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June 19, 1994
As the author of a bill to restructure the Los Angeles Unified School District, I am disappointed by your article dealing with the tough questions of how to pay for "categorical programs" like special education. In an in-depth article ("Allocation of School Funds Spurs Competing Demands," June 2), The Times focused on $212 million, or about 6% of the district's $3.9-billion budget, which is being spent on special education and integration services. My bill in the state Legislature, AB 1635, would fundamentally change the way in which the LAUSD spends money.
September 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Nearly a dozen bicycles used by special education students at a Modesto elementary school were stolen over the weekend. A janitor at Sherwood Elementary School on East Rumble Road noticed two locks had been cut on the campus early Monday morning, including one that protected the bicycles in storage. The Modesto Bee reported that 11 of the students' bicycles -- worth some $8,500 -- were stolen, including nine three-wheeled bikes and two specialty bikes for students with severe handicaps.  "It's heartbreaking," Darlene Pierson, the class teacher, told the Bee. "To have someone decide they needed them more than we did irritates me. " The Sylvan School District purchased five of the bicycles, but Pierson and her husband bought the others since she began teaching the class 17 years ago, KCRA reported . ALSO: Kabbalah Centre founder Philip Berg dead at 84 Vista Murrieta High football players charged with sex crimes Parolee gets 55 years for sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook
December 17, 1999
Every time I think I've read the last possible revelation of a failed California public school program, a new one emerges (Twice Failed series, Dec. 12, 13 and 15). Now it is reported that more than half of special education students find themselves so pigeonholed because they have not been taught to read. It seems they do not receive early instruction in the basics of phonics and eventually find themselves lumped with children suffering from mental and emotional handicaps. Earlier this year, The Times reported that two-thirds of the blind are functionally illiterate because Braille was replaced with audiotapes 20-some years ago. Then there were new math, bilingual education, elimination of dress codes and countless other bad ideas.
August 15, 2013
Barbara Rossier Special education expert Barbara Rossier, a special education expert who became one of the namesakes of USC's school of education after she and her husband pledged $20 million to it, died Sunday, the university announced. A resident of Villa Park, she was 78 and died of lung cancer. The couple's 1998 pledge to what then became formally known as the USC Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier School of Education was the largest ever made to an American education school at the time.
December 6, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
Developmentally disabled young adults who attend or have graduated from a special education program at Orange Coast College will gather for a reunion party Dec. 13. The theme for party-goers, who are victims of head injuries or developmental disabilities such as autism, will be Friday the 13th superstitions. The event will feature a 13-pin bowling game, a raffle every 13 minutes and other activities including music and dancing.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A female teacher at Corona's Centennial High School is facing charges of having sex with five teenage boys over the last year. Summer Michelle Hansen, 31, a special education teacher, was charged Tuesday with 16 felony counts involving sex acts with five teenagers younger than 18, none of whom were her students. Riverside prosecutors allege that from May 2012 to May 2013, Hansen committed sexual acts with the teenagers - who were as young as 16 - in her classroom, in a campus utility room, in her vehicle parked near a teenager's home and at the home of another teenager.
February 4, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Half a dozen arms reached for the sky, some gently grazing a basketball as it escaped the court and thudded out of bounds at the Edward Roybal Learning Center. Despite their best efforts at trying to keep the ball in the game, both teams showed no hint of defeat, even after one was declared the winner. The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League's Eastern finals were underway, and the mood was decidedly different from that of other sports finals.
January 5, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Local charter schools will receive more money to educate disabled students and more freedom from the Los Angeles Unified School District in the process, under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Board of Education. The board unanimously approved the pact, which will cost the cash-strapped school system millions of dollars because the district will now give charter schools state money that it previously kept for traditional schools' special education programs. But failing to make the deal could have cost the district many millions more if charters exercise a new right to contract for special education programs.
October 9, 2010 | By Jack Dolan and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending on welfare, child care, special education and other programs before signing the budget bill that lawmakers had passed about eight hours earlier after a marathon overnight session. The governor slashed 23 line items from the $87.5-billion general fund budget, including $256 million from a program for school-age children of families moving off welfare, $133 million from mental health services for special education students and nearly $60 million from AIDS treatment and prevention programs.
July 11, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Alfonso B. Perez, a veteran administrator who helped shape special education programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District and as principal guided his alma mater, Roosevelt High, during a tense period of Chicano protest, died July 2 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was 91. The cause was a heart attack, said his grandson, Paul Aguirre. Perez joined the district as a teacher for disabled students in 1947, when few resources were available in public schools for students with physical and mental impairments.
March 18, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
Filipino exchange teacher Ferdinand Nakila landed in Los Angeles expecting "Pretty Woman" scenes of swank Beverly Hills boulevards and glittering celebrities. What he got was Inglewood, where he stayed for two weeks in temporary housing and encountered drunkards, beggars, trash-filled streets and nightly police sirens. It got worse.
February 13, 2009 | Seema Mehta and Jason Song
The massive federal economic stimulus package hammered out by Congress this week contains about $106 billion earmarked for education, an unprecedented expansion of federal spending into the nation's schools. District officials throughout California, bracing for another round of painful state budget cuts, were grateful for a new infusion of funds. The money would pay for, among other things, special education, school repair and retaining teachers who might otherwise be laid off.
November 2, 2008 | Michael J. Crumb, Crumb writes for the Associated Press.
After failing to finish a reading assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school's time-out room -- a converted storage area under a staircase -- where she was left alone for three hours. The autistic Iowa girl wet herself before she was finally allowed to leave. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit. Some educators say time-out rooms are being used with increased frequency to discipline children with behavioral disorders.
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