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  • One Reporter’s Opinion - Teachers Brutalized in L.A. Barrio Schools

    11/21/2007 1:50:06 PM PST · by westcoastwillieg · 48 replies · 172+ views ^ | 11/21/07 | George Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that it is time to take a look at the plight of a battle-scarred substitute teacher in the Los Angeles barrios. ... a substitute teacher who graduated from UCLA with high honors, is fluent in Spanish, and is a professional screenwriter. To make ends meet, she began as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). After several harrowing experiences, she now says there is no teaching going on at LAUSD, only confinement – the kind one might find in a penal colony, complete with wardens and bullhorns. And she says she’s...
  • Ex-LAPD insider: corrupt Democrats have deliberately turned LA schools into war zone

    11/19/2007 6:06:10 AM PST · by connell · 37 replies · 90+ views
    ...after 30 years of the institutionalized intellectual vandalism of our city’s most precious and needy children, when will we call it DELIBERATE regularity? If LAUSD was a private company, it would have collapsed a generation ago like the stinking necrotic tumor it is. LAUSD is a criminal enterprise – a $30 billion dollar (allegedly $11B operations, $21B construction) protection racket that extorts tax dollars under the pretext of improvement and higher scores. It makes schools I’ve seen in Calcutta, Rio, and Nairobi look like Cal Tech and MIT. ....LAUSD makes us lament the good old days before Brown v. Board...
  • Discord roils L.A. Unified parent panel

    11/11/2007 10:29:38 PM PST · by ruination · 38 replies · 114+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 10, 2007 | Howard Blume
    Acrimony with racial overtones has plagued the advisory council. The key issue: whether meetings in Spanish should be allowed.For months, parents on a Los Angeles Unified School District advisory council have disagreed over whether their meetings should be conducted in Spanish or English. Such arguments became so abusive that district officials canceled meetings for two months and brought in dispute-resolution specialists and mental-health counselors. But Friday morning's gathering of the District Advisory Council proved dysfunctional in any language. By one vote, parents censured their own chairman for alleged bad behavior, leading to a walkout of most Spanish-speakers. The rebuked chairman,...
  • A Day in the Life of a Middle School Teacher

    09/04/2007 6:11:12 PM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 72 replies · 2,522+ views
    My seething mind | 09/04/07 | Moi
    Perhaps I'm just not that good at it. It's only my fourth year. They say it takes practice.I am standing at the door of my classroom. It is 7:24am in Los Angeles, and my homeroom students are trickling in listlessly. "Good morning. Please get your book out." I say to each group as they wander in. "Good morning, please get your book out. Good morning, please get your book out."I say it about 10 times. It is school policy to use the 20 minutes of homeroom for silent reading, to set the right tone for a day of schoolwork, and...
  • Foreign teachers fill a need at LAUSD (hiring teachers from India, Philipines, Spain and Canada)

    08/20/2007 4:50:30 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 27 replies · 1,161+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/20/07 | BY NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN, Staff Writer
    Four hours after arriving at her Los Angeles hotel from the Philippines, a jet-lagged Lolita Magno was thrown into a nonstop schedule of orientations, training sessions, paperwork and getting documents both for her new life in America and her new job teaching science at a Los Angeles Unified school. Despite pangs of homesickness and the uncertainties of a foreign environment, Magno knows she's begun a three-year journey that will offer her invaluable experience and knowledge she'll take back to her students in the Philippines. She thought it an ideal match: She'd bring her degree in science where it's needed and...
  • CA: State accused of inflating exit exam data

    05/08/2007 10:18:56 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 8 replies · 482+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/8/07 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
    California education officials put forth artificially positive results on the number of students who passed the state's controversial high school exit exam last year, according to a recent UCLA study. The analysis also concluded that about 50,000 fewer students statewide earned diplomas last year compared to previous years, raising the prospect that the exit exam requirement is pressuring students to drop out. The decline in graduation rates was most pronounced in poor, heavily minority areas, the study found. "We've constructed a system that sets in place incentives for disinformation," said John Rogers, the study's author and co-director of UCLA's Institute...
  • LAUSD "reconquista" charter school sues Doug McIntyre (KABC) for slander

