JUST IN: LAUSD says Esquith case involves sex photos, ‘touching’
Lawyers for LA Unified today told the attorney representing acclaimed teacher, Rafe Esquith, that the investigation into his background has found evidence of “highly inappropriate conduct involving touching of minors” during his time as a district teacher as well as “inappropriate photographs and videos of a sexual nature” on his school computer. The letter to Esquith’s...
By Mike Szymanski | August 13, 2015
LA Unified launching new campaign aimed at sexting education
In a campaign that may be the most ambitious in the state, if not the country, LAUSD is gearing up to launch an anti-sexting campaign for students, teachers and parents. The launch is scheduled for early in the new school year in all middle and high schools, said Judy Chiasson, the district’s program coordinator for...
By Mike Szymanski | July 21, 2015
Morning Read: Romero Vs. Villaraigosa
Gloria Romero to Antonio Villaraigosa: We’re not removing you from Prop 32 ad SFGate: LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was ticked that the pro-Prop 32 folks were using his name and comments “out of context” in an ad. He asked them to remove his name/comments from the ad promoting the measure on the November ballot that would ban...
By Hillel Aron | August 28, 2012
Ex-Miramonte Principal Martin Sandoval Was Reassigned To El Sereno Elementary School
Martin Sandoval was the principal of Miramonte Elementary last year during the horrific sexual abuse scandal that included teacher Mark Berndt. As Scott Johnson notes on the blog Mayor Sam, Sandoval was reassigned to Sierra Park Elementary in El Sereno. Johnson spotted this angry Facebook post from a Sierra Park parent: Friends i am horrified…Superintendent Deasy…SHAME ON U..Some1...
By Hillel Aron | August 22, 2012
Morning Read: No Contest
• Fired LAUSD teacher pleads no-contest to molesting 13 students: Paul Chapel III, a former teacher at Telfair Elementary school, will serve 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to 13 out of 28 charges. Daily News • Cal State University to enroll more out-of-state and international students: The move will save money, since California students payer lower tuition rates. KPCC...
By Hillel Aron | August 21, 2012
Richard Bloom Criticizes Betsy Butler For SB 1530 Vote
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, a Democrat running for the 50th State Assembly seat against Democratic incumbent Betsy Butler, isn’t refraining from criticizing his opponent for her abstention during the committee vote on SB 1530. “I’ve never done that in 13 years of being a public official,” he told me earlier this week. “I think...
By Hillel Aron | August 16, 2012
Morning Read: Earlier Start, Shorter Year
• A Shorter School Year: Students at LA Unified this year will attend classes for only 175 days, 5 days fewer than last year, and 65 fewer than students in Japan. The decision was made by the school board due to budget constraints. Other districts chose to lay off more teachers. KPCC • Miramonte Elementary Teachers Return for...
By Hillel Aron | August 15, 2012