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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 9, 2013
Clark Magnet High School teacher Dominique Evans-Bye is one of 11 teachers across the country - and the only one in California - to win a coveted environmental award that honors her innovative and hands-on approach to teaching science. An instructor at Clark since 2000, Evans-Bye this week won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for her focus on environmental research and her students' sustainability projects. One of those projects took place last October when she led a group of students up steep hills near Ojai to see camps that used to house illegal marijuana growing operations.
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By June Casagrande | March 22, 2013
There's got to be something in the air. In recent weeks, I've gotten not one but two e-mails from readers about the word “got” and its cousin “gotten.” “I will never forget several teachers telling me that using 'got' in any sentence anytime was simply being lazy,” wrote John in Pasadena, “that it was bad English, uncouth, uneducated, etc.” We could probably write this off as a fluke, perhaps guessing that John went to a...
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February 27, 2013
A teacher who taught vocal music lessons at Glendale Adventist Academy was sentenced Wednesday to a year in county jail for allegedly engaging in lewd acts with a male high school student, officials said. Valerie Jane Gonzales, 29, of El Monte, was also ordered to serve five years of formal probation and must register as a sex offender for life, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Gonzales must also complete a year of sex abuse counseling.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 22, 2013
A new condominium development three blocks from the Americana at Brand that languished for years is now selling units at a discount for "Hometown Heroes," including veterans, teachers, first responders, doctors and nurses. Eligible home buyers get 1% off the net sales price of the 26 urban-style condos in the Residences at Jackson Glen. With two-bedroom units running at $429,000, that would be a savings of $4,290. “That's quite a bit of cash,” said Mary Jean Duran, spokeswoman for the development, adding that the condominiums in the three-story building start at $399,900.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 20, 2013
Enough Glendale Unified employees have committed to an early retirement option to stave off the need to issue pink slips later this year, district officials announced this week. The threat of layoff notices for up to 125 employees had loomed large as Glendale Unified worked to cut spending by about $6 million in an effort to tackle the district's $15 structural deficit. But on Tuesday, the school board approved the 115 employees who applied for the district's early retirement plan.
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By Katherine Yamada | February 15, 2013
Jane Hancock and her family moved to a house on Edmonton Road in 1961. “I fell in love with the house and the neighborhood the moment I saw it.” The weekend after they moved in, their neighbors invited them to a party and there she met Jean Armstrong. Hancock and Armstrong became friends; their children grew up together and went to the same schools. Hancock knew that Armstrong had a mysterious scar but never knew of her adventurous past. That is, until recently. Hancock and her husband Fred raised five boys and taught English and social studies, journalism and media at Toll Junior High from 1962 until 1992.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2013
Sixty-one Glendale Unified teachers have accepted the district's early retirement plan, a figure that could prevent teacher layoffs later this year, officials said. District officials had hoped at least 75 teachers would take the offer, but just 61 certificated employees accepted it by the Feb. 1 deadline. Glendale Unified officials had previously said that 75 to 125 employees could be let go in an effort to save about $6 million. But with 14 teachers short of the initial goal, plans to lay off teachers remain uncertain.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 27, 2013
Leticia Avila's battle with cancer lasted three years. She died just days before Christmas at age 53, leaving behind two sons and two daughters, including her youngest, Maria Cruz Castaneda Avila. At 10 years old, the fifth-grader at Horace Mann Elementary - who goes by Mari - must now face a future without her parents, having lost her father five years ago to liver complications. But that doesn't mean the girl whom teachers describe as gifted, smart and driven will be alone. A teacher at Horace Mann Elementary has started a districtwide campaign to establish a college fund for Mari - who reads at the sixth-grade level - so her dreams of attending USC don't fade.
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January 18, 2013
Glendale Unified has tentatively abandoned its plan to lay off up to 125 employees - including teachers, nurses and counselors - after a round of negotiations Friday with its teachers union, which must still sign off on the deal. Officials cited a more optimistic budget proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown and a sense that the district would be able to pull out of its $15-million deficit by cutting costs elsewhere. “We're still going to make reductions, it just won't be with the teachers,” Glendale Unified Supt.
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January 17, 2013
Just two weeks short of a deadline for attracting Glendale Unified 75 employees into early retirement to minimize the scope of layoffs later this year, district officials this week reported that just nine have applied for the offer. The incentive entails a teacher being paid 50% of their base salary over the course of five years, or the employee's lifetime, in addition to health benefits. Out of the pool of 1,290 employees that include teachers, nurses or counselors, about 350 are eligible for the early retirement plan.
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