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November 5, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
A new technology education program is in the works at Sepulveda Middle School, thanks to a $140,000 grant from the National Guard. Perry Whitmer, who teaches wood shop, agriculture and Spanish at Sepulveda, is heading up the project, from building new work labs to purchasing new equipment. "What I am going to do is to build 20 different learning stations where kids will be rotated in on a five- to 10-day basis," said Whitmer.
March 11, 2000
The Los Angeles Unified School District is holding a job fair today at Reseda High School for anyone interested in teaching as well as nonteaching positions within the 711,000-student system. The three-hour event, which begins at 10 a.m., will allow potential employees to ask district officials questions about job opportunities as well as fill out applications. No jobs will be offered on the spot, said Anna Gehart, a district administrative assistant, who is helping to coordinate the job fair.
San Fernando Valley second- and third-graders struggling with reading can apply for free tutoring this summer through a pilot literacy-intervention program that might be expanded to schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified district. Under the program spearheaded by Los Angeles Board of Education member Julie Korenstein, 20 students from each grade will receive about 60 hours of help in reading and writing at the Panorama Recreation Center, at 8600 Hazeltine Ave.
Teaching assistants in the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday that they will begin a "rolling" strike today that will involve up to 100 different schools each day until their demands for a contract with job security and health benefits are met. About 10,000 teaching assistants, 70% of whom are bilingual Latinas, won their bid for union representation in January and have been trying to reach an agreement with the district ever since.
May 20, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
The consequences of being the largest school district investor in the collapsed county bond pool are taking shape in the Irvine Unified School District, where trustees approved a third round of potential layoff notices this week. School district budget planners say investment pool losses will eventually cost the district $12 million and take a decade to repay. Irvine Unified will pay $1.2 million a year in combined interest and principal payments over the next 10 years to cover an estimated $8.
November 28, 1993
Re "The Forbidden Touch" (Nov. 18): In addition to preschoolers not getting the human touch they need as a result of fallout from child-abuse cases, they are also not getting badly needed male involvement in their school lives. In the 1970s and early '80s, when educators and parents wanted to counter sexism and encourage non-traditional gender behavior, men were highly valued and sought out as preschool teachers. It's really sad now that men can be strongly discouraged from taking any job caring for children because of the fear of being accused of abuse.
March 22, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
It's a story about the circle of life that would make even the head of Simba the Lion King spin. Sheryl Christenson, 20, signed up to be a part-time kindergarten teacher's assistant through a Los Angeles Unified School District program that puts education majors into jobs at public schools. Christenson asked to be placed at Tarzana Elementary, the school she had attended.
August 9, 1998
Re "Student Union at UCI Works for Recognition," July 23: Don't be misled by the rabble-rousers: The tangible rewards of university employment include free medical insurance, course credit and good pay. Intangible rewards include one's own collection of course syllabi, lecture notes, collegial relations with professors, as well as plenty of opportunity for learning grading, dispute resolution and interpersonal skills. Did I mention the $15 to $20 per hour? It beats me why union activists don't just stick to their studies and appreciate the opportunity to serve as well-compensated apprentice educators, rather than biting the hand that feeds us. DANIEL HILLYARD Irvine While the graduate student population at the UC Irvine has some real issues to discuss with the administration, unionization would be a disastrous course to take for the entire university.
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