    04/18/2007 10:52:44 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 17 replies · 1,284+ views
    CBS2 ^ | 4/18/07
    Officials from a Los Angeles charter school are suing KABC-AM (790) and "McIntyre in the Morning" host Doug McIntyre for slander, alleging the school was the target of an on-air, racist campaign that led to a bomb scare. Academia Semillas Del Pueblo and its principal director of operations, Marcos Aguilar, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are seeking unspecified general, compensatory and punitive damages. "McIntyre implemented a premeditated scheme to bring down the school at all costs because the school educated predominately ... Latino-indigenous children in a non-Western European format," according to the lawsuit. According to...
  • The New Forced Segregation (Celebrating Diversity)

    04/04/2007 6:04:31 PM PDT · by LNewman · 8 replies · 650+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | March 6, 2007 | Aaron Hanscom
    Celebrating diversity has become one of the main goals of American schools. Students are being taught to think of themselves primarily as members of different ethnic groups, while being discouraged from developing an American identity. Consider the case of Mount Diablo High School in Concord, California. Mount Diablo's website states that students will "celebrate diversity by being respectful to all walks of life." In keeping with that ethos, last month the school divided students by ethnicity for separate assemblies. School officials explained that the purpose of segregating the students was to talk about test scores, recognize achievements and celebrate different...
  • LAUSD hits new low on API

    03/28/2007 1:12:06 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 10 replies · 147+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/28/07 | NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN, Staff Writer
    Already lagging behind their statewide counterparts, Los Angeles Unified high school students took a precipitous plunge on newly released Academic Performance Index scores, dropping 20 points from the previous year. The LAUSD's elementary and middle school students made steady progress on tests that measure math and English-language skills, but still were well below the statewide averages, according to a California Department of Education report released Tuesday. In a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., where he is lobbying for more federal money for education, Superintendent David Brewer III said the high-school score reflects the stubborn achievement gap between white and minority...
  • CA: Judge blocks L.A. school takeover law

    12/21/2006 7:41:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 554+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/06 | Daisy Nguyen - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A judge on Thursday struck down a law granting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa partial control of the nation's second-largest school district. The law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, violated the state constitution by interfering with the governing authority of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, Superior Court Judge Dzintra I. Janavs ruled. "The statute makes drastic changes in the local governance of the LAUSD giving the mayor a role that is unprecedented in California," she wrote. A coalition of parents, students and administrators sued in October, contending the law takes too much power away from the...
  • Kill Your Teacher: Corruption And Racism in Los Angeles City Schools

    11/14/2006 2:38:56 PM PST · by Main Street · 83 replies · 4,035+ views
    frontpagemag ^ | November 13, 2006 | Lee Kaplan
    Nachum Shifren is an ordained rabbi in Los Angeles who spent 18 years of his life as a secondary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was also known as the "Surfing Rabbi" because of his abilities as a former professional surfer. He is quite familiar with youth culture and can be a pretty hip fellow -- despite his long beard, yarmulke and phylacteries that hang from his waistband. His level of coolness, however, never prepared him for a public school system where he received a death threat in class by a student and, on another day,...
  • CA: LAUSD building cash may fall short - Additional bond might be needed

    10/19/2006 9:50:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 277+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/19/06 | Naush Boghossian
    Los Angeles Unified's massive school-construction project faces an estimated $2 billion shortfall fueled by soaring building costs, Superintendent Roy Romer warned Wednesday. Despite four bond measures and state support totaling nearly $19.2 billion over the past decade, Romer told the bond oversight committee that more steps need to be taken to shore up the program and fill the looming gap. While Romer said he didn't believe another bond would be needed, committee chairwoman Connie Rice said that if costs continue to escalate at this pace all options will be on the table - including a possible fifth bond measure. Romer,...
  • CA: Mayor's Capitol power working - LAUSD reform on winning track

