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By Ani Amirkhanian | November 18, 2006
BURBANK ? Two elementary schools have been selected to test new computer software designed to help teachers better keep track of student information, grades and attendance records, district officials said. Miller and Bret Harte elementary schools are piloting the system, which consists of a software program that was installed on classroom computers for teachers to use, said Rick Vonk, the district's technology services manager. The program, Aeries Browser Interface, is powered by a main server, Vonk said.
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By Rachel Kane | January 20, 2007
Students flooded onto the lower playing field of John Muir Middle School on Thursday to watch a grudge match, 12 years in the making, unfold. Blue sky and sunshine saturated the scene at this year's Muir Bowl, the annual flag-football game that pits teachers against students on the last day of finals. "It's a muddy field today," teacher and announcer-for-the-day Stephen James said over the loud-speakers. "This could be the students' opportunity to get some of the teachers a little bit dirty."
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By Rachel Kane | May 19, 2007
BURBANK ? After two years of participating in the Los Angeles County Music Center's arts education program, one of three Burbank schools is dropping out. Increased costs and a change in priorities have sent Ralph Emerson Elementary School teachers away from the Music Center's summer workshop program and into a multimedia workshop provided by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. "Money is part of it," Emerson Principal Linda Acuff said of the decision not to participate in this year's weeklong summer workshop for teachers through the Music Center.
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By Anthony Kim and Rachel Kane | April 14, 2007
BURBANK — A bill that would streamline the credentialing process for career technical-education teachers passed its first major hurdle Wednesday. Senate Bill 52, introduced by state Sen. Jack Scott, was approved by the Senate education committee. The bill, if it receives final approval by the state Senate and Assembly, would condense the state's 175 highly specific career technical-education teaching credentials into 15 broader categories for career technical-education teachers.
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May 10, 2013
I must have a lifelong misunderstanding. I was under the impression that the goal of education was to educate the individual. Obviously, I was wrong. The goal is to raise money (“ Language class could be a boon ,” May 8). I think someone should talk to Glendale teachers about the success of their language immersion program. The teachers have a lot of negative comments about these programs. Judi Glass Burbank 
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February 7, 2001
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- The Burbank Board of Education race is heating up as the city's Feb. 27 primary election approaches. From improving student test scores to attracting the best teachers to the district, school board candidates spoke about the issues at Saturday's candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. For the most part, incumbents Patricia "Trish" Burnett and Connie Lackey defended the district, while challenger Glen Forsch pointed out problems and offered alternatives.
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May 1, 2002
Dedicated Burbank teachers can relate to the picket sign message, "Inspired teachers can't fly when they work for turkeys." This is particularly true if Burbank school board member Mike McDonald is as dysfunctional as reported. ("Ex-board member...," Leader April 27-28.) McDonald is said to have condemned the fired superintendent for being "too friendly with the teachers," and always took their side. Teachers might not always be right, but they are always the heart and soul of the school system.
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January 27, 2001
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- For many Burbank Unified School District teachers, physically writing report cards for students is a thing of the past. Teachers are entering the 21st century more computer-savvy thanks to the new Report Card Maker software. The technology is making it easier for teachers to produce report cards. Instead of writing comments on a hard copy of a report card, teachers insert a CD-ROM with a copy of the progress report and type in comments.
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February 14, 2001
I applaud the sentiments expressed in Jill Herbertson's letter ("Test hardly a fair picture of schools," Feb. 7), which raised many good points about the quality of the schools and their teachers, which can hardly be measured on a test. As a further measure of fairness, in addition to tests that grade the schools and their teachers, how about tests that grade that other crucial component to any child's education -- their parents. Let's rate each child's parents in terms of the quantity and quality of their participation in their child's schoolwork, be it as simple as correcting nightly homework, all the way to volunteering in school activities, with numerous other items in between.
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January 17, 2004
Gary Moskowitz Daily High School English teacher Jon Livingston wasn't surprised to learn that at least one of his students thinks of him as "an uptight version of Pee Wee Herman" who "needs to take a chill pill." If anything, seeing those comments on the website www.RateMyTeachers.com caused Livingston to chuckle, because he knew right away that the comments referred to one isolated incident and don't reflect his overall ability to teach. RateMyTeachers.
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