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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 20, 2013
The Burbank Unified School District could recover about $1 million in funding for special education following the repeal of a bill regulating, but neglecting to pay for, how educators intervene when students exhibit behavior problems. The 1990 law required schools to create detailed intervention plans to deal with students who assault others, cause injuries to themselves or cause damage to property. State officials, however, did not reimburse districts for the costs of implementing the plans.  In 1994, this spurred a number of districts - including San Diego Unified - to formally demand to be paid back.  In July, the state Legislature repealed the bill, which in turn prompted the state controller to issue instructions on how school districts could access more than $1 billion set aside for that purpose.
THE818NOW
August 19, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Sunday, August 19. A North Hollywood fundraiser today has an international agenda. Churches and organizations seek to raise awareness of Assyrian families who are living in Syria but want to return to Iraq . "The problem is nobody cares about our people," Sargoun Issa, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Assyrian Aid Society, told the Daily News. The Studio City Neighborhood Council is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Sept.
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February 25, 2004
Gary Moskowitz District officials, parents and students will meet tonight to discuss how special-education students can be best prepared for life after high school. The Foothill Special Education Local Plan Area will present its annual Family Transition Forum from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. The event is open to all families of special- education students, but the deadline for dinner reservations has passed.
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By Rachel Kane | July 11, 2007
In hopes of improving conditions in Burbank Unified School District's deficit-heavy special education program, a new administrator has been put on the payroll. As the new coordinator of special education, Jessica Fullerton will be the second-in-command of the district's largest money spender. The position is new to the district and a result of a set of recommendations adopted to improve on the deficit and lighten the workload for the program's main administrator, Deputy Supt.
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By Rachel Kane | March 17, 2007
CITY HALL ? Special education programs in the Burbank Unified School District could get beefed up next year, based on recommendations in a report released on Thursday. The district needs another full-time psychologist, more services for autistic students and more efficient and frequent use of technology, according to a nearly five-month-long study of Burbank schools conducted by Caryl Miller, executive director of the Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area. If the district accepts these recommendations and decides to implement solutions to the problems listed in the study, the district's already overspent special education budget could be pushed further into the red, said Steve Bradley, the district's assistant superintendent of business services.
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By Rachel Kane | May 9, 2007
CITY HALL ? Burbank Unified School District board members are poised to approve adding some jobs and make some changes to the district's special education program by mid-May. At an estimated annual cost of nearly $160,000, board members are likely to approve the hiring of one psychologist, with salary and benefits at $100,000 a year, and a part-time speech/language pathologist at $40,000 a year at their next meeting on May 17. They may also alter a position in the program to become a special education coordinator position at an increased cost of $18,000 a year.
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By Rachel Kane | December 22, 2007
BURBANK ? School district board members approved a new position in the district?s deficit-ridden special education department Thursday night in an effort to curb the program?s financial impact. The new assistant director of special education would work under the director of special education and psychological services, Sandra Gaynon. The new assistant director would provide help in monitoring the department?s budget as well as overseeing the district?s individualized education programs and the costs associated with providing services for students, according to a board report.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Summer bond projects, the new Common Core curriculum and technology use in the Burbank school district will be up for discussion this Saturday during the annual school board retreat. At the public retreat at district headquarters, school board members and district administrators will also discuss the district's potential for expanding world languages in its curriculum and hear updates on the district's special education programs. Members of the district's technology committee will also be present, along with Charles Poovakan, director of information technology and educational support.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Summer bond projects, the new Common Core curriculum and technology use in the Burbank school district will be up for discussion this Saturday during the annual school board retreat. At the public retreat at district headquarters, school board members and district administrators will also discuss the district's potential for expanding world languages in its curriculum and hear updates on the district's special education programs. Members of the district's technology committee will also be present, along with Charles Poovakan, director of information technology and educational support.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 20, 2013
The Burbank Unified School District could recover about $1 million in funding for special education following the repeal of a bill regulating, but neglecting to pay for, how educators intervene when students exhibit behavior problems. The 1990 law required schools to create detailed intervention plans to deal with students who assault others, cause injuries to themselves or cause damage to property. State officials, however, did not reimburse districts for the costs of implementing the plans.  In 1994, this spurred a number of districts - including San Diego Unified - to formally demand to be paid back.  In July, the state Legislature repealed the bill, which in turn prompted the state controller to issue instructions on how school districts could access more than $1 billion set aside for that purpose.
THE818NOW
August 19, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Sunday, August 19. A North Hollywood fundraiser today has an international agenda. Churches and organizations seek to raise awareness of Assyrian families who are living in Syria but want to return to Iraq . "The problem is nobody cares about our people," Sargoun Issa, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Assyrian Aid Society, told the Daily News. The Studio City Neighborhood Council is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Sept.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 18, 2008
BURBANK — The school board will look Thursday at laying off or cutting back the hours for 51 classified positions — 42 food service employees and nine instructional assistants. The Burbank Unified School District looks at eliminating or reducing classified positions — noncredentialed workers such as custodians, maintenance crews, cafeteria workers and clerical staff — on a yearly basis, but typically it concerns only instructional assistants, or individuals who provide one-on-one tutoring in programs such as special education, said Gabe Soumakian, assistant superintendent of Human Resource Services.
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By Rachel Kane | January 19, 2008
BURBANK — As California faces possible cuts in education funding, Burbank Unified School District officials aren’t sure if they’ll receive enough money for certain programs next year. But despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s looming cuts across the state, district administrators continued with business as usual at Thursday night’s board meeting by approving a more than $5-million application for aid from the federal and state departments of education.
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By Rachel Kane | December 22, 2007
BURBANK ? School district board members approved a new position in the district?s deficit-ridden special education department Thursday night in an effort to curb the program?s financial impact. The new assistant director of special education would work under the director of special education and psychological services, Sandra Gaynon. The new assistant director would provide help in monitoring the department?s budget as well as overseeing the district?s individualized education programs and the costs associated with providing services for students, according to a board report.
FEATURES
September 8, 2007
Suzanne Babko Robinson , a graduate of John Burroughs Class of 1995, has officially completed the doctorate program at UC Santa Barbara in special education with an emphasis in autism research and intervention. Babko Robinson was an outstanding athlete in high school, and received a basketball and track scholarship from UC Riverside, where she earned two teaching credentials and a master’s degree in special education. She is the daughter of Bruce Babko, of Nebraska, and Jolene Torres, of Victorville, both former Burbank residents.
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By Rachel Kane | July 11, 2007
In hopes of improving conditions in Burbank Unified School District's deficit-heavy special education program, a new administrator has been put on the payroll. As the new coordinator of special education, Jessica Fullerton will be the second-in-command of the district's largest money spender. The position is new to the district and a result of a set of recommendations adopted to improve on the deficit and lighten the workload for the program's main administrator, Deputy Supt.
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By Rachel Kane | June 23, 2007
CITY HALL — Burbank Unified School District board members on Thursday approved a $122.6-million budget for 2007-08, which includes a cut of nine teaching positions and increased spending for special education. This new budget reflects a total decrease of 2.8% over last year's budget, which totaled $126.3 million. Teaching positions being eliminated come primarily from the elementary schools in the district. Cuts can be made because of a projected decrease in enrollment, said Gabe Soumakian, assistant superintendent of human resources.
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