    08/28/2006 10:32:30 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 271+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08/27/2006 | NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's fast-tracked legislation to gain control of Los Angeles area public schools faces a key Senate vote today, just days before the legislative session runs out. But even as lawmakers race against the clock, nearly all observers say approval has been virtually assured by an intensive lobbying campaign and the nearly unprecedented support of a powerhouse coalition of political leaders. While few in the Capitol halls say they are publicly willing to discuss - or even acknowledge knowing about - any specific political favors being traded to keep the mayor's legislation moving, most agree the wrangling has been...
  • A Mexican 'Separatist' School in L.A.?

    08/24/2006 5:25:12 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 19 replies · 906+ views
    Human Events ^ | Aug. 24, 2006 | Tom Fitton
    Should American taxpayers be forced to pay for a self-segregating school that teaches children to hate the United States? That is apparently what is happening in Los Angeles. Academia Semillos del Pueblo (ASDP), a charter school partially funded by the Los Angeles Unified School District, claims it only wants to help disadvantaged Latinos to earn a quality education. The school's true agenda, however, is far more radical and far more dangerous. Judicial Watch recently launched an investigation of the ASDP by filing a California Public Records Act request. Here is a small sampling of what we've uncovered so far: The...
  • Special texts for immigrant learners urged

    08/11/2006 2:28:06 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 25 replies · 594+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 09/11/06 | By Judy Lin -- Bee Capitol Bureau
    Hoping to appeal to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's immigrant roots, educators and legislators Thursday called on the Austrian-born leader to support the use of special textbooks geared toward students born outside the United States. "You're also an immigrant. You still know exactly what I'm talking about, governor," Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Whittier, said during a news conference promoting her bill aimed at bridging the gap between native and non-native students. Senate Bill 1769 would require the state Board of Education to develop an approach to teaching reading and writing that incorporates English instruction for non-native speakers. Advocates envision textbooks and teaching materials...
  • CA: Mayor (Villaraigosa) Raises More Than $1 Million for School Takeover Bid

    07/29/2006 12:15:09 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 306+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2006 | Jeffrey L. Rabin and Duke Helfand
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had raised nearly $1.1 million by the end of June to fund his campaign to wrest control of the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to finance reports filed Friday. The largest contribution by far came from A. Jerrold Perenchio, chairman of Los Angeles-based Univision Communications, who gave $500,000. Altogether, Villaraigosa's campaign to promote restructuring of the nation's second-largest school district received $1,075,000 from 10 donors by the end of last month. Three donors gave $100,000 apiece: shopping center operator Westfield Group; Chicago-based AP Properties Ltd.; and David I. Fisher, chief investment officer of Capital Group Investment...
  • CA: Mayor set to appoint new schools aide to ease takeover bid (Villaraigosa taps Ramon Cortines)

    07/25/2006 10:15:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 238+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/25/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES In his bid for more power over public schools, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is set to appoint a veteran educator to a post designed to ease tensions between City Hall and public school officials opposed to the plan, the Los Angeles Times reported. Ramon C. Cortines, who served six months as interim superintendent of the L.A. Unified school district in 2000, is scheduled to be named deputy mayor for education, youth and families Tuesday. Cortines did not say whether he supports state legislation that would grant Villaraigosa say in district management a proposal that has drawn fire from the...
  • Propagada from the California Charter School Association and Academia Semilla del Pueblo(BARF ALERT)

    06/12/2006 9:35:50 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 19 replies · 1,226+ views
    California Charter School of America | June 7,2006 | Gary Larson
    Guys this is a propaganda piece from the California Charter Schools Association in support of Marcus Aguilar and his school. It was released on June 7, 2006 and it flew under the radar. Since I like taking news that have been thrown in the garbage, I thought I would share it with you. What is interesting is the press release are filled with lies and it tries to promote Mr. Aguilar and the make up of the school itself. This "press release also tries to blame us(even though it does not name us) for the dissiminating bad information and inflammantory...
  • LAUSD's Reptilian Defense (La Raza-funded, racist school a victim of racism?)

