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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
At 18, Kevork Kurdoghlian is the youngest school board candidate running in this election, but he has big ideas on how to re-imagine education. He is currently a student a Glendale Community College and has plans to transfer to a university that is close to his hometown. He recently sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada Flintridge home, where he lives with his parents and two younger siblings, to discuss his campaign for the Nov. 5 election. You've been out of high school for one year.
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By Wendy Sinnette | November 14, 2012
The dust continues to settle given the results of last week's election. The passage of Proposition 30 brings some measure of immediate relief to school districts throughout California, but it also creates an unprecedented urgency for pervasive communication and messaging from local districts - because the financial problems facing our schools have only been mitigated, not eliminated. No new funds for La Cañada schools The marketing campaign from Sacramento associated with Proposition 30 was oversold to the public.
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By Zain Shauk | August 22, 2009
The Glendale Unified School District Board of Education formally terminated teacher contracts late Tuesday in a decision meant to spur a renewed sense of urgency between union leaders and administrators as the district?s financial challenges grow. Teachers will continue to work under the terms of their old contracts, but their employment status would be thrown into question if they fail to reach a new agreement with the district before the end of the academic year, Supt. Michael Escalante said.
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February 12, 2014
It has been a privilege to serve our community as a member of the school board for 12 years. During this time, the state's chaotic and unreliable funding for education created immense challenges for La Cañada schools. Faced with cuts exceeding $17 million over the past five years, our district has been running at a deficit. To do their part, teachers and staff gave up cost-of-living increases and absorbed higher health-related costs. In addition, we were forced to deplete our reserves including deferred maintenance to keep the impact of funding cuts away from the classroom.
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By Charles Cooper | August 16, 2007
La Cañada?s representative in the state Senate told the Valley Sun this week that he doesn?t know where a solution is going to come from for the California Legislature?s budget deadlock imposed by the Republican caucus. The lawmakers will be returning to session on Monday with no solution in sight. Fourteen of the 15 Senate Republicans remain firm in refusing to vote for the budget approved by the Assembly, leaving the spending program one vote short of passage. ?It?s a moving target,?
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By Charles Cooper | January 17, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger?s proposals to balance next year?s state budget by using what Sen. Jack Scott termed ?draconian? cuts guarantees a stormy legislative session this spring. Scott (D-Pasadena) who represents La Cañada Flintridge and may be in the final year of his service in Sacramento, said the governor?s proposed ten percent across the board cut is not a workable solution. ?When you are trying to fix the engine, you can?t do so with only half the tools in your toolbox at your disposal,?
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March 19, 2014
People often ask me how La Cañada schools do it. The answer has always seemed obvious: No one understands the school/community partnership better than La Cañada. We take very seriously our collective ownership of the education of the city's children, and we demonstrated this - once again - with the successful passage of Measure LC . California's persistent underfunding of public schools is an outrage, and new funding formulas put La Cañada on track to be one of the five lowest-funded districts in California - the 49th lowest funded state in the nation.
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By Peter Day | November 28, 2012
With state income taxes rising and the federal government's “fiscal cliff” looming, La Cañada school officials have agreed not to place a parcel tax before La Cañada Flintridge voters next year. La Cañadans currently pay $150 per parcel to support the La Cañada Unified School District, though that levy expires in June 2014. School officials had considered conducting a new parcel tax election next spring. But on Nov. 14, a week after state voters passed Proposition 30, Supt.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 20, 2012
Where state funding is falling short, La Cañada Flintridge residents are filling in. La Cañada Unified School District board members this week approved a $33.3-million budget for the 2012-13 school year. At the same time, they announced a record fundraising effort by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation that will save more than jobs for temporary teachers and others. “We have received notification from the foundation that they have reached the $2-million mark, and perhaps have exceeded it,” Supt.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
At 18, Kevork Kurdoghlian is the youngest school board candidate running in this election, but he has big ideas on how to re-imagine education. He is currently a student a Glendale Community College and has plans to transfer to a university that is close to his hometown. He recently sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada Flintridge home, where he lives with his parents and two younger siblings, to discuss his campaign for the Nov. 5 election. You've been out of high school for one year.
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By Wendy Sinnette | November 14, 2012
The dust continues to settle given the results of last week's election. The passage of Proposition 30 brings some measure of immediate relief to school districts throughout California, but it also creates an unprecedented urgency for pervasive communication and messaging from local districts - because the financial problems facing our schools have only been mitigated, not eliminated. No new funds for La Cañada schools The marketing campaign from Sacramento associated with Proposition 30 was oversold to the public.
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By Zain Shauk | August 22, 2009
The Glendale Unified School District Board of Education formally terminated teacher contracts late Tuesday in a decision meant to spur a renewed sense of urgency between union leaders and administrators as the district?s financial challenges grow. Teachers will continue to work under the terms of their old contracts, but their employment status would be thrown into question if they fail to reach a new agreement with the district before the end of the academic year, Supt. Michael Escalante said.
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