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May 1, 1991
I am writing this letter as a concerned parent. Our California school system is falling apart right before our eyes. We keep hearing that our school system is terrible and that kids are graduating from school who can't read. Whose fault is this? The legislators in Sacramento, that's who. Every time there is a budget cut, the school system is the one affected. Kids cannot even take books home because each class has to use the same books. We, as parents, not only have to pay taxes, but now we also have to help pay for sports, supplies and other needs.
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.
June 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The superintendent of Philadelphia's financially strapped school system resigned, saying he did not have the support of state officials to turn the district around. David Hornbeck made the announcement less than a week after the nation's sixth-largest school system averted a state takeover. He will end his six-year tenure in August. Hornbeck said recent budget negotiations left him without enough money to continue his school reform program on schedule.
July 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pittsburgh school officials shut down a private summer program for nearly 600 disadvantaged youngsters at two public schools after learning the children pray, study the Bible and sing religious songs. U.S. District Judge William Standish denied a request Monday to block the school system from revoking permits for the "Fun with the Son" program at Allegheny Middle School and Northview Heights elementary school.
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
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."
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
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.
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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