    06/12/2006 6:51:55 AM PDT · by connell · 6 replies · 313+ views
    As the controversy surrounding LAUSD's Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School continues, many people still support this La Raza-funded Aztlan madrassa. In our LAUSD Parent Group, Annie explained the attack on Academia Semillas was "rooted in racism tied to the immigration debate." (Sigh) If you spend time in the Middle East, you'll learn that every bad thing on the planet is tied to Israel and Jews. From stubbed toes and drought to broken light bulbs and cancer, Jews are the epithet that explains...
  • CA: Principal says he didn't order assault of KABC-AM reporter - Academia Semillas del Pueblo

    06/07/2006 9:43:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 888+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/7/06 | Oskar Garcia - ap
    The principal of a Los Angeles charter elementary school said Wednesday that neither he nor his staff ordered the assault of a KABC-AM radio reporter last week. Sandy Wells, the reporter working for KABC's morning show, "McIntyre in the Morning," was allegedly assaulted outside the school last week by a man demanding his audio tape. Station officials said Wells was also followed as he drove away. Rumors of Aguilar's involvement stemmed from an on-air caller to KABC's morning show, claiming he witnessed Aguilar order the attack, according to producer John Phillips. Police are investigating the incident. "I know for a...
  • How Illegal Immigration is Sending Schools Into The Red

    06/04/2006 4:27:57 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 11 replies · 696+ views
    Federation for Immigration Reform ^ | June 2005 | Federation for Immigration Reform
    I would like to start off with this startling fact. In 1994, the estimated costs of educating the children of exceeded 28.6 billion taxpayer dollars alone. Just multiplying that figure over a period of 20 years(adjusting for inflation). With schools cutting back on after school programs such as after school prograns, not purchasing up to date textbooks. Some states have even cut back the hiring of new teacgers and childcare prgrams. Other school districts(including the Los Angeles School District) have shortened the shool week from five days to four or shortened school hours, All of this can be diretly attributed...
  • Larry Elder interviewing reporter Sandy Wells right now

    06/01/2006 5:02:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies · 1,358+ views
    Listen hereReporter Assaulted After Interview And Loses TapeWND Article The reporter is also scheduled to appear on O'Reilly tonight.
  • Reporter Assaulted After Interview And Loses Tape

    06/01/2006 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 95 replies · 4,020+ views
    CBS ^ | Jun 1, 2006 11:03 am US/Pacific | 2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc
    CBS) LOS ANGELES A local radio reporter was assaulted Thursday while leaving a Los Angeles charter school that his station has said imparts separatist ethics, a station official said. The reporter, Sandy Wells, was not hurt, according to station spokesman Steve Sheldon. Wells was leaving the campus of Academia Semillas Del Pueblo, 4736 Huntington Drive, after interviewing the principal when a car came around the corner, jumped the curb and the driver tried to run him down, Sheldon said. Wells managed to dodge the car, but the driver, a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s, got out and...
  • La Raza's Own School in LA? (Interview with Marcos Aguilar)

    05/31/2006 11:51:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 127 replies · 5,085+ views ^ | May 30, 2006 | Maribel Santiago
    On Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka "If Brown was just about letting Black people into a White school, well we don’t care about that anymore. We don’t necessarily want to go to White schools. What we want to do is teach ourselves, teach our children the way we have of teaching. We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don’t need a White water fountain. So the whole issue of segregation and the whole issue of the Civil...
  • Governor embraces L.A. mayor's plan for school control

