Cortines’ sexual harassment accuser says he was terminated in retaliation
Despite widespread praise for his leadership of LA Unified, including standing ovations at recent school board meetings, Superintendent Ramon Cortines finds himself facing a familiar adversary, a veteran district employee who is now accusing the district of firing him in retaliation for his past lawsuits against Cortines. Scot Graham, who accused Cortines of sexual harassment in three previous lawsuits,...
By Craig Clough | July 16, 2015
Analysis: Graham lawsuit poses serious questions for LAUSD board
We’ve all seen this in person or on TV: One lawyer says something provocative or inappropriate, and the opposing lawyer leaps to his feet, saying “Objection, your honor.” “Sustained,” says the judge. “The jury will disregard that last remark.” After yesterday, we’re now all in the jury box, trying to figure out what to make...
By Michael Janofsky | February 26, 2015
JUST IN: New lawsuit charges Cortines with sexual misconduct
Old accusations of sexual misconduct by LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines resurfaced today in a new lawsuit that includes explosive new assertions sure to cause anger, embarrassment and disruptions at district headquarters. Scot Graham, who was hired by Cortines in 2000 to be the district’s Director of Real Estate, renewed his charges that Cortines, 82, made unwanted...
By Craig Clough | February 25, 2015
Morning Read: Common People
• LAUSD to Begin Phasing In Common Core Curriculum Standards: The standards, the first ever national standards for public school curriculum, have been adopted by all but five states. Lots of changes are coming, including: basic algebra and geometry starting in kindergarden (!), less literature and more informational reading, and more integration of math and english....
By Hillel Aron | August 6, 2012