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March 10, 2011
Faced with the need to eliminate 15 teaching positions for the 2011-2012 school year and expecting six educators to retire, the La CañadaUnified School District on Wednesday unanimously approved layoff notices to nine temporary teachers. The decision to give the nine teachers pink slips was made under the assumption that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions will not be adopted by the state Legislature, thus bringing further cuts to state education funding. The board also unanimously adopted a second-interim financial report that braces for more reductions.
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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.
NEWS
April 1, 2004
By now, we all know that there will be major manpower reductions in our schools because the parcel tax did not pass. At LCHS, teachers of core subjects, including English, math and science, have been informed that they will not be returning under the current budget. High school English teacher James Padilla is one of the many who have been given pink slips. Not only is Mr. Padilla a graduate of Stanford University, he is an experienced teacher who speaks both Latin and Greek, and incorporates his travels in other parts of the world into his teaching.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
More than 500 La Cañada community members dressed to the nines flocked to the Pasadena Convention Center Saturday for the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Gala, the Moonlight Masquerade. Each year, the Educational Foundation donates about $1.1 million to the La Cañada Unified School District to help maintain district programs and pay staff salaries. The Foundation stages several events throughout the year, like the Jog-A-Thon and gourmet wine and food tasting, to raise funds.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
It became clear that cutbacks may be in the La Cañada Unified School District’s near future on Tuesday night, as the Governing Board discussed the second interim financial report and the possibility of laying off teachers and increasing class sizes significantly in the primary grades. A total of 15 district staff members — six full-time employees and nine temporary positions — will have to come off the books if the district wants to remain solvent for the next two years, according to a budget scenario provided by Stephen Hodgson, LCUSD's financial consultant.
NEWS
November 24, 2004
When my hall closet talked back to me recently as I attempted to hang up a friend's jacket, I knew the time had finally come. No matter how I pushed and shoved, there simply wasn't any space to be had. "No, huh-uh," my closet said shoving back. "I don't think so." I checked with the other closets. They were all going on strike until I gave them some breathing room. "But you aren't rooms," I protested, "You're closets! For putting stuff in that... I can't figure out what else to do with."
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | March 2, 2011
The use of fear motivation to induce a given outcome has always struck me as nothing more than a bully’s way to go about achieving goals. It’s common when there are challengers in a given political race that they set themselves apart from the incumbents by pointing out flaws in the existing system. For that reason, I’m neither surprised nor disapproving when a challenger takes such a tack, such as is occurring during the City Council campaign. It is disappointing, though, when comments made are unfair or exaggerate how a vote for one specific person will vastly improve relationships between the city and its residents.
NEWS
By Scott Tracy | March 14, 2012
The state budget crisis has led to deep cuts in public education funding. We in La Cañada have not been immune. Last September, the community received a wake-up call, rose to the challenge, and raised a record $2 million. Your generosity allowed the district to hire 12 additional teachers. But now, as the school board develops the 2012-13 budget, raising $2 million won't be enough. We must plan for an additional $2.3 million in funding cuts from the current year. The district hopes the community will raise at least $2 million again to maintain current services and class sizes.
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NEWS
March 10, 2011
Faced with the need to eliminate 15 teaching positions for the 2011-2012 school year and expecting six educators to retire, the La CañadaUnified School District on Wednesday unanimously approved layoff notices to nine temporary teachers. The decision to give the nine teachers pink slips was made under the assumption that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions will not be adopted by the state Legislature, thus bringing further cuts to state education funding. The board also unanimously adopted a second-interim financial report that braces for more reductions.
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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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