    04/19/2006 9:24:30 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 415+ views
    AP - San Diego Union Tribune ^ | April 19, 2006 | Michael R. Blood
    LOS ANGELES – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday embraced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school takeover plan, giving the mayor a highly visible ally in his drive to gain control of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Mayor Villaraigosa has shown bold leadership,” the Republican governor told reporters in Sacramento. “This is exactly the kind of thing that ought to be done. “I am 100 percent behind him on this and if there's a bill that comes down here, I will sign that,” Schwarzenegger said. “We want to help him in that move, because we all know that it is inexcusable that...
  • Lawmakers want to break up school district [LAUSD]

    04/18/2006 10:51:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 441+ views ^ | April 18, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER AMICO
    GRANADA HILLS - State Sen. George Runner and Assemblyman Keith Richman announced legislation Monday that would break up the 727,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District into at least 15 smaller districts. The two lawmakers promised greater accountability would come from community-based school systems, calling the nation's second-largest district a "bureaucratic behemoth" that was failing students. Under identical bills proposed in the state Assembly and Senate, any California school district with more than half a million students - L.A. Unified is the only one large enough to qualify - must split into districts no larger than 50,000 students by 2010. A...
  • CA: The Incredible Shrinking School District - (LAUSD) More taxes for to pay for empty schoolrooms?

    04/12/2006 10:41:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 596+ views ^ | 4/12/06 | Jon Coupal & HJTA
    There is new evidence that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has misled voters as to the actual need for its gargantuan and highly expensive building program. The district's latest estimates show that enrollment in the nation's second largest school district is declining much more rapidly than previously revealed. The precipitous decline could result in some of the schools now being built with bond money sitting as empty and useless as Saddam Hussein's former palaces. The reaction of most citizens of Los Angeles to the mere mention of LAUSD is intense disgust. After all, this district has built a...
  • Live Thread: Some Students Walk Out Despite Lockdown (Day 3 of LAUSD walkouts)

    03/28/2006 10:10:51 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 270 replies · 8,758+ views
    NBC 4 ^ | 3/28/06
    <p>Police herded students off an access road leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Tuesday as demonstrations continued against possible immigration reforms. Student marches were also staged Tuesday morning in Bellflower and Compton.</p> <p>Despite rain and a lockdown in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a group of about 200 students massed near 223rd Street in the Harbor Gateway area in San Pedro and started walking south on Avalon Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m. A separate group of students in San Pedro tried to get onto the Vincent Thomas Bridge, but police stopped them and turned them around, detaining a few.</p>

    03/27/2006 2:20:37 PM PST · by jlasoon · 263 replies · 5,897+ views
    tune in to Fox News to see the future of America shutting down freeways and streets.
  • Students Still Protesting Immigration Crackdown

    03/27/2006 12:16:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 130 replies · 2,029+ views
    kcal9/cbs2 ^ | March 27, 2006 | Staff
    AP) LOS ANGELES The marches against proposed immigration legislation are spreading in Los Angeles. Some 1,500 L.A. students who have walked out of class are gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall. L.A. school district officials said some 1,000 students from Los Angeles High School on the 4600 block of Olympic Avenue have walked out and are reportedly heading toward Hollywood High School on the 1500 block of North Highland Avenue. Hundreds of students have already left Huntington Park High School, some scaling fences that school officials locked to avoid a walkout. L.A. school district spokeswoman Monica Carazo said students have...
  • Goldberg to head LAUSD? Ex-educator most talked about for job (Who said it can't get worse?)

