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Cal State trustees approve salary increases for 3 campus presidents, despite freeze

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Cal State trustees have OK'd salary increases for three of their campus presidents, by-passing a compensation freeze by using private funds. This comes on the heels of campus rallys protesting the Cal State system for hiking tuition.

The Cal State University trustees approved salary increases for three campus presidents on Tuesday. 

Technically there’s a freeze on all executive compensation for Cal State’s 23 campuses because the system’s finances are in such bad shape, meaning that state money can’t go to raises for campus presidents. But, nevertheless, trustees approved a raise for three university presidents — drawing on money from independently-run foundations. 

"So again, that’s not taxpayer funds," says Mike Uhlenkamp with the Cal State chancellor's office. "It’s private funds that [are] generated by the fundraising arm of their respective university."

Uhlenkamp says the university system wants to remain competitive in a national marketplace for talent "whether it’s for a president, a faculty member or a staff member."

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State agency suspends teaching credential of LAUSD coach

Kip Arnold teaching credential suspended

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

A screen shot of Kip Arnold's suspended teaching credential for misconduct.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing today suspended the credential of an L.A. Unified physical education teacher charged with multiple felony counts of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Kip Richard Arnold, 51, a Southeast Middle School teacher, was charged Friday with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child who was 14, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, plus one count of evading an officer, according to Deputy District Attorney Diana Martinez.

Arnold is on unpaid leave from his teaching position with L.A. Unified as of Monday, district officials said.

"The staff of employee relations will monitor the criminal proceedings until the matter is concluded," said LAUSD spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry. She said the state's education code requires a mandatory leave of absence when a teacher is charged with committing a sex offense.

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Cal State trustees consider contingency plans in face of $250 million shortfall

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California Faculty Association members staging a protest of a CSU meeting. CSU trustees are considering a plethora of contingency plans if voters reject a tax initiative intended to cover the university’s growing shortfall.

The Cal State University chancellor’s office says “the easy choices are gone” when it comes to budget-cutting. CSU trustees are considering a plethora of contingency plans at their meeting on Tuesday if voters reject a tax initiative intended to cover the university’s growing shortfall.

Cal State Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage says it's time to consider "something that we call a 'trigger on a trigger.'"

That’s a series of cuts that would take effect if state lawmakers remove $250 million from the university’s budget in November.

And, Turnage says, that won’t be pretty.

"All the feasible approaches that add up to $250 million share one thing in common," says the vice chancellor. "And that is that they are unpalatable."

To keep all 23 Cal State campuses functioning, the trustees have two options. They could hike tuition by another $150 per semester for in-state students, and kick it up almost double that for out-of-staters — or they could slash the system’s enrollment by about 6,000 students. 

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LAUSD phys ed teacher placed on unpaid leave for alleged sex crimes

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An LAUSD teacher suspected committing lewd acts on children took police on a chase ending with a crash on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

An L.A. Unified physical education teacher who careened off the freeway following a police chase has been placed on unpaid leave today after he was charged with multiple felony counts of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl, district officials said.

Kip Richard Arnold, 51, a Southeast Middle School teacher, was charged Friday with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child who was 14, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, plus one count of evading an officer, according to Deputy District Attorney Diana Martinez.

"The staff of employee relations will monitor the criminal proceedings until the matter is concluded," said LAUSD spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry. She said the state's education code requires a mandatory leave of absence when a teacher is charged with committing a sex offense.

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Caltech students and professors respond to NCAA sanctions

Caltech NCAA

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In this Feb. 1, 2006, file photo, California Institute of Technology head basketball coach Roy Dow watches his team play against Occidental College in Pasadena, Calif. The California Institute of Technology has been given a reprimand and penalties for fielding players who were academically ineligible, the NCAA announced on Thursday.

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In the world of college sports, there are power-houses like USC and UCLA, and then you have your Bad News Bears-type teams —or, in this case, Bad News Beavers. Turns out that Cal Tech—a school better known for setting losing streak records—has been hit with sanctions by the NCAA.

That’s left students and professors, including chemistry professor Harry Gray, dumbfounded. Upon hearing the news that Cal Tech’s student-athletes had violated the rules for playing while ineligible, Gray had to get to the bottom of it. So he got into his Lexus and drove to the Pasadena campus.
 
“This isn’t Penn State. This is Caltech,” he said walking hurriedly toward the Athletic Building. “You know our baseball team just lost 400 games in a row. Why should anybody investigate us? We’re actually not winning any games. I think this is some crazy gimmick or something to maybe get attention for us now, to come out at the same time as Penn State.”

Not exactly. Caltech has a unique class enrollment system that allows students to sit-in on classes before officially registering. That means, technically, they’re not full-time students during that period.

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