Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Board Agrees to Smaller Raise

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Glendale Unified board member Shant Sahakian proposed a friendly amendment that cut the board’s pay raise from 5% to 1.5% for the upcoming year. The increase is in line with teacher raises. By Andrew J. Campa A desire for equity led Glendale Unified school board members to unanimously vote to reduce a scheduled pay raise for themselves to match increases agreed upon for the district’s teachers. The board voted, 5-0, for a friendly amendment that slashed its 5% allotted pay bump to 1.5% for the upcoming fiscal year, the same pay rate hike agreed upon by Glendale Unified and the…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified’s Mathematics Gridlock Continues

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By Andrew J. Campa The slow-moving saga over the future of Glendale Unified’s high school math curriculum was elongated another two weeks following a 5-0 vote by school board members Monday. Board members rejected the recommendation of Supt. Winfred Roberson Jr. and his district staff for the single adoption of the less-conventional College Preparatory Mathematics system, or CPM, three hours after dozens of members of the public spoke passionately for and against the curriculum. The move further exasperated months of gridlock as the district had hoped to secure a system for implementation over the next three years for integrated math…

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Shant Sahakian Appointed Chairman of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission

PRESS RELEASE: Shant Sahakian Appointed Chairman of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission

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Glendale, CA (January 22, 2018) – Glendale School Board Member Shant Sahakian was appointed as the new Chairman of the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission with the vote of his colleagues at the first Commission meeting of 2018. “I am grateful to have been entrusted as the Chairman of the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission,” stated Shant Sahakian. “I am looking forward to our Commission’s exciting year ahead and continuing our important work of supporting, promoting, and advancing arts and culture in Glendale.” Shant Sahakian was appointed to the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission in July 2015 with…

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OP-ED: Repeal of Net Neutrality is Bad for Education, Business and You

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By Shant Sahakian President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that the FCC plans to repeal net neutrality protections that require all internet traffic to be treated equally by internet service providers. The repeal of net neutrality would be the end of the internet we have always known and loved — and this should matter to everyone. Thanks to the internet, you can wake up to unpresidential tweets by the president, write nasty comments online that you would never repeat in person, and watch cat videos for hours on social media. More importantly, you can learn about…

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Glendale News-Press: Cerritos Elementary to Become a Computer Science Magnet School

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By Mark Kellam Cerritos Elementary will become a computer magnet school at the beginning of next school year, making it the fourth magnet school in the Glendale Unified School District. There was no discussion — just cheerful chuckles — before the Glendale Unified school board approved the change Tuesday after Cerritos entered into a five-year contract in July with Code to the Future, a program that provides schools with on-site coaching, lesson plans and project-based units, among other materials. Through the partnership, Cerritos students learn fundamentals of computer coding as part of their daily curriculum. In 2013, school officials were unsuccessful…

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Glendale Unified School District: Cerritos Elementary to Become GUSD’s Next Magnet School

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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the GUSD Board of Education voted to make Cerritos Elementary the next GUSD magnet school, Cerritos Computer Science Magnet, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Cerritos partnered this year with Code to the Future, a leading Computer Science program for magnet and theme-based schools. Through this partnership, Cerritos students learn fundamentals of computer coding as part of their daily curriculum. “Making Cerritos a Computer Science Magnet next year will allow GUSD to expand the outstanding coding program we began this year with Code to the Future, and attract a diverse student population to the school,”…

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Shant Sahakian California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance Graduation

PRESS RELEASE: Glendale School Board Member Shant Sahakian Graduates from California School Boards Association Program

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Glendale, CA (November 8, 2017) – Glendale School Board Member Shant Sahakian graduated from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program on Saturday, November 5, 2017. “I am proud to have graduated from the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance program,” stated Glendale School Board Member Shant Sahakian. “The program was a great opportunity to learn from fellow School Board Members from across the State of California and will help us be more effective leaders for the students we serve.” The California School Boards Association is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public…

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