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June 22, 2000
Re "L.A. Unified Appoints 11 Leaders for Subdistricts," June 16: After concluding a nationwide search through 300 applications, nine come from L.A. Unified and the other two from Compton Unified? Excuse me for being a little slow, but out of all the school districts in the U.S., this is where Supt. Roy Romer finds his leaders? It's great to know the "good ol' boys" system is still alive and well. SCOTT WILLIAM DRUE Redondo Beach Excuse me? Deputy Supt. Liliam Castillo "will suffer a slight pay cut," receiving only $150,000 a year.
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April 26, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Seeking to calm critics of his reconciliation efforts with the militant Hamas group, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday the unity government he plans to head will renounce violence and recognize Israel. Abbas, who rules in the West Bank, and Hamas, the fundamentalist Islamic movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip after ousting Abbas' forces in a brief armed battle in June 2007, reached an agreement on Thursday to reconcile their differences.
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OPINION
March 30, 2010
We never thought we'd praise a shortened school year -- at least not since we got out of school ourselves. But the agreement reached over the weekend by Los Angeles school administrators and union leaders to trim the school calendar by about a week this year and next was the best choice from a range of terrible options. Not that it's something to cheer about. The quantity of instructional time, not just the quality, is an important factor in student achievement. But L.A. Unified is running out of acceptable ways to cut costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Jason Song
El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor. The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000, beating 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High School finished second, about 200 points behind El Camino, a difference of about 10 questions. El Camino also narrowly edged Granada Hills in the California competition in March. The title is L.A. Unified's 15th national championship.
OPINION
February 3, 2010 | By Gloria R. Lothrop and Ralph E. Shaffer
As The Times continues to lead the parade to charterization of the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the most overused and misunderstood phrases on the paper's editorial page is "reform." Change is not necessarily reform. Genuine reform produces lasting, beneficial improvements and isn't concocted by editors or frustrated school boards willing to try just about anything. That was never more evident than during the debate over the current plan to allow outsiders to operate dozens of LAUSD campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2009 | Howard Blume
Leonard Britton, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District for three stormy years, has died at 78. Britton led two of the nation's largest school systems, leaving behind a successful legacy in Miami that he was unable to translate to Los Angeles before he resigned in 1990. In declining health in recent years, Britton died Sunday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, said his wife, Sherrill. During seven years in charge of the Miami-Dade County public schools, Britton developed well-regarded specialty schools, including one for pregnant teens, forged strong relations with the teachers union, developed a cadre of effective administrators and experimented early on with a school-based management concept that achieved widespread acceptance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992
Way to go, L.A. Unified. June is "Gay Rights Month?" Not where my kids go to school. And you are worried about vouchers? You just gave the kiss of death to public education (or manipulation). Bye Bye. MARILYN MAURER, Simi Valley
OPINION
December 4, 2009
Mr. Kravets stays on Re "Teaching for love, not money," Nov. 29 It's so great to hear that Bruce Kravets will be allowed to teach for free at Palms. I was in his class when I was in seventh grade -- I'm now at the University of Oregon -- and a strange thing happened: I actually enjoyed math. And I despise math. But in his class, it was different. Kravets is a wonderful teacher, and it would be a huge loss to Palms if he were unable to teach. Isaac Rosenthal Eugene, Ore. I always enjoy Steve Lopez's column, and this was no exception.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Tuesday that most students who attend schools outside of the district can continue to do so next year, a retreat from a recent, more restrictive policy that provoked an outcry from parents, other school districts and some members of his own Board of Education. But whether students who live in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be allowed to continue to attend schools elsewhere after the 2010-11 school year remains unresolved.
OPINION
April 1, 2010
Greener grass Re "Parents find it harder to ditch L.A. Unified," March 29 It is unfathomable that L.A. Unified has reached such depths that it needs to construct a Berlin Wall to prevent families within city limits from seeking educational opportunities elsewhere. Whose interests is it really taking to heart? This new policy will only increase disparities between the haves and have-nots, as those with resources are already in private schools or will flee there.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Karin Klein
The most troubling aspect of an internal Los Angeles Unified School District report on its purchase of iPads for its students isn't what it found out, but what it couldn't find out. As Times education writer Howard Blume reported this week, the scoring sheets used to rate different vendors for the district's technology purchase were lost, which hampered the investigation. Without them, the investigators would have had a hard job trying to figure out whether the contract went to the most highly rated contenders for the contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with their performance ratings, according to a tentative court ruling issued Thursday. A three-judge state appellate court panel tentatively found a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than publicly releasing them. Disclosure would not serve the public interest in monitoring the district's performance as much as it would affect the recruitment and retention of good instructors and other issues, the ruling said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with their performance ratings, according to a tentative court ruling issued Thursday. A three-judge state appellate court panel tentatively found a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than in publicly releasing them. Disclosure would not serve the public interest in monitoring the district's performance as much as it would affect the recruitment and retention of good instructors and other issues, the ruling said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teacher had alerted her principal about sexual misconduct by Mark Berndt, who was subsequently arrested and later convicted of lewd conduct. The Los Angeles Unified School District has sought broad confidentiality over documents related to the trial, including some depositions from key witnesses and records from the law-enforcement investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Joe Zeccola's classroom at Santee Education Complex is crammed full with 43 desks. When class is in session, students occupy every seat. That's the problem, said Zeccola, who teaches freshman English at the secondary school near downtown Los Angeles. Large classes are not conducive to student success. "Unless you're going to give me rollerskates and amphetamines, I don't know how I'm supposed to reach 43 students and add one-on-one interaction," he said. "It's not possible. When they [students]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Los Angeles Unified School District has received confirmation that a student from Dorsey High School was among those killed in Thursday's fiery bus crash in Northern California, officials said. Jennifer Bonilla, a senior at the school, had been unaccounted for since the collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with high school students heading to Humboldt State University. The crash killed 10, including five students . Supt. John Deasy said Saturday that Dorsey High Principal Reginald Sample spoke to Bonilla's mother, who confirmed her daughter's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2010 | By Howard Blume
A plan to let outside groups bid for control of dozens of long-struggling and new local campuses has unleashed a formidable competitor: Groups of teachers from inside the Los Angeles Unified School District are vying to take charge of their schools. At every location up for bid -- 12 existing schools and 18 new campuses -- teams of teachers and the L.A. teachers union are working nights and weekends to decide what to offer students and parents and what they would require of them and of themselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
In the wake of a costly, much-publicized fiasco, the payroll system of the nation's second-largest school district remains dangerously incomplete and inadequately monitored, a grand jury has concluded. The L.A. County Grand Jury annual report, released Wednesday, took aim at the malfunctioning payment system launched in January 2007 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For months, thousands were overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all. The grand jury investigation, which will not result in criminal charges, traveled well-worn ground in examining what went wrong, noting inadequate employee training and an insufficient trial run to work out glitches.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LAS VEGAS - Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews. Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare. " Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
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