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April 21, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, disregarding arguments that alcoholism is a disease requiring special treatment rather than a voluntary condition, ruled Wednesday that the government may routinely exclude alcoholics from some of its benefit programs. On a 4-3 vote, the justices upheld a Veterans Administration rule classifying alcoholism as "willful misconduct" disqualifying veterans from education benefits and disability payments.
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March 13, 2014 | By Jason Song
The Los Angeles Community College District has selected a veteran educator to be its next chancellor, officials said Thursday. Francisco Rodriguez, 51, has been president and superintendent of the MiraCosta Community College District in north San Diego County for the last five years. He replaces Daniel LaVista, who announced his resignation in early 2013. Adriana Barrera has served as interim chancellor since last summer while L.A. district officials conducted a search for a permanent executive.
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July 17, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Military veterans enrolled at Mission College say their educational opportunities will be severely impacted if veterans programs are cut to make up a $2-million shortfall in the school's operating budget. About 10 veterans and veterans' advocates aired their concerns Wednesday at an hourlong meeting with college President William Norlund and Benny Scott, dean of academic affairs.
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February 18, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, a USC professor and former local superintendent in L.A. Unified, to be a “liaison” to the board district until a special election is held in June. The 5-0 vote was taken in public after the private meeting, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist.
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February 18, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, a USC professor and former local superintendent in L.A. Unified, to be a “liaison” to the board district until a special election is held in June. The 5-0 vote was taken in public after the private meeting, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist.
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January 23, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
After 36 years in public education, Robert G. Sampica has climbed to the top post in the Fountain Valley School District. District trustees announced his appointment as superintendent last week. Sampica, who was the district's deputy superintendent, had assumed the role of interim superintendent in July when Ruben L. Ingram retired. "In these troubled times, we decided we should keep someone we're happy with," Board President Catherine Hacker said.
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July 2, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Louis G. Zeyen, veteran educator and onetime superintendent of the former Alamitos School District, died June 16 in Santa Cruz. He was 75. A memorial service for Zeyen is planned for July 19 at 2 p.m. in the Garden Grove Friends Church, 12211 Magnolia St. Zeyen served as superintendent of the Alamitos School District for the 12 years before it was consolidated into Garden Grove Unified. Dr. Louis G. Zeyen Elementary School in Garden Grove was named for the administrator when it opened in 1960.
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June 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Community College District board Thursday named the first permanent president to head Southwest College in more than five years. Audre Levy, 56, will take over the 6,700-student campus east of Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 1. Levy, provost of Edison Community College in Naples, Fla., was selected after three searches by the district. "My job will be to navigate the waters between those happy with having a new leader with a new style and those who aren't," Levy said.
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June 28, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Don Brann, the former head of the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne, was selected Friday to lead Inglewood Unified - the third person to take the helm after the state takeover of the financially troubled school district. Brann, who most recently served as interim superintendent of the San Gabriel Unified School District, will start next week. Brann has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in several school districts across the state for more than 40 years. He was superintendent at Wiseburn for 15. His experience and judgment make him an ideal candidate to help Inglewood schools return to local control, said state Supt.
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June 13, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LORI HAYCOX and DEBRA CANO
Bill Langan, principal of Jordan Elementary School and Jordan Secondary Learning Center, has been appointed director of special education and student services for the Garden Grove Unified School District. In his new position, Langan will oversee programs for the district's 4,200 special education students and direct health and child welfare services. He also will manage the district's discipline committee.
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June 28, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Don Brann, the former head of the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne, was selected Friday to lead Inglewood Unified - the third person to take the helm after the state takeover of the financially troubled school district. Brann, who most recently served as interim superintendent of the San Gabriel Unified School District, will start next week. Brann has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in several school districts across the state for more than 40 years. He was superintendent at Wiseburn for 15. His experience and judgment make him an ideal candidate to help Inglewood schools return to local control, said state Supt.
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June 13, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
When veteran educator Arturo Delgado takes over as the superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education next month, he will face a formidable challenge: charting a new course for an unheralded but powerful agency that has been hammered by budget cuts and faulted for failing to adequately educate the troubled and incarcerated youth it serves. Delgado was chosen for the post by the county Board of Supervisors last week after a closed-door meeting. He was one of five finalists for the position that was vacated last August when Darline P. Robles retired amid controversies over the safety and academic progress of students in detention facilities.
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June 20, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
The House on Thursday approved a new GI Bill, with a significant expansion of veterans' education benefits, as part of a war-spending measure that will pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next year and also provide aid for the jobless.
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September 4, 2006 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Even if Doris Tennant Westcott had not become a pioneering educator in Compton or served with distinction in the WAVES during World War II or helped students in financial need after her retirement, she would have still had a historic place at USC. For Doris Tennant Westcott, class of 1930, was the school's first Helen of Troy. Westcott, who died May 16 at age 98, will be honored Wednesday at a memorial service at the university, where she made national headlines in 1928.
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November 15, 2002 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A veteran educator was appointed Thursday to head an ambitious plan to spend $100 million in tobacco taxes to provide universal preschool in Los Angeles County. Karen Hill-Scott, co-founder of the Los Angeles child care agency Crystal Stairs, will be charged with implementing a 10-year project to provide free, full-day preschool to more than 100,000 3- and 4-year-olds in the county.
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July 5, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeanne Bentley, veteran teacher and counselor who spent her purported retirement years as member and president of the Board of Education of Glendale Unified School District, has died. She was 79. Bentley died Saturday at Verdugo Hills Hospital. No specific cause of death was given. Even when she was listing her occupation as "homemaker," Bentley was devoted to educating young people.
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August 5, 1988 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Judith Valles, a veteran teacher and administrator at San Bernardino Valley College, on Thursday was named president of Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Valles, 54, becomes the fourth president in Golden West's 22-year history and the first woman ever to head the 14,000-student community college. Valles will be paid about $72,000 a year, said college trustee Sherry Baum.
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July 5, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeanne Bentley, veteran teacher and counselor who spent her purported retirement years as member and president of the Board of Education of Glendale Unified School District, has died. She was 79. Bentley died Saturday at Verdugo Hills Hospital. No specific cause of death was given. Even when she was listing her occupation as "homemaker," Bentley was devoted to educating young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Community College District board Thursday named the first permanent president to head Southwest College in more than five years. Audre Levy, 56, will take over the 6,700-student campus east of Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 1. Levy, provost of Edison Community College in Naples, Fla., was selected after three searches by the district. "My job will be to navigate the waters between those happy with having a new leader with a new style and those who aren't," Levy said.
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September 26, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even in the acrimonious universe of contract negotiations, the Orange Unified School District's 18-month labor dispute with its teachers is a battle royal. Both sides hurl charges and accusations at each other almost daily, even though there have been no negotiating sessions since May.
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