August 1, 1999
Re "Pockets of Progress but Question Marks, Too," July 23: Please know that my decision to temporarily withdraw my school accountability plan from school board consideration does in no way suggest that we are abandoning our efforts to hold schools accountable for student achievement. If approved, our new accountability plan will not only use standardized test scores to evaluate a school's performance, it will do so in a much tougher way than did our groundbreaking 100 schools plan. The reason for withholding our plan for a brief period is only to allow time for district staff to align portions of our plan with the one being developed by the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997
In response to "Grading the Teachers," editorial, Sept. 14: Holding teachers accountable for student achievement is, as you state, not simple. Nor should it be simple when one seriously considers the nature of teaching. Those critics who would measure student performance solely based on standardized tests fail to understand the diverse needs of our student population and appreciate the significant progress of the teaching profession. To challenge teachers with accountability is fair and reason- able, but the means of assessment must be valid and reliable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1997
Re "Zacarias Cracks the Whip," Aug. 4. I am delighted to see [LAUSD Supt. Ruben] Zacarias' plans for accountability in education, especially when recalling those of his predecessor, and hope he gets the support necessary to see his program through to a definite conclusion. He should be eager to accept the assistance of Ted Mitchell, "a high-ranking UCLA administrator who formerly headed the Graduate School of Education," and should apply Mitchell's ideas in an accountable experimental way. Low-scoring schools could be matched into three comparable groups--one group to use primarily Mitchell's academic advice, another to use primarily teacher-training by outstanding teachers, and the third group free to choose and apply methods used in more successful neighboring schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1992
Budgetgate--Who knew and when did they know? Official documents prepared by officials of the Los Angeles County Office of Education made public March 18 leave tainted the credibility of statements by Antelope Valley Union High School District administrative officials that the district did not have knowledge of the impending $6-million deficit. In fact, the documents indicate "a potential negative position as high as $14.6 million may be realized by the end of the fiscal year."
July 24, 2012 |
UCLACoach Jim Mora's first words at his first Pac-12 media day were: “What's that?” Mora had just been asked by the moderator to make an opening statement and was off to a slow start. Still, it may work out better than opening with a joke that became a self-fulfilling prophecy. A year ago, then-UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel's first words were, “I'm happy to be here. But as a coach on the proverbial hot seat, I guess you're happy to be anywhere” The buzzwords that might keep Mora around longer were tossed out. Mora frequently used “accountability” throughout the 20-minute group media session.
October 22, 2006
Re "Torture and accountability," Opinion, Oct. 17 It seems that Alan Dershowitz is still in favor of the rack and other forms of torture to find those mythical "ticking bombs." Only now he's complaining that when President Clinton suggested something similar, the media and public didn't beat up on him. But Clinton pointed out that he didn't know of any ticking bomb instances, and he was aware that errors had been made in deciding who was a suspect. Dershowitz has not, to my knowledge, addressed what to do with innocent people who have been subjected to torture warrants.