SCHOOLS TO REGAIN FUNDS TO BUY BOOKS.Byline: David R. Baker Staff Writer
Underscoring the administrative chaos in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Unified schools, a district official said Tuesday that campuses will now get $12.7 million they should have previously received to buy new books. The cash comes from an obscure account established by the district in 1997 to let schools borrow money for textbooks. Even though Superintendent Ruben Zacarias said the loans would be forgiven, the 162 schools that borrowed money have been putting money back in the account, said incoming Superintendent Ramon Cortines.
Zacarias' directive, recalled Tuesday by several principals who have been repaying the account, was never carried out.
``It was not communicated properly,'' Cortines said. ''I don't believe it was ever committed to writing.''
Zacarias could not be reached for comment.
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2. An unclear or inadequate communication. meant they have had little cash to buy new books since 1997.
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[French extatique, from Greek ekstatikos, from to get more money,'' Winter said. He said he will have to survey his department heads to determine how many books they need and what subjects they will buy.
It was Hamilton's plight that first drew Cortines' attention to the textbook textbook Informatics A treatise on a particular subject. See Bible. loan fund. After visiting the school and hearing about their problem, he asked Zacarias about the loans.
``I said, did you intend for the people to continue paying them back, and he said no,'' Cortines said.
A district official speaking on condition of anonymity said Tuesday that there was so much confusion surrounding sur·round
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n. the loans that not all schools had been paying them back.
Schools that borrowed from the fund will receive a memo spelling out the amount they will now get to spend. A memo Cortines and district Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
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The school district has been plagued by chronic textbook shortages for years. The district gives schools about $17 per student each year for new books, but that money doesn't go far when many textbooks cost more than $20.
``No teacher in this district should be without the book they think will maximize student achievement,'' said board member David Tokofsky.