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By Patrick Caneday | March 20, 2010
Opinions. Everyone has them and thinks theirs are right. Otherwise, they’d get new ones. And when a scandal like the alleged sexual affair between a 33-year-old female teacher and a 14-year-old male student comes along, the opinions blossom like spring flowers — abundant, colorful and fleeting. I am of course referring to the Amy Beck case currently rocking the Burbank Unified School District. We don’t know yet the motives and emotions behind the events that led to Beck turning herself in for allegedly having sexual relations with a minor.
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NEWS
March 13, 2010
When Jordan Middle School teacher Amy Beck turned herself in for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student last year, the hammer of public and media scrutiny was harsh and swift. The story was picked up nationally as the public wondered how a seemingly well-liked and -respected teacher could stray so far off the legal and ethical path. Nevermind the very real impacts to student and teacher life at Burbank Unified School District, which, combined with impending layoff notices and the death of a 7-year-old student at home this week, has seen its share of battering.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
[DEVELOPING] A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday postponed the arraignment of a Burbank Unified teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student so that she can continue to work with authorities, her attorney said. Amy Beck, a 33-year-old teacher at Jordan Middle School, will remain in jail and is working with authorities as they investigate allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a student who was 14 at the time, her attorney, Michael Williamson, said.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
A Burbank Unified School District teacher turned herself in Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old student from March to September last year, police said. Amy Beck, 33, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, surrendered Monday afternoon to Burbank police with her lawyer, and was being held on $400,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together, what happened, where, what kind of sex acts, how many, and how long it’s been going on,” he said.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | February 15, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini announced plans to retire Feb. 20, with Assistant Fire Chief Ray Krakowski expected to take over the department in March, officials said Wednesday. Pansini, a 30-year veteran of the department who considered himself an “in-the-trenches guy,” has been out on medical leave since June. Officials would not comment on the nature of the leave, citing the chief’s right to privacy. “The time came to step back and take a hard look at things.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | February 10, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini on Wednesday announced plans to retire effective Feb. 20, with longtime Battalion Chief Ray Krakowski expected to take over the department in March, officials said. Pansini, a 30-year veteran of the department who considered himself an “in-the-trench guy,” has been out on medical leave since June. Officials would not comment on the nature of the leave, citing the chief’s right to privacy. “I want to personally thank city leaders, both current and former, for all the opportunities that were afforded to me during my tenure with the city,” Pansini wrote in a letter to officials announcing his plans.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | December 22, 2009
WEST BURBANK — School officials Thursday laid the groundwork for a possible parcel tax as four competing consulting firms presented their plans for winning the public over. The Burbank Unified School District took no action on the proposals, but invited the four companies back to present their qualifications and strategies to manage potential parcel tax and bond extension campaigns. Members are expected to make a decision in January whether they will pursue a bond extension, parcel tax or both for a municipal election in April or November 2011.
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