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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1997
School Supt. Ruben Zacarias is getting tough on administrators and principals, demanding, as he promised when he sought this job, new accountability at the district's 100 lowest-performing schools. Principals at these schools must improve their students' test scores within two years or face demotion or dismissal, he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ordered Supt. Ruben Zacarias to devise a comprehensive, five-year plan that charts a new course for the city's public school system and its 700,000 students. Acting on a motion by board member Caprice Young, the board asked Zacarias to present it with a draft of the plan by January.
NEWS
January 15, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Like a hero returning to his hometown, Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ruben Zacarias spent his last day on the job Friday reading to students and counseling teachers at the modest Boyle Heights school he attended as a boy 65 years ago. "This is where it all started, and this is where I want it to end," the 71-year-old veteran said before getting down to the business of reading "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss to a kindergarten class at Breed Street Elementary School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1998
Supt. Ruben Zacarias, now seven months on the job, has outlined an ambitious vision for Los Angeles' public schools. Whether he can turn that vision to reality depends on many factors, including his own level of determination, and whether the school unions give him substantial support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1997
Los Angeles school Supt. Ruben Zacarias has pledged to spend an additional $4.5 million on textbooks this year, an increase of nearly 50% per student at the high school level. The size of the increase reflects the depth of the need in a school district where far too few students have textbooks they can take home. Zacarias says his proposal is a beginning, and he has directed staff members to identify more funds that can be spent on textbooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1997 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Unveiling specifics of his plans for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Deputy Supt. Ruben Zacarias said Wednesday that if promoted to superintendent he would dedicate himself to improving student achievement.
OPINION
July 6, 1997
It is now Ruben Zacarias' turn. The new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District inherits a troubled, overcrowded district. A veteran of the system for more than 30 years, Zacarias knows the problems intimately. The question is: What can he do about them? The former deputy superintendent promised a great deal during his campaign for the top LAUSD job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled an interview today with Ramon C. Cortines, its primary candidate for interim successor to Supt. Ruben Zacarias, but talks on the superintendent's departure appeared unlikely to conclude before Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1999 | ANTONIA HERNANDEZ, Antonia Hernandez is president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
The Los Angeles school board last week demonstrated that it can move quickly on district business if it wants to. However, it's unfortunate that its action to strip Supt. Ruben Zacarias of direct oversight of the district was its defining moment of expediency. The board's actions were ill-conceived, illegal and will do nothing to resolve the issues that some board members purport to care so deeply about.
OPINION
April 6, 2006 | Andrew Cohen, ANDREW COHEN is CBS News' chief legal analyst.
IT ONLY GETS WORSE from here for jurors in Zacarias Moussaoui's case, who earlier this week voted unanimously to continue his capital sentencing trial by linking him beyond a reasonable doubt to the 9/11 hijacking plot. Now those same folks, who already have given so much of their time and energy, will hear and see and feel the brunt of the emotional force left in the wake of those terror attacks.
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