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By Candice Baker | January 28, 2009
Huntington Beach’s three public school districts will be the recipients of settlement funds from a lawsuit claiming state-legislated standards for special education, which are much more rigorous than national standards, haven’t been adequately funded. The suit, filed by the San Diego Unified School District, Butte County Office of Education and Joaquin County Office of Education, sought to receive retroactive and future funding for programs enacted due to the state’s Hughes Bill, which details how special education students may be disciplined.
NEWS
January 11, 2001
Angelique Flores After 20 years of incurring possibly millions in debt from the state, the four local school district boards agreed to accept a settlement to recover lost special education funding. "Special education has been underfunded for some time," said Steve McMahon, assistant superintendent of business administration at the Fountain Valley School District. "It never really paid for itself. It's been coming from the general fund." Districts will be paid according to their average daily attendance.
NEWS
June 29, 2000
Angelique Flores School districts across Orange County met last week to coordinate education and lobbying efforts for special education funding. The districts are following advice from a grand jury report released in April, which found that the federal government is not fulfilling its promise to pay 40% of special education costs. Though the school districts have done informal lobbying with legislation in the past, the grand jury report recommended a formal cooperative plan among all the school districts.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
Andrew Edwards The Huntington Beach Union High School District proposes to add two new special education programs in hopes of keeping special needs students in district schools. The new programs, which would start in the fall, would be self-contained classes that would serve autistic students and students identified as being emotionally disturbed. If both programs are successfully put into place, the district may be able to attract students who are currently being educated in specialized private schools, said Irene White, director of the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education.
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By Britney Barnes | January 7, 2010
The Connections Club isn’t a hot new hangout spot, but students at Marina High School are still interested. The fledgling club was started in October by 15-year-old Tara Abrams to help special-education students develop their social skills and increase students’ awareness of the special-needs community. “It’s not the biggest club, or the most popular club, but everyone in it is so committed,” Tara said. The club has a special meaning for the sophomore, whose older brother Adam, 17, has high-functioning autism.
NEWS
March 15, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED: Dave Larsen, the district's general counsel, recommended that the board seek legal written advice from the Fair Political Practices Commission concerning the potential conflict-of-interest issues raised by trustee Sallie Dashiell's participation in Individualized Educational Plan meetings on behalf of parents. The letter also requests advice on Dashiell's ability to participate in budgetary decisions affecting the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education, which Huntington Beach Union High School District is apart of. WHAT IT MEANS: In December, Fountain Valley School District wrote a letter to the Huntington Beach district asking that Dashiell cease her role in attending Individual Education Plan meetings for a Fountain Valley student.
NEWS
May 4, 2000
Paula Pisani It's not about who wins: It's about the victory of accomplishment and the good feeling that comes from helping others. That's how coordinators of Village View Elementary School's version of Special Olympics describe the event. The Huntington Beach school hosted Wednesday's program for its special education students, along with those from Circle View and Lake View elementary schools.Former special education teacher Ann Carr started the event at Circle View in 1989.
NEWS
April 8, 2004
Andrew Edwards Lake View Elementary is one of 50 schools across the country that will join NASA's Explorer School Program, a three-year arrangement beginning next school year in which NASA will provide funding and instructional aid to boost the school's science program for fourth- and fifth-graders. "If this is what Lake View is known for -- that once you get into the upper grades the science program is just [tough as] nails -- that would be great," Principal Thomas Potwora said.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
Mike Sciacca The tide turned favorably Tuesday morning for Andy Verdone. For the teacher and coach who was being forced to leave his beloved school for another within the Huntington Beach Union High School District this fall, the black ball was replaced by a green flag. Verdone, the long-time surf coach and special education teacher at Huntington Beach High School since 1983, received a transfer notice on June 17, notifying him that due to budget cuts his teaching position had been eliminated and that he was being transferred to Westminster High.
NEWS
January 25, 2001
Angelique Flores HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A high school district trustee is being accused of conflict of interest after she made recommendations to Fountain Valley school officials on the needs of a special education student. Last month the Fountain Valley School District wrote a complaint letter to the Huntington Beach Union High School District accusing its two-year trustee Sallie Dashiell of conflict of interest. On three separate occasions in October and December, Dashiell attended Individual Education Plan meetings for the Fountain Valley student.
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September 2, 2010
Name: Rochelle Giuseffi Age: 65 Birthplace: San Francisco Residence: 16538 Mt. Sherrod Circle, Fountain Valley Occupation: retired educator Education: St. Anthony’s Girls High School; Long Beach Business College, School of Dental Assisting Experience as an educator: I have worked in special education for the Westminster School District since 2000 on the elementary...
