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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 9, 2013
The president of Glendale's teachers union, Tami Carlson, wants the city to pay $13,800 to fix a garden wall at her home that she claims crumbled to the ground due to a leaky fire hydrant. Carlson found herself in the spotlight in October when she refused to sign a federal grant application that could have funneled $40 million over four years to Glendale Unified because district officials refused to promise not to lay off teachers next school year. About two weeks before Carlson - along with union leaders at other districts across the state - refused to sign off on the application, citing concerns about federal requirements attached to the money, she came home to find the wall separating her and her neighbor's property broken.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
Adrian Vega and Toni Deluca were driving home on a mid-April night when their car struck bicyclist Cameron Douglas. But the matter of who was driving the car was the topic of debate that took over a Los Angeles courtroom this week. Both Vega and Deluca are high school swimmers, aspiring Olympians and hopeful UCLA athletes, and each insisted they were not behind the wheel. Their testimony, in fact, was given on behalf of a Crescenta Valley student and a Louisville High student pretending to be Vega and Deluca during the semifinals of the Los Angeles County mock trial competition this week.
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November 9, 2012
I disagree with your Nov. 3 editorial that found fault with the Glendale Teachers Assn. I praise them for their principled decision; it could not have been an easy one for them to make. Teachers are the invaluable asset in the effort to foster an informed society that can function in a fair-minded, civil and democratic manner. My 13-plus years as a Glendale Unified parent have been memorable. I have consistently witnessed the steadfast dedication, effective skills, creativity and resourcefulness of the dozens of teachers in our local elementary, middle and high schools who taught my sons on a wide range of subjects, from physical education to physics.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 3, 2012
Glendale Unified school board members this week are slated to continue discussions over a district-wide policy change that could ease restrictions on students bringing wireless devices, such as smartphones and iPads, to class. The new policy being discussed could go even further by encouraging students to bring their own electronic devices to school under a recognition that electronics belong in the 21st century classroom. When and how electronic devices are used, however, will still be up to each school and teacher, officials say. And by that metric, policies can vary greatly by campus.
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By Megan O'Neil | November 1, 2012
When Glendale Teachers Assn. President Tami Carlson approaches the podium at school board meetings, she likes to describe herself as representing “the best darn teachers in the state of California.” She means it. Still, there will be fewer Glendale teachers for her to serve next year as the district looks to address a $15-million structural deficit via a series of cost-cutting measures that most likely will include layoffs. Those measures will impact the individuals who lose their jobs, the teachers who remain behind, and, of course, the students.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 26, 2012
With its teachers union continuing to withhold support, Glendale Unified faces the worst-case scenario of having to overnight its 70-page application for federal Race to the Top funds on Monday. The grant application for the highly competitive pot of federal money requires the union to sign off on it, but Glendale Teachers Assn. is withholding its support because district officials have refused to commit to no layoffs next school year. “We have rejected their counter offer,” said union President Tami Carlson.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 20, 2012
Glendale Unified's Teacher of the Year doesn't really understand why she won the honor. “I don't see myself as being an outstanding teacher,” said Olivia Macaulay, who learned of the honor earlier this month. During a recent day in her Glendale High classroom, Macaulay's U.S. history students dressed up as Founding Fathers and hashed out how much power the U.S. government should have and where the capital should be located. On other days, they've represented various states trying to pass legislation.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 17, 2012
Glendale parents and teachers rallied Wednesday afternoon in Verdugo Park to support Proposition 38, which promises billions of dollars for early education and K-12 schools. Campaign organizers say Glendale schools could gain $25 million in 2013-14 if the initiative passes. The November tax initiative - sponsored by civil rights attorney Molly Munger - would be paid for with increased income taxes. Critics who oppose Prop. 38 complain that it would not provide funds to cash-strapped community colleges.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 17, 2012
With less than two weeks remaining until Glendale Unified officials must submit an application for a federal grant that could net up to $40 million, they have yet to reach an agreement with the teachers union over a provision that would require student test scores to be a factor in job evaluations. District officials said this week they are optimistic that a deal will reached with the union - which must sign off on the application in time for submittal before the Oct. 30 deadline. Glendale Teachers Assn.
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October 16, 2012
My husband and I attended the GUSD Community Information Night at Crescenta Valley High School Oct. 8 to hear about the plight of our local schools. Despite deep cuts in personnel and other spending over the past few years, our prize-winning public schools face severe financial shortages that will mean higher class sizes and shorter school terms. The district is asking the teachers union to allow student test scores to be used in teacher and administrator evaluations in order to qualify for Race to the Top federal funding.
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