    02/21/2006 10:41:01 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 7 replies · 367+ views
    Daily News ^ | 2.21.06 | By Naush Boghossian, Staff Writer
    (Get ready for more Gay, Lesbian and Transgender High Schools in Los Angeles!) With Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Roy Romer nearing retirement, the game has begun to find his replacement, and the name bandied about town the loudest and most consistently: Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg. The former school board and City Council member remains coy on the topic, but sources say she has been campaigning hard for months - even before Romer announced his intended early departure - to head up the second-largest school district in the nation. "It's not something I really want to do. However, depending on who they're...
  • CA: Head of LA schools wants to leave before contract expires - Roy Romer

    02/11/2006 7:09:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 636+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/11/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District has told the school board that he wants to leave before his contract expires. In a closed meeting several weeks ago, Superintendent Roy Romer told the Board of Education "that he would like them to find his replacement by September or October, but that he would certainly stay until an appropriate replacement is found," district spokesman Stephanie Brady said. He became head of the 727,000-student district in 2000. The district did not indicate why Romer, 77, wanted to leave before his contract expires in June 2007. However,...
  • 2nd day of violence breaks out at new L.A. high school

    12/08/2005 11:18:44 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 55 replies · 1,204+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | 12/8/05 | From wire service reports
    Eighteen students were arrested today in the second consecutive day of fighting at South Area High School No. 1 in Los Angeles after two groups of students faced off and yelled challenges at each other, authorities said. The student body at the school, informally known as Santee High School, is more than 90 percent Latino while most of the rest are black. School officials deny that race is an issue at the school south of downtown, which opened this year to deal with the overcrowding at Jefferson High School. Sixteen students were arrested Wednesday and 10 were hospitalized after school...
  • CA: Teacher exodus growing - Baby boomers' retirements to leave hole

    12/08/2005 9:32:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 804+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/8/05 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - California will face a shortage of up to 100,000 teachers in the next decade as retirements crest even while schools cope with tougher federal requirements for student learning, according to a report released Wednesday. At the same time, enrollment has been dropping in teaching-preparation programs in the state - from 76,000 in 2002 to 67,500 in 2004, according to the report from the nonprofit Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, based in Santa Cruz. Center director Margaret Gaston said the 2005-06 school year could be one of the last in a long time when the supply...
  • CA: Fight brewing against mayor - Board ready to fend off LAUSD takeover attempt with PR

    11/25/2005 9:10:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 500+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 11/25/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Gearing up for a prolonged fight with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa over control of public schools, Los Angeles Unified officials say they'll launch a public relations offensive to cast the often maligned district in a more favorable light. So far, Superintendent Roy Romer and other top district officials have not reacted to Villaraigosa's stepped-up pledges to wrest control of the nation's second-largest district from the seven-member school board, which except for a brief period has been dominated by candidates backed by and closely linked to unions. But behind the scenes, board members have urged Romer to spin the district's achievements more...
  • LA Schools Bus 800 Students to "Hate-Bush" Rally

    11/10/2005 9:15:48 PM PST · by Mark Felton · 74 replies · 2,291+ views
    FOX News ^ | 11/10/05 | FOX News' Aaron Bruns
    When hundreds of Los Angeles high school students told administrators they planned to walk out of school to attend last week's protest by the liberal "World Can't Wait" group calling for President Bush's impeachment — the L.A. school district decided not to discipline them. Instead, the district provided school buses and a staff escort to transport some 800 students from 10 schools to the rally and back. School officials said students would attend the protest with or without their permission, and the district's chief operating officer told KNBC, "Our issue...was safety, and I think we fulfilled our mission." — FOX...
  • 'Hey, kids, need a ride to a protest rally?' (by Larry Elder)

    11/10/2005 3:29:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies · 810+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 10, 2005 | Larry Elder
    World Can't Wait -- an anti-Bush, anti-war group, recently staged nationwide protests. The organization coordinated rallies in Chicago, Seattle, New York, San Francisco -- and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Unified School District took things a step further. The district helpfully agreed to provide buses -- that's right, buses -- as well as "adult supervision" to the nearly 800 high school students who walked out of 10 high schools...
  • CA: Administrator Accused of Buying Own Books (LAUSD)

