May 22, 1990 |
Shortly after formally declaring himself a candidate for governor, Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp, dressed in his green sweater, jeans and white sneakers, was standing at Lover's Point in Monterey and touting his support for "Big Green," the environmental initiative on the November ballot. Then somebody asked what he believed was the state's most pressing issue. "I've always said that education would be my first priority as governor.
February 24, 1991 |
Gov. Pete Wilson, departing from the conciliatory tone he has set as governor, angrily lashed out at the state's largest teacher's union Saturday for its opposition to his proposed two-year, $2-billion reduction in school aid. The Republican governor, said to be particularly upset by a television ad the 230,000-member California Teachers Assn. is using to buck his budget plan, launched the counterattack during his weekly radio address.
January 18, 1991 |
Shortly after Rudy M. Castruita took over as superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District late in 1988, he got a letter from an Orange County Superior Court judge complaining about what a lousy job the schools were doing. Castruita responded by asking Judge Jack Mandel for help--a plea that resulted in a large volunteer program of judges, attorneys and eventually other business and community members.
May 24, 1991 |
The powerful California Teachers Assn. spent $1.5 million in the first three months of this year to try to scuttle Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to cut school funding, according to a report released Thursday by Secretary of State March Fong Eu. The report ranked the union as the top spender for the period among Sacramento lobbying groups. A CTA official said this was largely because the union spent a substantial amount on television commercials to build public support.
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September 23, 1988
Four Los Angeles County educators Thursday were named 1988 winners of California Educator Awards. Each award includes a cash prize of $25,000. Funded by the Milken Family Foundation of Los Angeles, a charitable organization that supports educational and humanitarian activities, the awards honored teachers and principals who have made "exemplary contributions" to schools, said state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig. The Los Angeles County winners were among 12 educators honored statewide.
December 12, 1989 |
In an effort "to make California schools the best in the world," California Democratic gubernatorial candidate John K. Van de Kamp on Monday proposed the creation of 4,000 annual fellowships for students and others who want to become teachers. Calling for a California teacher corps, Atty. Gen. Van de Kamp said in a speech to the education department at UCLA, "I propose that we pay the full cost of up to two years of college plus a year of graduate work toward teacher certification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 |
Recruiters from Massachusetts came calling in Berkeley last week, looking to hire a few good teachers. To sweeten the state's appeal, they came offering $20,000 bonuses to be paid out over four years. "We're looking at perhaps lawyers, housewives who have parenting experience, community activists, engineers who have worked 20 years in Silicon Valley," said Alan Safran, chief of staff for the Massachusetts Department of Education. "We want leaders from any aspect of life."
July 10, 1991 |
I felt myself blushing as I proposed this story to an editor. She was very nice about it. "I'm sure you know more than you think," she said. "No," I said. "Really, I don't know anything. Go ahead, ask me a question." We launched onto a different subject, so she never did test my knowledge of history, geography or math. But if she had given me an impromptu quiz, there's a good chance I would have failed. I know, because I tried it when I called my mom the other day.
January 8, 2000 |
Money talks. At least, Gov. Gray Davis hopes it does. Borrowing a strategy from high-tech companies that offer stock options and other financial incentives to attract highly trained workers, Davis is trying to lure teachers into the state's lowest-performing schools with a bevy of bonuses, loans, fellowships and tuition rebates. That's one reason the budget he will unveil Monday includes $2.1 billion more for primary and secondary education than last year, pushing his proposed total to $28.