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January 8, 2005
Jeff Benson Local teachers joined their state counterparts in vowing to fight a proposal made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- in his State of the State speech this week -- for a merit-based pay system for teachers that would do away with a long-standing method based on tenure. Newport-Mesa teacher's union president James Rogers said he and members of the California Federation of Teachers believe the governor reneged on a deal he made last year with state education officials.
October 14, 2004
In a Community Commentary column Sept. 17, "Ethnic diversity a no-show in OCC faculty," Humberto Caspa expressed concern that while there have been major increases of minority students at OCC, "in a period of 15 years, only a handful of minority professors were hired." That's the least of OCC faculty problems. First, over the past 15 years, OCC has hardly hired any faculty. In fact, by not replacing retirees, they've allowed the full-time faculty to diminish in an alarming fashion.
By Michael Miller | April 6, 2007
CORONA DEL MAR — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's teachers sounded another charge Thursday in their campaign for higher salaries, picketing outside Corona del Mar High School in their second public protest in two weeks. The teachers, most clad in black, waved signs by the curb as the school held its annual open house inside for parents. The event drew fewer protesters than last week's demonstration at the school board meeting, where hundreds of teachers gathered, but it still kept the teachers' cause public while negotiations dragged on behind closed doors.
October 25, 2007
UC Irvine researchers have received about $1 million to develop a training program that will help Compton Unified School District’s kindergarten through second-grade teachers improve math and science instruction. The California Postsecondary Education Commission’s grant will be used to design, oversee and measure the effectiveness of the university’s “Science and Math Impacting Learners of English” project this week. The project stretches over four years and trains 225 teachers in effective techniques on how to reach students learning English as a second language when they study math and science.
By Michael Alexander | February 5, 2009
One teacher needed character-building DVDs for her at-risk freshman students. Another needed 50 new music stands for the middle school band. Two special-education teachers asked for a “sensory table” so that severely disabled students could explore different textures and practice motor skills. More than a hundred got their wish Thursday night at the annual Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation’s Grants to Teachers awards dinner. Each year, the organization raises money from donors across the area, then gives it all away to teachers who write grant requests for the materials they say will transform their classrooms.
March 16, 2000
Veronica Duran COSTA MESA -- There's a void in the carpool group Richard Rapp started 25 years ago from Orange County to Towne Avenue Elementary School in Carson. Rapp, 53, who taught at the school for 32 years, lost his nine-month battle with cancer at 6 a.m. March 9 at his home in Costa Mesa. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the main sanctuary at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, 3800 S. Fairview Blvd. in Santa Ana. Now his carpool mates -- fellow teachers Joy Ferguson, Jeri Goldsbrough and Criss Kiefer -- will ride without him. "When I saw him this past Friday, he was very calm," Ferguson said.
February 9, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- The innovative ideas of district teachers were richly rewarded Thursday night when the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation presented more than $270,000 in grants. Twenty-eight major donors showed their generosity by awarding grants for programs ranging from A to Z . . . I Can Read, a reading instruction program, to Technology-To-Go, which offers special education students access to portable laptop-style keyboards. The grants translate into 104 new programs for students.
December 4, 2003
Deirdre Newman The application takes almost a year to complete, and the intensity that goes into it is comparable to getting a master's degree, say teachers who have applied for National Board Certification. This year, three Newport-Mesa Unified School District elementary teachers ascended to the highest echelon of the profession by gaining board certification: Chandra Prough of Newport Coast, Michelle Hanscom of College Park and Amy Hocker of Newport Heights.
June 24, 2005
Alicia Robinson After going through it almost half a dozen times, graduation at Newport Harbor High School is old hat for Neena Miller. She watched her daughter, Kristen, complete her high school career Thursday on the school's football field, as all her other children have done before. "She's my youngest of five children," and they all went to Newport Harbor, Neena Miller said. She was among hundreds of people packed into the Newport Harbor bleachers to watch the class of 2005 graduate.
January 12, 2007
      EDITOR'S NOTE: A Daily Pilot staffer went to Edwards Big Newport to get moviegoers' opinions of "Freedom Writers," starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton and Scott Glenn.  "Freedom Writers" tells the story of Erin Gruwell — played by Hilary Swank — a young, idealistic, student teacher who began her career in education in 1993 at Wilson High School in Long Beach. Her students were black, Latino and Asian; at war with the world and each other; gang members; drugdealers; and young adults with no idea what it meant to believe in their potential.
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