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December 12, 1996
Los Angeles school board member Victoria Castro announced Wednesday that she will seek reelection this spring to the seat she first won in 1993. The former middle school principal, who currently is the Los Angeles Unified School District board's vice president, vowed to build more neighborhood schools to lessen the need to bus children. Castro has been a strong advocate for the Belmont Learning Center, where she made her reelection announcement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
The Board of Education this week appointed a 14-member citizens committee to help guide its nationwide search for a superintendent to replace Ruben Zacarias, who plans to step down Jan. 15. The committee of parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, community leaders--and one student--will assist in weighing the merits of candidates and help the board avoid the kind of ethnic politics that marked Zacarias' early departure after two years on the job. Interim Supt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1999
Re "Principal Sought Help as Hostility Grew', Feb 4. It is incredible that Los Angeles School Board President Victoria Castro would question the right of Norman Bernstein to be a principal at a school in which the students are of a different ethnicity than he. It is especially shocking to read that Castro's segregationist comments were made on the same day that Bernstein was beaten up by two thugs, who allegedly told him, " We don't want you...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the Los Angeles Unified School District lurches through its latest crisis, a host of would-be saviors have emerged to try to fashion a compromise that would salvage Supt. Ruben Zacarias' dignity while letting the school board take more control of its operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1999
Victoria Castro's column, "Criticism of Belmont Project Is Unfounded" (Commentary, April 9), visibly illustrates why the LAUSD is badly out of touch with reality. It clearly places the protection of school board members and the teachers union above the protection of its students. What's wrong with this equation? Everyone acknowledges that Los Angeles' inner city needs newer and better schools. However, attempting to justify in any way, shape or form, the siting of a school on or adjacent to a toxic waste dump replete with carcinogenic chemicals is just plain wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
The Board of Education this week appointed a 14-member citizens committee to help guide its nationwide search for a superintendent to replace Ruben Zacarias, who plans to step down Jan. 15. The committee of parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, community leaders--and one student--will assist in weighing the merits of candidates and help the board avoid the kind of ethnic politics that marked Zacarias' early departure after two years on the job. Interim Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999
In laying the blame for "substandard education" of Los Angeles schoolchildren at the feet of the LAUSD board, the Committee on Effective School Governance (Feb. 18) overlooked several important factors having a far greater impact on student achievement in this district than any issues related to governance. For example, the LAUSD board did not: 1. Reduce state per-pupil spending from fifth in the nation to 42nd over a 30-year period. 2. Manufacture the recession of the early '90s, which necessitated huge cuts in support services to schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO and NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Tuesday that the head of the school board should "go home and wash her mouth out with soap" for sympathizing with Latino parents who want to oust a Valley school principal because he isn't Latino. Riordan called the comments by board President Victoria Castro, made shortly after the principal said he was beaten unconscious by anti-white assailants, "very inflammatory and indiscreet."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The chronically bickering Los Angeles Board of Education elected Eastside member Victoria Castro its new president Wednesday, once again dismissing the incumbent before she could serve the customary second term. Castro, a former school principal and once a leader of Chicano student walkouts, quickly showed that she plans to rule with a firm hand, several times cutting other members off in mid-sentence in an attempt to keep her first meeting moving.
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October 14, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The big question at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Wednesday was: "Who's in charge of this place?" Supt. Ruben Zacarias steadfastly refused to give up direct authority over the city public school system's chain of command, although a day earlier the Los Angeles Board of Education had appointed former board member Howard Miller as chief executive. The board's order was precise: "All other departments, divisions and units of every kind of the LAUSD will report to Mr.
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October 19, 1999 | DOUG SMITH and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Los Angeles school board President Genethia Hayes warned Monday that Supt. Ruben Zacarias is making "an employment decision" if he refuses to accept chief executive Howard Miller's sole authority over district staff. Hayes and board member Caprice Young spoke at a news conference of the risks to Zacarias if he persists in questioning the board's decision to put a CEO in charge of all day-to-day district operations.
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October 14, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The big question at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Wednesday was: "Who's in charge of this place?" Supt. Ruben Zacarias steadfastly refused to give up direct authority over the city public school system's chain of command, although a day earlier the Los Angeles Board of Education had appointed former board member Howard Miller as chief executive. The board's order was precise: "All other departments, divisions and units of every kind of the LAUSD will report to Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1999
Victoria Castro's column, "Criticism of Belmont Project Is Unfounded" (Commentary, April 9), visibly illustrates why the LAUSD is badly out of touch with reality. It clearly places the protection of school board members and the teachers union above the protection of its students. What's wrong with this equation? Everyone acknowledges that Los Angeles' inner city needs newer and better schools. However, attempting to justify in any way, shape or form, the siting of a school on or adjacent to a toxic waste dump replete with carcinogenic chemicals is just plain wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999
In laying the blame for "substandard education" of Los Angeles schoolchildren at the feet of the LAUSD board, the Committee on Effective School Governance (Feb. 18) overlooked several important factors having a far greater impact on student achievement in this district than any issues related to governance. For example, the LAUSD board did not: 1. Reduce state per-pupil spending from fifth in the nation to 42nd over a 30-year period. 2. Manufacture the recession of the early '90s, which necessitated huge cuts in support services to schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1999
Re "Principal Sought Help as Hostility Grew', Feb 4. It is incredible that Los Angeles School Board President Victoria Castro would question the right of Norman Bernstein to be a principal at a school in which the students are of a different ethnicity than he. It is especially shocking to read that Castro's segregationist comments were made on the same day that Bernstein was beaten up by two thugs, who allegedly told him, " We don't want you...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO and NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Tuesday that the head of the school board should "go home and wash her mouth out with soap" for sympathizing with Latino parents who want to oust a Valley school principal because he isn't Latino. Riordan called the comments by board President Victoria Castro, made shortly after the principal said he was beaten unconscious by anti-white assailants, "very inflammatory and indiscreet."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO and NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Tuesday that the head of the school board should "go home and wash her mouth out with soap" for saying she sympathized with Latino parents who want to oust a Valley school principal because he is not a Latino, comments she made shortly after the principal said he was beaten unconscious by anti-white assailants.
NEWS
October 19, 1999 | DOUG SMITH and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Los Angeles school board President Genethia Hayes warned Monday that Supt. Ruben Zacarias is making "an employment decision" if he refuses to accept chief executive Howard Miller's sole authority over district staff. Hayes and board member Caprice Young spoke at a news conference of the risks to Zacarias if he persists in questioning the board's decision to put a CEO in charge of all day-to-day district operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO and NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Tuesday that the head of the school board should "go home and wash her mouth out with soap" for saying she sympathized with Latino parents who want to oust a Valley school principal because he is not a Latino, comments she made shortly after the principal said he was beaten unconscious by anti-white assailants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The chronically bickering Los Angeles Board of Education elected Eastside member Victoria Castro its new president Wednesday, once again dismissing the incumbent before she could serve the customary second term. Castro, a former school principal and once a leader of Chicano student walkouts, quickly showed that she plans to rule with a firm hand, several times cutting other members off in mid-sentence in an attempt to keep her first meeting moving.
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