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September 28, 1998
Regarding Mayor Richard Riordan's assessment of the schools ("Riordan Task Force Plans Its Own School Board Slate," Sept. 12): Finally, someone who has the fortitude to tell the truth. The emperor is naked and the schools are a disaster caused by letting politics dictate policy instead of common sense. I will either have to move or send my sons to a private school while my taxes support a deficient public school system. I certainly don't share [governor candidate] Gray Davis' confidence in the school system and I don't understand why he praises it in his TV ads. JOHN GONZALEZ North Hills
June 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named an aide to former public school chief executive Paul Vallas to replace him as head of the nation's third-largest school system. Arne Duncan, 36, will preside over a school system with 435,000 students, 45,900 employees and a $3.5-billion annual budget. Vallas resigned June 7 after six years as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan became the deputy chief of staff in 1999 after working since 1998 as director of magnet schools for the city's board of
November 15, 1993 | Associated Press
Gov. Jim Edgar signed a financial rescue plan for Chicago public schools late Sunday night, letting the nation's third-largest school system continue operating. The governor's signature ended almost three months of legislative wrangling over how to help the school system balance its budget. Edgar said the plan "will assure the 411,000 children are in classrooms, where they belong, without a state bailout."
September 13, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Calling the Los Angeles Board of Education dysfunctional and warning that academic progress is at stake, a senior school district administrator confirmed Friday that he is resigning. Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino said he would remain with the nation's second-largest school system through Dec. 31. His departure removes the top manager for academic initiatives during a period of rapid and seminal change, including a new curriculum, a new program for students learning English, a mandate that all students meet college-preparation requirements and a program to distribute tablet computers to every student .  Aquino has been the right-hand man for L.A. schools Supt.
January 11, 2007
Re "2 teen boys hit in drive-by shooting outside Grant High in Van Nuys," Jan. 10 I am deeply concerned about my 15-year-old granddaughter, who attends Grant High School. She heard shots ring out today as she was leaving school and is traumatized by what took place. It is outrageous that gang members are driving around our streets and shooting at our children. Wherever this happens, it cannot be tolerated! How can we force our children to deliberately expose themselves to this extreme danger each day?
May 30, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
A settlement with the employee who made allegations of sexual harassment against former L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines threatened to unravel Tuesday over disputed terms of the agreement and its disclosure by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The allegations also have had fallout at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, which sent a delegation Tuesday to meet with Board of Education President Monica Garcia over changing the downtown school's name.
September 29, 2013
A small Monterey County school district has come up with what it considers a novel approach to paying for classroom technology: voter-approved, short-term bonds. Taxpayers in the Pacific Grove Unified School District will be asked in November to pay for the technology - such as tablets for students and teachers - with a $28-million bond strictly designed for such uses. The money would be spent in intervals over time, such as every three to five years. The idea is to create a funding stream to replace worn or obsolete technology as needed.
November 20, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A committee that oversees school bond spending has rejected major portions of a proposal to expand the use of iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Officials had sought the panel's approval for $135 million in spending. Instead, the committee Wednesday authorized $45 million. The panel failed to approve plans to provide iPads to all teachers and school administrators. And it reduced the number of iPads requested for students. The decision creates new complications in the $1-billion effort to provide tablets to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system.
June 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NEW YORK * Gov. George Pataki signed legislation that gives New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg control of the city's school system. The 1.1-million-student system will become Bloomberg's direct responsibility beginning July 1. The law also expands the Board of Education to 13 members. Currently, the system is run by a seven-member board and a chancellor. The mayor appoints two of the board members; the rest are appointed by each of the city's five borough presidents.
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