    09/16/2005 8:13:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 539+ views
    afp on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/05 | ap - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES - A former education official was accused in a lawsuit of using his post to secretly buy almost 46,000 textbooks and other teaching aids he himself had written, bringing him nearly $1 million in royalties. The suit by the Los Angeles Unified School District also said Matthias Vheru illegally covered more than $3 million of the $4 million cost by using federal education funds that had been earmarked for programs that assist non-native English speakers. The district said Vheru, 55, skirted its purchase-approval process by making the orders when he was temporarily serving as the district's math curriculum...
  • CA: LAUSD board seeks bond, tax from election ($3.85 Billion construction bond,$150/yr. parcel tax)

    07/27/2005 7:24:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 462+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/27/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Los Angeles Unified board members today will consider putting both a $3.85 billion construction bond and a $150-a-year parcel tax on the Nov. 8 special election ballot to pay for programs to boost the quality of instruction. While most board members said they support both measures, some question going to voters with two tax-hike requests at the same time. "I'm really torn," board member Jon Lauritzen said. "Most of the board members have serious reservations not so much about the need for the bond, but about the timing. It's going to be an interesting discussion." The construction bond -- which...
  • CA: Special-ed spending hard to determine

    07/26/2005 7:08:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 289+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/26/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Because of inadequate documentation supplied by the LAUSD, an independent monitor said Monday that he cannot determine how much money the district has spent on court-ordered improvements to its special-education programs. Monitor Carl Cohn said he wants to meet with Los Angeles Unified School District officials to determine how much of the $67.5 million the district has pledged to spend has actually gone toward access ramps and other improvements. In a highly critical progress report released Friday, Cohn wrote he had "serious concerns about the reported expenditures" and wants district officials to explain what they've done to comply with the...
  • CA: Romer reveals donors - Building, publishing firms provided bulk of donations

    07/13/2005 9:07:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 330+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/13/05 | Naush Boghossian
    The nonprofit organization Superintendent Roy Romer set up to defend Los Angeles Unified's image against political attacks relied almost entirely on contributions from construction firms, textbook publishers and other school contractors, records released Tuesday showed. Friends of L.A. Schools Inc., which Romer formed in February just days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for plans to break up the district, received single donations of $10,000 from investment bank Goldman Sachs, DMJM building consultants, Turner Construction and publishers Harcourt Inc. and Pearson Education - all of which have contracts totaling millions of dollars with the school district. Romer defended the...
  • CA: Romer's secret fund - Nonprofit created to talk up LAUSD

    07/09/2005 9:53:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 370+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/9/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for an effort to break up the LAUSD, Superintendent Roy Romer quietly created a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $150,000 to tout the school district's accomplishments, the Daily News has learned. Despite having the district's nearly $1 million public-relations operation at his disposal, Romer founded Friends of L.A. Schools -- with himself as CEO -- to counter criticism by Schwarzenegger and then-mayoral challenger Bob Hertzberg that the Los Angeles Unified School District was too large and inefficient. "This began in February when there was a lot of criticism of the district,...
  • CA: LAUSD placed on financial watch list (along with 8 other county districts)

    07/08/2005 8:08:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 421+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/8/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Los Angeles Unified and eight other Los Angeles County school districts were placed Thursday on the state's financial watch list after overspending their budgets in 2003-04. LAUSD -- the nation's second-largest district -- made its first appearance on the list predicting "impending financial problems" after it overspent its $5 billion budget by $253 million. The Annual Financial Report of California K-12 Schools, released by State Controller Steve Westly, points to a dire future for public school finances and warns that nearly 80 districts may not be able to pay their bills in two years. The Los Angeles School District said...
  • LAUSD Schools Win Large State Grant (Six Million Dollars from the Feds)

    06/29/2005 11:42:39 PM PDT · by bd476 · 12 replies · 479+ views
    LAUSD Schools Win Large State Grant Wednesday June 29, 6:06 pm ET Nearly $6 Million for Technology Awarded to 9 Middle Schools LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 29, 2005--The California Department of Education announced this week that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was the top Los Angeles County winner among dozens of local school districts during the latest round of the competitive Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant program. The winning grant will provide nearly 6 million dollars as well as in-kind donations and partner discounts benefiting 9 LAUSD middle schools and approximately 20,000 students. Glendale Unified was the other...
  • LAUSD Proposes 'Parcel Tax'

