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All 13 Informal Juvenile and Traffic Courts will be closed and four Delinquency Courts shuttered under the latest Los Angeles County Superior Court plan to deal with millions in proposed state budget cuts, according to an email sent last week by Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash to L.A. County officials.
As a result, tens of thousands of cases that involve typically lower-level offenses that students are cited for in and around school campuses, for example daytime curfew violations or disorderly conduct, will instead be routed through the remaining 24 Delinquency Courts — a system that often deals with more serious felony violations that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult.
"We're pushing those kids into a system that puts kids on formal probation and many times has to send kids away to juvenile probation camps, or take them out of their home," said David Sapp, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
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File: In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif.
The task force investigating the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters at UC Davis in November has tentatively scheduled the public release of its report and recommendations for Wednesday.
After an initial court hold was placed on the release, there were more hearings and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ruled the report could be unveiled without the names of some campus police officers.
The two parties have agreed that only the names of UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike and Chief Annette Spicuzza will remain in the report, and all other names are to be redacted, said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein.
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Two briefs filed this week allege LAUSD needs to include student progress as part of teacher evaluations.
Two briefs were filed this week in a Los Angeles County Superior Court case that alleges the Los Angeles Unified School District is violating a state law requiring student progress be included in teacher evaluations.
“By failing to assess teachers and administrators based on the progress of pupils and including that assessment as part of the annual evaluation, the LAUSD annually fails in its statutory obligations to the hundreds of thousands of children, their parents and guardians, taxpayers and the community it is responsible to serve,” states a brief by lawyers representing seven unnamed parents.
The suit, filed in November by the Sacramento-based nonprofit Ed Voice on behalf of the parents, is set to go to trial in June.
At its core is the more than 40-year-old “Stull Act,” which requires school districts “evaluate and assess certificated employee performance as it reasonably relates to the progress of pupils” on standards established by the district of expected achievement in each subject area at each grade level.
Outside an emergency meeting called by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to discuss the two-tier pricing plan. These demonstrators say they support the decision to raise tuition on some courses, saying it's the only way to keep the doors open.
Some Santa Monica College Board members said after today's emergency meeting that they were between a rock and a hard place fiscally speaking, but while it took three hours to accomplish, the Board voted unanimously Friday to postpone its two-tiered course pricing plan until further review. The Santa Monica College trustees wanted to ensure that, unlike Tuesday’s raucous meeting, everyone had a turn at the microphone.
It seemed that many trustees were reluctant to do it, but all six in the room voted to pause the program that would offer 50 of the college’s most popular and crowded classes this summer at nearly five times the usual cost.
Although he voted against launching the program this summer, trustee Rob Rader does support the principle behind it.
"I think the program has so much going for it," Rader said. "It’s intended to be a Robin Hood program, not a a program that’s more classist and reinforces classist discrimination. It’s meant to be one that supports equity."
About 30 students were pepper sprayed by campus police while protesting a new two-tier pricing plan for courses at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting.
Santa Monica trustees voted today to put a hold on their controversial plan to offer a two-tiered pricing structure for classes. The plan would have called for bumping the costs of some popular courses nearly five-fold.
SMC professor says class cost increases are like abortion. Nobody's for it but sometimes it's necessary.
— Vanessa Romo (@vanromo) April 6, 2012