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Vance Miller, 2010 Music Educator of the Year, sued for allegedly molesting student

Vance Miller

Hamilton Music Academy Magnet website

Vance Miller, 59, taught at Hamilton Music Academy Magnet for 17 years and has taught for LAUSD for more than 35 years since his start as a substitute teacher in 1975.

A longtime teacher at Hamilton High School’s music magnet program has been accused of sexually molesting at least four students in the mid-1990s through 2010 and is being sued by one former student, according to court documents and a police report.

A complaint was filed last April against Vance Miller, 59, of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Unified School District alleging sexual battery and negligence. The preliminary paperwork for a second complaint with similar allegations was filed in November.

Miller was a well-known and respected teacher at Hamilton Music Academy Magnet for 17 years and has taught in the district for more than 35 years since his start as a substitute teacher in 1975. He taught at Loyola Performance Arts Magnet for 15 years prior to Hamilton, according to district records.


Does your public school require student fees?

According to the ACLU's lawsuit against California (Doe v. State of California) at least 32 districts' schools required illegal student fees according to information posted on their website as of Aug. 27, 2010. The suit was filed in September 2010.

To check if your school was on their list, check out the complaint. Pages 13 through 17 include a list of schools as well as what the illegal fees included.

A good number of the 32 are from Southern California, including Beverly Hills High School, Malibu High School, Los Alamitos High School, Dana Hills High School, the California Academy for Math and Science (Long Beach Unified School District), and Arcadia High School.

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California has failed to protect children's right to free education, lawsuit says

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When a 16-year-old Orange County sophomore couldn’t afford to buy her Spanish class workbook, the teacher wrote her name on the whiteboard up front, and there it remained for weeks.

Her story, and a similar tale of a 14-year-old Orange County student, are the basis of a more than year-old class-action suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against California.

The suit argues the state has failed to protect children's constitutional right to a free education by allowing school districts to charge for books and other educational supplies. The ACLU says it's the state's responsibility to set up a system to ensure districts follow the law.

State officials have argued it is up to the local districts to make sure schools abide by the law.

In a series of twists and turns, the paper trail for Doe v. State of California goes back to September 2010. On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl West denied a motion to dismiss the case, made by the state, California Board of Education, superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson, and California Department of Education.