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February 25, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office chose not to seek the extradition of a substitute teacher wanted for sex crimes, even after prosecutors learned of his whereabouts in Mexico, court records show. The records contradict statements made this week by a deputy district attorney, who said the teacher would be extradited as soon as authorities could locate him. The teacher, George Hernandez, was arrested by Huntington Park police in September 2010 for allegedly exposing himself to a girl outside a middle school.
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In February, Los Angeles Unified School District officials suspended a teacher after two of his students turned in science projects that administrators thought looked like guns. Even granting that school officials have a right to be hypersensitive these days about anything resembling a weapon, their decision to remove him from the classroom was a harmful overreaction. It's also hard to understand why the investigation into this seemingly simple matter has taken more than a month.
November 25, 1993 | The Baltimore Sun
A 25-year-old substitute teacher stabbed the principal of a middle school in the leg with a butcher knife, then chased him into another office, where he tried to attack an assistant principal before a parent wrestled him to the floor, police said. Principal G. Roger Proudfoot, 47, sustained a superficial wound in the Tuesday attack, which apparently was provoked when the school told substitute Terrance Leroy Alter that he would not be working there again. Alter, of Woodlawn, Md.
March 16, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Adina Jones has spent years immersed in logistics such as financial tracking, transportation organization, nutritional direction and healthcare supervision. In other words, Jones is a mom. And until shortly before her 14-year marriage ended last year, Jones was a full-time caregiver for her three daughters. "I wanted to give them the best start I could," Jones, 40, said of her career hiatus, which began in 2006. "I wanted to be there for them in all ways. " Now, Jones is trying to reenter the traditional workforce and finding it tough.
October 27, 1998 | JAMES MEIER
Tustin needs substitute teachers in all grades. People who have earned a bachelor's degree and have passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) may apply to become a substitute teacher in the Tustin Unified School District. The District Administration Center, 300 S. C St., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (714) 730-7301, Ext. 300.
December 21, 1989
In response to an areawide shortage of substitute teachers, the La Habra City School District has increased their salaries. Substitutes are not only needed to replace teachers who are ill, but also to cover classes for teachers participating in workshops and other training, said Assistant Supt. Ruth Fehr. When substitute teachers cannot be found, which Fehr said happens about once a month, school principals may fill in for teachers or withdraw permission for them to attend workshops or training.
April 17, 1986
A former substitute teacher accused of making sexually suggestive comments to three female students was sentenced Wednesday to 15 days in jail. Blyden Loutensock, 33, of North Hollywood also had to give up his teaching credentials and was barred from receiving teaching credentials in the future after he pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
May 16, 1994 | ANNE SMITH EWING, Anne Smith Ewing has been a substitute teacher in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Whittier and Bakersfield. She retired a few years ago from a full-time teaching job at Eastlake Juvenile Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. and
SCENE I: Classroom in any Southern California public high school, any morning. Substitute enters, trying to appear poised, casual and very together. The school secretary has given her an instruction sheet that informs her the classes she is to teach are titled "Greater Ed." Before the first class bell rings, substitute checks her face, hair, hose. She cannot find roll book, seating chart, lesson plans. Bell rings. Students enter, melt, drag, float into room. A few jump in through the windows.
December 13, 1992 | From Associated Press
A month ago, Lee Burns supervised the schools. Today, he cleans them. Burns' four years as Hardee County school superintendent and the $56,000 salary that came with it ended when he was voted out in the fall election. With a family to feed and no other offers, Burns took the only work available--substitute teacher and part-time, minimum-wage janitor. The 48-year-old career educator said last week that he accepted the positions "to keep busy and make a little money.
Supt. Walt Swanson peers into the black eye sockets of a skull topped by a decaying green Army helmet, speaking firmly about the importance of paying attention. Behind the latex sockets is a seventh-grader in a white T-shirt, baggy blue shorts and multicolored sneakers, who moments ago was listening halfheartedly to a health and science discussion. Swanson, a large but soft-spoken man in a gray suit and red tie, finishes the admonishment by unconsciously patting the student on the shoulder.