    06/29/2005 7:50:15 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 13 replies · 520+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | June 29, 2005 | Naush Boghossian
    Homeowners would be hit with a $150 annual "parcel tax" to help fund Los Angeles public schools -- on top of the hundreds of dollars they already pay annually for construction -- under a proposal introduced Tuesday. Under the draft plan, the tax would be in effect for six years, and the funds would be intended for use to reduce class sizes, improve libraries, bolster campus safety and provide more nurses and counselors. The proposal would be the first time the Los Angeles Unified School District would ask voters to approve such a fee and comes as the nation's second-largest...
  • CA: Millions could go toward new LAUSD garage

    06/27/2005 8:18:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 370+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/27/05 | Naush Boghossian
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is again considering building a $49 million parking garage for top brass and their staff a year after the plan ignited an outcry over finances. The 1,734-space garage at the corner of 3rd Street and Beaudry Avenue would serve district headquarters and be paid for out of the general fund using money currently spent on leased parking for employees and visitors. "It's a rent or buy decision -- leasing costs versus ownership costs -- where we get to a break-even situation in three years. We believe it's good business to invest in purchasing the...
  • LAUSD, School Hate crimes spike

    06/20/2005 8:06:21 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 19 replies · 912+ views
    The Daily News, Los Angeles ^ | June 20, 2005 | Naush Boghossian, and Lisa M. Sodders
    School hate crimes spike LAUSD police report that incidents have quadrupled in past decade By Naush Boghossian and Lisa M. Sodders, Staff Writers Hate crimes in Los Angeles' public schools have surged more than 300 percent over the past decade -- the highest growth rate of all campus crimes, fueling concerns about racial tensions in the nation's second-largest school district. Nearly all of the 52 hate crimes reported in the 2003-04 school year were racially motivated, up from 12 in 1995-96, according to the latest figures available from Los Angeles Unified School District police. In recent months, officials have continued...
  • Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Seeks LAUSD Powers

    06/18/2005 7:32:16 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 34 replies · 981+ views
    The Daily Breeze ^ | June 18, 2005 | Alison Shackelford
    Many officials worry about Villaraigosa's desire to choose all of the school board's members, which currently are elected. Issue could be especially important in some South Bay cities. Los Angeles Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa made waves Friday when he told a state Senate committee that he wants the Mayor's Office to have the power to appoint the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. While Villaraigosa has said previously that he believed the mayor should have "ultimate control" of the school district, his comment before the Senate Committee on Urban School Governance was the first time he made it clear...
  • LAUSD's fee plan attacked by groups

    04/29/2005 8:28:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 294+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4/29/05 | Jennifer Radcliffe
    Dozens of nonprofit organization leaders protested Thursday against a Los Angeles Unified plan to charge youth groups to use district athletic fields and facilities. Critics say the plan -- which would take effect in July and cost groups $78 for a permit and up to $48 an hour -- could force soccer associations, Girl Scouts and others to cancel activities. "The schools have been built by the community and they should be used by the community," said Mary Ann Lapointe, a teacher trainer with the Good News Club, a children's evangelical group that holds after-school classes in 22 schools in...
  • CA: All LAUSD Scandals Seem Like Old News

    03/17/2005 9:07:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 292+ views ^ | 3/17/05 | Jon Coupal
    From Eureka to San Ysidro, and even beyond the borders of California, the Los Angeles Unified School District is the undisputed poster child of badly run school districts. To many, the district has become synonymous with its eight-year slow torture effort to build the nation's most expensive high school on an abandoned and toxic oil field. But most local observers know that it has a much longer history of dreadful management. This is why, when an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's office revealed that the school district faces an unfunded $5 billion liability to provide full medical coverage to...