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By Seth Amitin | March 19, 2009
On Friday, the sun was out, the flag on La Cañada High’s campus waved minimally, and a group of teachers, students, parents and supporters were out in front of the school, wearing pink and holding signs, demonstrating their distaste for education budget cuts, specifically layoffs. Friday was the day that teachers and substitutes all over California received pink slips in their mailboxes, informing them they were casualties. “It’s a statewide thing,” said La Cañada teacher Ben Powers in his pink button-up shirt.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 10, 2005
All eight propositions were defeated in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Nov. 8 Special Election. A little more than 35 percent of La Cañada Flintridge's 13,160 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday. The polls were busier than most expected but not record setting. "We have been busy," said poll worker Sue Barry at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station No. 19. The first hour of voting saw about 50 voters. "Our record is 104 the first hour," Barry added. She was also surprised at the large amount of absentee voters.
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January 18, 2007
Monday, Feb. 5, the Glendale-Foothill Division of the California Retired Teachers' Association will have their luncheon meeting at the Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch follows at noon. The cost is $11 and reservations can be made at 841-1460. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, Feb. 1. All retired educators and administrators are welcomed. The program includes Linda Jonge, head of public information for the Glendale Unified School District, presenting a 125-year history of the GUSD.
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March 15, 2007
Monday, April 2, the Glendale-Foothill Division of the California Retired Teachers' Association will have their April luncheon meeting at the Elk's Lodge at 120 East Colorado St. in Glendale. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch follows at 12 p.m. The cost is $11 and reservations can be made by calling 841-1460. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 29. All retired educators and administrators are welcomed. The program includes mystery writer Denise Hamilton. She returns to present her new collection of short stories that she has edited, entitled Los Angeles Noir.
NEWS
October 27, 2005
. Voters should be wary of “feel-good” fixes to the state's education challenges, like the proposal on the November 8 ballot to extend time on the job before teachers receive tenure. Instead of meeting the growing need for qualified classroom teachers, Prop 74 could drive potential good teachers away from a career in education. Proponents of the measure offer no compelling argument that extending the period of time it takes teachers to attain job security will lead to any improvement in the teaching corps.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
In Carol Cormaci's last column (Piece of Mind, 11/24), she solicited input from La Cañada teachers on many of the recent conversations about our public schools. Specifically, she suggested there may be a “culture of silence” permeating teachers' willingness to complain about our schools, alluding to a similar culture that this paper had reported existing among parents in our district. Cormaci likely isn't aware that this “silence” is not brought upon by a culture as much as by union decree.
NEWS
December 8, 2011
It is with great regret that I write this response to last week's letter to the editor in which an uninformed community member blamed the La Cañada Teachers Association for putting the rights of teachers before our students. It also saddens me that the tenor of the conversations regarding the La Cañada Unified School District has turned sour over the last few months and I hope this letter will be the beginning of a critical healing that must take place within our community. The employees of LCUSD strive daily to work in partnership with parents, students and the community to provide the best possible education for all students.
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By Jim Stratton LCUSD Superintendent | December 21, 2006
One of the more outrageous pieces of public school legislation passed this year was Senate Bill 1133. Also known as the Torlakson Bill, this law "settled" the dispute over the nearly $3 billion that Governor Schwarzenegger appropriated from Proposition 98 funding. The Torlakson bill pays that money back but pays it only to the lowest performing schools. A bit of history is in order. Shortly after assuming office in late 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger decided that Proposition 98 would need to be suspended in order to compensate for the state budget shortfall.
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By Seth Amitin | March 19, 2009
On Friday, the sun was out, the flag on La Cañada High’s campus waved minimally, and a group of teachers, students, parents and supporters were out in front of the school, wearing pink and holding signs, demonstrating their distaste for education budget cuts, specifically layoffs. Friday was the day that teachers and substitutes all over California received pink slips in their mailboxes, informing them they were casualties. “It’s a statewide thing,” said La Cañada teacher Ben Powers in his pink button-up shirt.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 10, 2005
All eight propositions were defeated in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Nov. 8 Special Election. A little more than 35 percent of La Cañada Flintridge's 13,160 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday. The polls were busier than most expected but not record setting. "We have been busy," said poll worker Sue Barry at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station No. 19. The first hour of voting saw about 50 voters. "Our record is 104 the first hour," Barry added. She was also surprised at the large amount of absentee voters.
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