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June 24, 2002 | Ronald Brownstein
John Lindsay, the mayor of New York City in the late 1960s, used to say that he had the second toughest job in America (after, presumably, the president). Today the toughest job outside of the Oval Office might be superintendent of a big-city school system. Caught between a public demanding change and a school system built to resist it, the average big-city superintendent now holds the job for only 2 1/2 years. Even baseball managers last longer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A top Centinela schools official on Tuesday said the FBI has contacted the district regarding the high salary of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year. The official, newly elevated school board President Hugo M. Rojas, said he is prepared to cooperate fully with both the FBI and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Rojas did not clarify whether the district attorney had actually contacted him or the Centinela Valley Union High School District -- he left quickly after the conclusion of the six-hour board meeting Tuesday, which took place at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1997
I am encouraged by the emergence of organizations like the Education Alliance discussed in a front-page article in The Times on March 17. The tone of the article suggests that you oppose its objectives. For the average voter, identifying candidates for school boards who are truly committed to a conservative agenda is almost impossible. All of the brochures include the same bland statements. I hope that the Education Alliance will help us to select candidates who are truly interested in reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Centinela school district officials Tuesday appointed a veteran administrator as interim leader, pending an investigation of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year. Fernandez was placed on paid leave last week. For now, the Centinela Valley Union High School District will be managed by Bob Cox, who had been serving as the assistant superintendent for human resources. The board announced its action after meeting nearly three hours in closed session. Fernandez's earnings last year to manage a school system of 6,600 students spread across three high schools and two small alternative programs surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's three largest school systems.
NEWS
July 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
After suffering through a winter of sky-high natural gas prices, a Pennsylvania school system has decided to drill for its own. The school board in Penn Hills, 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, has struck a deal with Penneco Oil Co. to sink as many as 10 natural gas wells under the district's eight schools. The school system would get 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989
I attended the City Council meeting April 11 in Rolling Hills Estates in regard to the expansion plans for Peninsula Heritage School (formerly advertised as Wingrock School). The City Council with the patience of Job listened to the pros and cons, and with infinite wisdom and good sense decided to follow the General Plan set out in Rolling Hills Estates Resolution No. 685, adopted June 13, 1973, which states that "the primary objective of the City is to preserve and enhance the rural character and single family nature of the community."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1992
A Long Beach native and local school administrator will be the next superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District. Carl Cohn, 46, will be the first black superintendent of the state's fourth-largest school system. The school board selected Cohn Thursday afternoon and will formally approve the decision at a special board meeting Monday, officials said. Cohn is one of five area superintendents. Polytechnic High School and its feeder schools were under his jurisdiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1986 | Associated Press
Giving Bibles to a public school class violated the constitutional separation of church and state, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit against a school system. Carolyn Hill, a parent named in the suit, contends that Alan Joshua's constitutional rights were violated March 4 when he and 34 fifth-grade classmates were given Bibles at Paris Elementary School in the southeastern Idaho town of Paris.
NEWS
October 8, 1992
One week after the Compton Unified School District narrowly escaped a state takeover, residents will get a chance to question school officials about the school system and its future. The Compton branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor a community forum on local schools at 6:15 this evening in the board room of the district headquarters, 620 S. Tamarind Ave. The topic will be "The Direction of Education in Compton: Where Do We Go From Here?" said Royce W.
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January 18, 1989 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Little Hoover Commission sharply criticized state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig for alleged lax administration over the state school system Tuesday during a contentious hearing into fiscal accountability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Friends and family of a teen killed last week when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of prospective college students gathered for an emotional vigil Monday night at El Monte High School. Adrian Castro, 19, was courteous and stubborn in his own way, making sure that anything he started, he finished, said his dad, Raul Castro. “That was my right-hand man and now he's no longer with me,” he added. Adrian Castro was among 10 people killed last week when the truck slammed into the bus headed for Humboldt State University for a spring tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A local schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for receiving $674,559 in pay last year was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday by the Board of Education that had approved his compensation terms. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to place Supt. Jose Fernandez on leave during a hastily called evening meeting conducted behind closed doors at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts. Notice of the meeting was posted online 24 hours before it began, according to the head of the teachers union and others.
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy acknowledged Tuesday that teacher dismissals have surged recently, but he insisted Tuesday that state laws still made the process too lengthy and costly. Deasy was on the witness stand for a second day in a high-profile trial over the state's job protections for teachers, which are among the most extensive in the nation. So far, Deasy has been the star witness for litigants seeking to overturn the process for dismissing, laying off and granting tenure to teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Howard Blume
After an extended period of layoffs and hiring freezes, the Los Angeles Unified School District has resumed bringing on new teachers, while also being more selective about their quality than in the past. The nation's second-largest school system forecasts hiring 1,333 instructors for next year; it hired 718 for the current year. The total teaching force numbers about 26,000. The turnaround represents the first significant positive change in the employment climate since 2007; each year since, the district had faced significant budget cuts - from an economic recession, a drop in federal funding and declining enrollment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1993 | ANDREA HECHT, Andrea Hecht of North Hills owns a public relations firm.
As my daughter makes her way through the Los Angeles school system, I've been thinking of junior high in southern New Jersey in the 1960s, a memorable time for me. The standards were tough--I was once sent home because I didn't do my math homework--and the teachers were tougher. But everyone had their eyes on the ball, and the ball was learning. Learning was the main mission at Ventnor Junior High. One of the highlights came in the fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2008
Writer, performance artist and radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh has parlayed a solo stage show about parenting, schools and dysfunction into a bestselling memoir, "Mother on Fire." The L.A. native recently set up a website, at www.askamagnetyenta.wordpress, to assist weary parents in navigating the public school labyrinth in Southern California. Her weekly radio commentary series, "The Loh Life," runs on KPCC-FM (89.3) in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Advocates on Tuesday pushed different approaches for replacing Los Angeles Board of Education member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died earlier this month. A group led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) asserted that the board  should wait until after LaMotte's burial before deciding whether to appoint a replacement or call a special election. Doing so would honor African American customs as well as respect the grieving process of the family and community, Waters and others said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to decide whether to elect or appoint a successor to school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month. With pressure mounting from advocates for each alternative, three of six board members -- Richard Vladovic, Monica Garcia and Tamar Galatzan -- have talked of favoring a special election. Bennett Kayser and Monica Ratliff said they're leaning toward an appointment. Steve Zimmer said he's undecided. Opting for an election on a fast timetable -- in March, for example -- could make it difficult for candidates to assemble campaigns.
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