced Saturday that they had reached an agreement on wages and benefits with the union representing 11,000 teaching assistants, tutors and other academic student employees. With the costs of tuition and health care rising steadily, the employees, represented by the United Auto Workers, have been engaged in sometimes contentious negotiations with the university system since May.
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December 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
In a county where the median price of a home is around $550,000, how does someone of modest means afford one? Free Moini, 29, a budget analyst at UC Santa Cruz, found a way. He's the proud new owner of a two-bedroom condo -- at a cost of $208,500. Moini is among the first to buy one of 50 condos on campus. The school put what had been rental units up for sale to give campus employees a chance to become homeowners after years of waiting.
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September 5, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
In a sign of renewed union clout, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Thursday to rescind a previous decision to seek at least 2 1/2 unpaid furlough days from its more than 80,000 employees. The board also moved to fully fund health-care benefits, an action that Supt. Roy Romer said the school district could not afford and that would trigger layoffs next year. The 6-1 vote, with only board member Mike Lansing in opposition, would involve the spending of about $85 million.
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September 4, 2003 | From Reuters
Yale University teachers held about 200 classes off campus Wednesday, the first day of the fall term, to show solidarity for an eight-day strike by workers at the elite Ivy League school, a union spokesman said. The strike by thousands of the New Haven, Conn., school's secretaries, technicians and cafeteria employees is their second this year and their ninth since 1968.
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September 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and 13 others were arrested Monday after they blocked traffic on the Yale University campus in support of striking university service and clerical workers. Jackson led more than 1,000 people on a Labor Day march and rally in support of the striking workers before he was arrested. "This is the site of national Labor Day outrage," Jackson said. "This is going to be for economic justice what Selma, [Ala.], was for the right to vote."
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