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By Britney Barnes | January 7, 2010
The Connections Club isn’t a hot new hangout spot, but students at Marina High School are still interested. The fledgling club was started in October by 15-year-old Tara Abrams to help special-education students develop their social skills and increase students’ awareness of the special-needs community. “It’s not the biggest club, or the most popular club, but everyone in it is so committed,” Tara said. The club has a special meaning for the sophomore, whose older brother Adam, 17, has high-functioning autism.
NEWS
By Frank Infusino | February 18, 2009
Mr. Rod Kunishige was no doubt sincere in the thoughts and ideas he offered on improving education in California (“Change education,” Feb. 12). But, unfortunately, several of the points he made and the conclusions drawn, perpetuated some current misconceptions regarding public education in California. For example, Kunishige states, “A high school diploma only reflects an achievement at the ninth-grade level, not the 12th.” Not so! The high school exit exam, which all students must now pass, was established as the minimum requirement to attain a diploma.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | January 28, 2009
Huntington Beach’s three public school districts will be the recipients of settlement funds from a lawsuit claiming state-legislated standards for special education, which are much more rigorous than national standards, haven’t been adequately funded. The suit, filed by the San Diego Unified School District, Butte County Office of Education and Joaquin County Office of Education, sought to receive retroactive and future funding for programs enacted due to the state’s Hughes Bill, which details how special education students may be disciplined.
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By Michael Alexander | June 25, 2008
The father of an 8-year-old autistic boy is suing the Ocean View School District, two of its teachers and the city of Huntington Beach, alleging that the teachers’ use of an aggressive restraining technique hurt the child physically and emotionally. Huntington Beach resident Robert Velasquez is asking for more than $25,000 on behalf of his son for alleged negligence, false imprisonment and infringement on his civil rights, according to the suit. Filed in May in Orange County Superior Court, the suit accuses former Lake View Elementary School teacher Gina Messig and teaching assistant Mai Vo of using “prone restraint” — holding someone face-down — on the boy without proper training, as well as the district for failing to train its teachers in its correct use. The alleged incident took place in a Lake View Elementary School special education class.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Andrew Edwards School board candidate Jim Peters' interest in public education started with a legal fight. Peters is running for a seat on the Huntington Union High School District's board. In 1994, he and the Ocean View School District become locked in a highly publicized legal battle to determine whether then 6-year-old son, Jimmy,could sit in a mainstream classroom. News reports from 1994 stated the school district tried to block Jimmy, who is mentally disabled, from attending regular kindergarten classes at Circle View Elementary School, despite Peter's objections.
NEWS
April 8, 2004
Andrew Edwards Lake View Elementary is one of 50 schools across the country that will join NASA's Explorer School Program, a three-year arrangement beginning next school year in which NASA will provide funding and instructional aid to boost the school's science program for fourth- and fifth-graders. "If this is what Lake View is known for -- that once you get into the upper grades the science program is just [tough as] nails -- that would be great," Principal Thomas Potwora said.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
Andrew Edwards The Huntington Beach Union High School District proposes to add two new special education programs in hopes of keeping special needs students in district schools. The new programs, which would start in the fall, would be self-contained classes that would serve autistic students and students identified as being emotionally disturbed. If both programs are successfully put into place, the district may be able to attract students who are currently being educated in specialized private schools, said Irene White, director of the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
Mike Sciacca The tide turned favorably Tuesday morning for Andy Verdone. For the teacher and coach who was being forced to leave his beloved school for another within the Huntington Beach Union High School District this fall, the black ball was replaced by a green flag. Verdone, the long-time surf coach and special education teacher at Huntington Beach High School since 1983, received a transfer notice on June 17, notifying him that due to budget cuts his teaching position had been eliminated and that he was being transferred to Westminster High.
NEWS
March 15, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED: Dave Larsen, the district's general counsel, recommended that the board seek legal written advice from the Fair Political Practices Commission concerning the potential conflict-of-interest issues raised by trustee Sallie Dashiell's participation in Individualized Educational Plan meetings on behalf of parents. The letter also requests advice on Dashiell's ability to participate in budgetary decisions affecting the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education, which Huntington Beach Union High School District is apart of. WHAT IT MEANS: In December, Fountain Valley School District wrote a letter to the Huntington Beach district asking that Dashiell cease her role in attending Individual Education Plan meetings for a Fountain Valley student.
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