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May 13, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Deep into an important election that's attracted little civic notice, Jon M. Lauritzen provoked unwanted attention in the run up to Tuesday's Los Angeles school board runoff. He first ignored legal advice and voted against authorizing a group of charter schools in South Los Angeles. Then two weeks later, he switched sides, acting as the deciding vote both times.
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April 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Sexual misconduct allegations at Miramonte Elementary School sparked a surge of investigations of Los Angeles teachers, pushing the ranks of those in "teacher jail" to more than 300 - and prompting officials this week to consider the rights of accused employees. On Tuesday, the Board of Education will weigh a proposal designed to speed up and improve investigations, in hopes of quickly ousting the guilty and exonerating the innocent. "You don't need 300 days to figure out who's a monster," said Carpenter Elementary parent Julia Bricklin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Three Los Angeles Board of Education incumbents were cruising to victory Tuesday in early returns, but a runoff election appeared likely in the race for the one open seat. In District 1, covering south and southwest L.A., Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was well ahead of challenger Eric Lee. In District 3, in the west San Fernando Valley, Tamar Galatzan was besting Louis Pugliese. And in District 7, stretching across the South Bay and South Los Angeles, Richard Vladovic surged far in front of Roye Love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Three Los Angeles Board of Education incumbents were cruising to victory Tuesday in early returns, but a runoff election appeared likely in the race for the one open seat. In District 1, covering south and southwest L.A., Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was well ahead of challenger Eric Lee. In District 3, in the west San Fernando Valley, Tamar Galatzan was besting Louis Pugliese. And in District 7, stretching across the South Bay and South Los Angeles, Richard Vladovic surged far in front of Roye Love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2007 | Howard Blume and Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writers
Throwing his weight into the upcoming Los Angeles school board elections, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared his support for a heavily favored Latina candidate Wednesday and was poised to give his endorsement in another race. For weeks, the mayor had delayed his endorsements -- avoiding, for the time, political strife with the teachers union and African American leaders.
OPINION
January 24, 2011
As elections approach for four of its seven seats, the Los Angeles Unified School District board can claim bragging rights to some significant changes since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got involved several years ago. Before he became mayor, the board seemed frozen into inaction whenever the teachers union protested any reform, such as new charter schools. But the mayor-supported majority of the last few years has proved more agile at approving charters, which often provide a better education to students who otherwise would be forced to attend underperforming neighborhood schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Sexual misconduct allegations at Miramonte Elementary School sparked a surge of investigations of Los Angeles teachers, pushing the ranks of those in "teacher jail" to more than 300 - and prompting officials this week to consider the rights of accused employees. On Tuesday, the Board of Education will weigh a proposal designed to speed up and improve investigations, in hopes of quickly ousting the guilty and exonerating the innocent. "You don't need 300 days to figure out who's a monster," said Carpenter Elementary parent Julia Bricklin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa knew exactly whom to alert last year when he wanted his nonprofit group to win control of a low-performing new elementary school in Watts. After all, a majority of the seven-member Board of Education was elected with the help of his substantial campaign fundraising. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. school board elections: An article in the March 6 LATExtra section about Los Angeles Board of Education elections referred to Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary as a new school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia
Los Angeles school board member Tamar Galatzan will hold a town hall meeting this week, inviting parents and teachers to learn how to access more than $34 million in technology grants for their L.A. Unified public schools. The meeting will be held at Reed Middle School in North Hollywood at 7 p.m. on Thursday. -- Evelyn Larrubia
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2008 | David Zahniser
School board member Tamar Galatzan called Monday on the Department of Water and Power to renew an agreement that allows the Los Angeles Unified School District to receive reduced rates on its utility bills. Galatzan argued that the DWP should craft a new power agreement that allows the district to add solar power to its facilities and gain the financial benefits of other energy-saving measures. Under the current pact, the school district is prohibited from doing so, Galatzan said. A DWP official did not respond to a call seeking comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa knew exactly whom to alert last year when he wanted his nonprofit group to win control of a low-performing new elementary school in Watts. After all, a majority of the seven-member Board of Education was elected with the help of his substantial campaign fundraising. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. school board elections: An article in the March 6 LATExtra section about Los Angeles Board of Education elections referred to Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary as a new school.
OPINION
January 24, 2011
As elections approach for four of its seven seats, the Los Angeles Unified School District board can claim bragging rights to some significant changes since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got involved several years ago. Before he became mayor, the board seemed frozen into inaction whenever the teachers union protested any reform, such as new charter schools. But the mayor-supported majority of the last few years has proved more agile at approving charters, which often provide a better education to students who otherwise would be forced to attend underperforming neighborhood schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Deep into an important election that's attracted little civic notice, Jon M. Lauritzen provoked unwanted attention in the run up to Tuesday's Los Angeles school board runoff. He first ignored legal advice and voted against authorizing a group of charter schools in South Los Angeles. Then two weeks later, he switched sides, acting as the deciding vote both times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2007 | Howard Blume and Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writers
Throwing his weight into the upcoming Los Angeles school board elections, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared his support for a heavily favored Latina candidate Wednesday and was poised to give his endorsement in another race. For weeks, the mayor had delayed his endorsements -- avoiding, for the time, political strife with the teachers union and African American leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. The packed board room erupted in cheers after the 5-2 vote to approve the proposal, which made L.A. Unified the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension. The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2008 | Howard Blume
The Board of Education on Tuesday narrowly approved a key component of a plan to turn around the lowest-performing middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At issue were contracts for consultants to help as many as 34 schools create a required reform plan. The initial vote ended in a 3-3 tally -- a loss for Supt. David L. Brewer. The vote came after he had pressed strongly for approval. Late-arriving board member Tamar Galatzan cast the tie-breaker. Consultants will initially get about $2,000 per diem for 10 days' work.
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