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September 30, 1992 | JULIE KORENSTEIN, Julie Korenstein represents the western San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles on the school board.
When Los Angeles schools Supt. William Anton announced his resignation last week after only 26 months on the job, he blamed board members for forcing him out. It would have been wiser for him to say that his reasons for leaving now--during the greatest economic crisis in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District-- was because of personal problems, because budget problems were overwhelming, because the state chose to balance its budget on the backs of our children.
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October 3, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of his last official acts as superintendent, retired Los Angeles Unified School District chief Bill Anton rescinded disciplinary actions taken earlier this year against more than a dozen district fiscal managers who were blamed for a massive midyear budget shortfall, sources said Friday. In letters sent out to board members and other officials this week, Anton revoked the suspensions given to some of the district's highest-ranking administrators.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990
A partnership of business and grass-roots community groups called Kids 1st on Wednesday criticized the recent selection "behind closed doors" of Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. William Anton. At a press conference outside school district headquarters, Kids 1st officials said they were not opposed to Anton personally but did not like the selection process, which they said was conducted without outside recommendations.
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October 1, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emotional farewell Wednesday, Los Angeles schools chief Bill Anton told co-workers that the mammoth school system he served for more than 40 years will survive its current fiscal crisis, and urged them to rise above the ethnic divisions that could tear it apart. Anton's parting words followed a teary salute from schoolchildren, board members and district staff who presented the district's first Latino superintendent with commendations, poetry and music.
NEWS
October 22, 1990
The Friends of the School of Education, Cal State L.A., will honor William Anton, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a Cal State-L.A. alumnus, at its first Distinguished Educator Award Dinner Nov. 2. A permanently endowed scholarship will be established in Anton's name and in the names of distinguished educators honored at future annual dinners. This year's event will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Almansor Court in Alhambra. Information: (213) 343-4300.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
William Anton, deputy superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its highest-ranking Latino, has told district officials that he will retire at the end of this school year. Once a finalist for the superintendent's job that was won by Leonard Britton, Anton, a 37-year district veteran, is the first of the upper-echelon old guard to leave since Supt. Harry Handler retired almost 2 1/2 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1990
I see that the Los Angeles Unified School District Board has done it again. It never ceases to amaze me how totally ignorant the board can be in terms of spending the taxpayers' money. Without reflecting on the person of William Anton, who I am sure is competent, I can only say that the manner in which his surprise selection took place reflects once again the arrogance of the school board (Part A, July 17). Not only have they "bought out the contract" and dismissed Dr. Leonard Britton who had one more year on his contact, but they moved in secret to appoint a superintendent from within the system, a system that has a rather poor image in the city, state and nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1989 | ELAINE WOO and SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writers
A divided Los Angeles Board of Education narrowly approved hefty salary raises for administrators late Monday, despite complaints from teachers and some state legislators that district managers already are overpaid. The board voted 4 to 3 to give top management a 16% raise over two years. The vote was 7 to 0 in favor of giving middle management, such as principals, a 24% increase over three years--the same raise teachers won after a nine-day strike in May. At the same time, the board formally ratified a new teachers' contract, which provides a 24% three-year salary raise and a larger role for teachers in making decisions on how schools should be run. As of late Monday the board had approved cuts totaling $43 million, although it had not yet voted on a tentative $3.8-billion budget for 1989-90.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1987
William J. Johnston, past superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, put forth in The Times (Opinion, May 24) some of the most bizarre ideas and rationalizations as to why Leonard M. Britton was the correct choice to succeed Harry Handler as superintendent of the district. According to Johnston, "Board members were faced with the dilemma of picking a deputy superintendent representing one ethnic group and thus probably alienating another." Let's set the record straight.
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August 21, 1990 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
After a heated session, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted 6 to 1 on Monday to approve proposals to give 27 schools more autonomy and allow them to operate outside of formal district policies. The vote followed a lengthy debate about whether the board should grant all 27 schools waivers of district policies when many of their restructuring plans appear to fall short of the goal of raising student achievement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992 | JULIE KORENSTEIN, Julie Korenstein represents the western San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles on the school board.
When Los Angeles schools Supt. William Anton announced his resignation last week after only 26 months on the job, he blamed board members for forcing him out. It would have been wiser for him to say that his reasons for leaving now--during the greatest economic crisis in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District-- was because of personal problems, because budget problems were overwhelming, because the state chose to balance its budget on the backs of our children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Offering no apologies and expressing few regrets, Los Angeles Unified School District chief Bill Anton said he hopes his abrupt resignation will force the nation's second-largest school system to re-examine its governing structure and find ways to soothe the tensions that divide its teachers and other employees.
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September 24, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the wake of Los Angeles schools Supt. Bill Anton's sudden resignation, some fingers are pointing again at the district's influential teachers union and its high-profile tactics to stop proposed record pay cuts. Anton, the second superintendent in as many years to leave the district after repeated hammering by United Teachers-Los Angeles, says one of the chief reasons behind his decision was interference by the union in board policy-making and district management.
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September 23, 1992 | LARRY GORDON and JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
Bill Anton, superintendent of the sprawling and money-strapped Los Angeles Unified School District for the last 26 months, announced his resignation Tuesday, contending that opposition from the teachers union and "micro-management" by the school board made it impossible to continue. The Los Angeles Board of Education met in closed session for nearly seven hours Tuesday, seeking to appoint an interim leader for the nation's second-largest school district after Anton departs Sept. 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Los Angeles Unified School District officials struggle to come to grips with the sudden resignation of Supt. Bill Anton, the immediate task ahead will be the selection of a successor--a process some say could be as wrenching as the events that led to his decision to step down. School board President Leticia Quezada said Tuesday the board expects by the end of this week to appoint an interim superintendent to replace Anton when he leaves Sept. 30.
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August 9, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District's teachers union on Saturday called for the ouster of Supt. Bill Anton and outlined aggressive plans to enlist the support of civic and business leaders to fight double-digit cuts in teacher salaries. "The movers and shakers of this city must understand that they will hurt if we hurt," Helen Bernstein, president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, told 700 of the union's school-based representatives at an annual leadership conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1990 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles school Supt. William Anton said Monday he will recommend approval of proposals to give 27 schools more autonomy despite concerns raised by some Board of Education members that more multicultural programs are needed. Anton said some of the proposals were not as visionary as he might have hoped, but he praised others for their innovation. "Change may be uncomfortable . . . and there may be some reluctance," Anton said at Monday's school board meeting.
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July 24, 1990 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In his first official act as superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, William R. Anton on Monday announced that he will give up the bodyguard-driver assigned to some of his predecessors and send him instead to be a security officer "for a school that needs it most." His announcement, an acknowledgement that the bodyguard's job had become a symbol of "administrative fat" to some critics, touched off some of the heartiest cheers of a morning filled with celebration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gearing up for yet another round of deep budget cuts, Los Angeles Schools Supt. Bill Anton on Monday proposed $400 million in spending reductions for the next fiscal year that would dig into district administration, shorten the school year and require employees to take more cuts in compensation.
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February 7, 1992 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Bill Anton, whose brief tenure has fallen during one of the worst financial crises to strike the district in years, has had his contract extended another year, according to officials. During a closed-door session held in late January, the Los Angeles school board decided not to exercise an option to terminate Anton's contract before a Feb. 1 deadline, thereby automatically extending it through June 30, 1993.
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