September 5, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles teachers union has ramped up the battle over displaced teachers at Crenshaw High and another campus, accusing the district of removing instructors because they engaged in union activity that is protected by law. United Teachers Los Angeles filed two unfair practice charges Thursday with the state's Public Employment Relations Board, union officials announced in a new conference at its Koreatown headquarters. One filing challenges the removal of 12 teachers from Crenshaw High in Leimert Park; the other questions the transfer of the head union representative at City of Angels, an alternative school with classes at more than 20 locations across the L.A. Unified School District.
December 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- People in this idyllic New England town returned on Thursday morning to the church that has served as the centerpiece of its grief and mourned another of the town's young victims killed last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In what has become a tragic daily occurrence this week, people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for a funeral, this time for Catherine Violet Hubbard, 6. She was one of the 20 first-graders killed Friday morning when a gunman invaded their classroom area at the school.
December 16, 2012 | Tina Susman and Alana Semuels and Brian Bennett
As this once-placid town struggled Saturday with the horror of 20 children and six adults gunned down at an elementary school, authorities said first-graders were shot as many as 11 times, some at close range. "This is a very devastating set of injuries," Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver II said. "I've been at this for a third of a century and my sensibilities may not be the average man's, but this is probably the worst I have seen or the worst that I know of any of my colleagues having seen.
November 30, 2012
Re "Head of the class," Opinion, Nov. 26 During his short tenure as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, John Deasy has been reprimanded by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for failing to report the change of status of a teacher who was accused of sexually abusing students. He has exhibited unprofessional conduct by accosting a substitute teacher and engaging in a verbal confrontation in front of high school students at Washington Prep High School.
November 29, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials failed to promptly report nearly 150 cases of suspected teacher misconduct - including allegations of sexual contact with students - to state authorities as required by law, an audit released Thursday concluded. The findings come 10 months after the Los Angeles Unified School District was rocked by the arrest of a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School for allegedly spoon-feeding semen to students in a classroom. At the time, district officials acknowledged that they did not swiftly send all serious misconduct allegations to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which keeps a database that school systems use to verify teaching licenses.
October 5, 2012 | Anh Do
The poet was a familiar figure, striding through Little Saigon, sipping tea, sharing wisdom, his head covered with his trademark fedora. He liked to read through the night, not too tired to dissect a bit of homeland politics. He lived simply, renting rooms in other people's homes, wearing the same suits for appearances, offering thanks for gifts of fruit and books. Early Tuesday, he died just as quietly in a Santa Ana hospital after suffering chest pain. Nguyen Chi Thien, 73, the acclaimed author of "Flowers From Hell," was revered for his modesty and creativity, thriving through 27 years of imprisonment, much of it in isolation.
December 28, 1989
The Montebello Unified School District has become the first in the state to turn over its problems finding substitute teachers to a computer, saving time, money and a few headaches, district officials said. The computer replaces one of two employees who used to report to district headquarters at 5:30 a.m. to field calls for substitute teachers, and who then scrambled to find replacements before classes began.
May 28, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Second in a series on minor league call-ups who have helped fuel the Dodgers' early-season surge. Students have long pegged substitute teachers for saps, powerless figureheads who reign with kid gloves rather than an iron fist. A "sub" means "fun," the tradition goes. Well aware of this perception, Jerry Sands lays out the ground rules before they try to walk all over him. "Hey guys, I might look old, but I was here a few years ago," the 24-year-old will tell students when he fills in as a substitute teacher near his hometown in Smithfield, N.C. "I know a lot of the tricks, so don't even try them.
April 14, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Any day now, I expect to see a crowd of substitute teachers marching around Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters, wearing signs that say "I AM PATRENA SHANKLING" and waving lists of dumb things that substitutes have been asked to do. Shankling is the substitute teacher fired by Supt. John Deasy last fall, after he scolded her for giving 12th-grade students what he considered busywork: copying class procedures from a sheet of paper into their composition books. Since a Times profile on Deasy and my column this week on the incident, teachers have rallied to Shankling's defense, describing in emails, letters and online comments the hard life of a substitute.
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