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November 17, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a rural school district from posting the Ten Commandments in its offices--but the issue could become moot within a week. The lawsuit, prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the decision by trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District to display the biblical rules directly ignored a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits posting the commandments at schools.
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July 12, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The Val Verde Unified School District, which has been under scrutiny for spending state bond money on locker room whirlpools, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and other luxuries, sued the state this week for allegedly providing inadequate funding for school construction and imposing regulations that discriminate against poor school districts. "The state of California is defending a broken program," said Supt. C. Fred Workman, speaking to reporters at the district's Perris-based offices.
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November 14, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some folks in these dusty, rural flatlands of Riverside County call this the Bible Belt of Southern California. Indeed, passion for religious ethics runs so high that the local school board stands ready to break the law--as in the U.S. Constitution--to promote what it says are 10 more important laws established on Mt. Sinai 3,000 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a rural school district from posting the Ten Commandments in its offices--but the issue could become moot within a week. The lawsuit, prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the decision by trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District to display the biblical rules directly ignored a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits posting the commandments at schools.
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July 12, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The Val Verde Unified School District, which has been under scrutiny for spending state bond money on locker room whirlpools, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and other luxuries, sued the state this week for allegedly providing inadequate funding for school construction and imposing regulations that discriminate against poor school districts. "The state of California is defending a broken program," said Supt. C. Fred Workman, speaking to reporters at the district's Perris-based offices.
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October 22, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A man driving a stolen pickup smashed into the rear of a school bus carrying high school students in Mead Valley on Thursday morning, leaving 16 students hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries. The driver of the 1999 Ford pickup ran from the scene and was not apprehended, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Jim Whitney. Officers found at least five rifles inside the truck, which had been reported stolen from Orange County this week, Whitney said.
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April 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Perris middle school teacher arrested for allegedly trying to seduce a minor is free on bail, Riverside County jail records show. Jeffrey Rightmire, 41, of Murrieta, was arrested Tuesday by police after he allegedly sent harmful material by text and the Internet with the intent to seduce a minor, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department statement said. A spokesman for the Val Verde Unified School District said two students alerted school officials Monday that a girl was allegedly involved with a teacher on campus, according to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
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January 25, 1994
In response to "Ways Sought to Lead Poor Onto Information Highway," Jan. 11: One only needs to look at Val Verde Unified School District to see how it can be done. Val Verde School District, 15 miles south of Riverside, is composed of a very broad socioeconomic group. In five or six years we have gone from a handful of computers to almost 1,000 computers in the district. The article quoted MacWorld Magazine's Charles Piller, saying that the computer in the classroom should go to the teacher first, and that there should be sophisticated in-service training.
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February 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong
Officials at three school districts that hired a former teacher now accused of sexually assaulting two female students -- one of whom made her accusations public in a YouTube video -- said that each time, she passed all necessary background checks. Riverside County prosecutors filed felony charges Monday against 40-year-old Andrea Michelle Cardosa, who was arrested later in the day. Cardosa -- who resigned from her post as vice principal at Alhambra High School shortly after the YouTube video surfaced --  faces 16 counts related to aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, officials said.
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November 23, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reaffirming their belief that their schoolchildren lack a moral compass, trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District nonetheless voted Monday night to rescind their earlier decision to post the Ten Commandments at school offices. The district, said school board President Robert Givens, could not afford the legal fees to fight the issue in court, where the matter was headed after a lawsuit was filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
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November 14, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some folks in these dusty, rural flatlands of Riverside County call this the Bible Belt of Southern California. Indeed, passion for religious ethics runs so high that the local school board stands ready to break the law--as in the U.S. Constitution--to promote what it says are 10 more important laws established on Mt. Sinai 3,000 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The current flap over public prayer at high school football games in Texas is merely a new twist on the politicization of religion seen this year in demands to post the Ten Commandments in schools, most recently in Riverside County's Val Verde Unified School District. In the Texas dispute, the student-led public football prayers at a school near Galveston go beyond accommodating the religious rights of students.
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