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By: | September 10, 2005
Yes, it is that time of the year -- time to hit the books, the chalkboards, the word processors, the libraries -- and time to make new friends and begin anew the process of enriching and preparing young lives. So far, it seems the process of educating those lives is working. Public schools in Burbank, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge have met or exceeded their Academic Performance Index goals -- the annual benchmark that ranks schools based on statewide standardized tests.
By Zain Shauk | May 15, 2010
Burbank and Glendale officials on Friday said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest proposals for closing a $19.1-billion state budget deficit could weigh down on the region and affect local residents. The governor proposed closing the gap with $12.4 billion in spending cuts, about $3.4 billion in funding shifts and about $3.4 billion in federal funds. The current deficit is the third major budget hole that Schwarzenegger and the Legislature have faced in two years as tax revenues have plummeted during the economic downturn.
January 13, 2010
While I think that parenting has much more to do with the increase in teenage substance abuse, I do agree with John Marshall’s claim that the school curriculum does not meet the needs of many of our students (“Kids are being bored into substance abuse,” Jan. 9). The unfortunate truth is that after years of research into brain functioning and learning styles, we know how to do things better. However, large class sizes and lack of funding impede educators from putting these theories into practice.
By Zain Shauk | August 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Students in Glendale and Burbank made historic gains in standardized test scores for 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education. More students met the state’s proficiency marks than ever before for almost every testing category, according to the reports. Some grade levels made striking double-digit gains in some areas, particularly in the fourth grade. About 75% of Burbank Unified School District fourth-graders scored at or above the state’s proficiency rating for English and language arts, up from 66% in 2008 and 60% the year before.
By Max Zimbert | November 17, 2009
GLENDALE — An additional tax that could steer Glendale and Burbank school districts away from a looming funding cliff has piqued the interest of administrators, especially with the latest warning coming down from Sacramento. A parcel tax, which recently won in Culver City and failed in Long Beach, could preserve teaching jobs, class sizes, and arts and athletic programs that might otherwise face additional cuts as state financing fails to meet budget projections. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted Tuesday that there would be additional cuts in education and other funding as the state continues to grapple with a budget cap between $5 billion and $7 billion.
By Joyce Rudolph | February 4, 2009
Natalie Richardson has not let the slow loss of her sight prevent her from leading an enriching life, and for that she thanks the Braille Institute. The Glendale resident has dealt with Retinitis pigmentosa, a narrowing of the field of vision, her whole life. “I’ve always been partially blind, but as you get older, with what we call RP, it gets worse and worse,” Richardson said. “And your periphery becomes less and now my center [vision] is almost shot.
By Zain Shauk | March 25, 2009
GLENDALE — Kelly Schroeder is one of many teachers throughout the Glendale Unified School District who has helped raise elementary school test scores, and she has done it with 36 students in her classroom. But if she taught in the Burbank Unified School District, that total would be closer to 30 students. The difference in class sizes might seem small, but it has had a big effect on classroom environments and on budgets, teachers and officials said. While Burbank Unified’s student-to-teacher ratio in the fourth and fifth grades is 30-to-1, Glendale Unified’s average for the same grades is 34-to-1, according to school accountability reports.
By Zain Shauk | July 25, 2009
GLENDALE ? Frustrated area officials got some minor relief Friday after the Legislature approved a set of state deficit solutions that are expected to severely impair public services, but offer a break to local governments. The state Senate approved more than two dozen bills associated with the plan after a 16-hour session that ended after 6:30 a.m. Friday. The Assembly moved ahead with it own marathon session that lasted more than 20 hours, ending about 3 p.m. Friday. The proposals will solve much of California?
May 11, 2002
Legacy awards benefit domestic violence project NBC4 Reporter Beverly White will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the YWCA of Glendale Fifth Annual Legacy Luncheon on May 22 at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a silent auction and reception followed by program and lunch at noon. The luncheon will honor "Women of Heart and Excellence" nominated by community organizations, companies and businesses. Honorees are Jeanne Bentley, Glendale Unified School District member; Phyllis Campbell, retired community volunteer and founder of the Glendale Assn.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | October 27, 2007
CITY HALL — State Sen. Jack Scott bridged the governmental gap between Sacramento and Glendale in his annual “state of the state” address Tuesday to the City Council. Starting by highlighting his own success this term — the governor signed 10 of the 11 bills sent to his desk by Scott — the veteran lawmaker, whose district includes Glendale, also recapped the state’s budget woes and pledged to lobby on behalf of city positions regarding two pending bills.
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