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OPINION
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
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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.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AOL Mail has changed its policies to prevent spammers from sending messages out of addresses that are made to look like real AOL email accounts. The company announced the change Tuesday afternoon after numerous users took to Twitter to complain that their accounts were being used to send spam and that changing their passwords was not resolving the issue. Some users complained that spam was being sent from AOL accounts that had been deleted. That was possible because the spam messages were not being sent from users' actual accounts.
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."
SPORTS
July 24, 2012 | By Chris Foster
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
Last Tuesday we went to the polls for a special school district election on a bond issue for more school capacity. We have no argument with the need for adequate school availability, nor for the overriding need for education of young and old. We do wonder what has been done with that money that was to flow into California's educational program--from the devious promises made by the backers of the lottery in order to give the lottery a semblance of...
OPINION
May 20, 2003
Re "Schools Go AYP Over Test," Commentary, May 8: John Merrow describes the "adequate yearly progress" measurement system as an annual measurement, arguing that this "snapshot" is prone to a "sizable error range." He neglects to mention that when determining which schools are in need of improvement, states specifically base their decisions on multiple years of data for the reason that it is important to identify trends and not one-time snapshots. Merrow also describes "machine-scored, multiple-choice tests" as the only criteria by which schools will be measured.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
You've got (spam) mail. Several AOL users are complaining on Twitter that their email accounts have been hacked and are being used to send out spam to others. Multiple users have said that their accounts have been affected despite not being used in a long time. Among them is Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. "I've gotten a couple of emails from friends telling me that my AOL account had been hacked and that they were getting spammed by it. The thing is, that account has been closed for at least two years," Parsons said in an email.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our homeowner association's president explained to our board how the budget process actually works. She said: "You start by working out how much you can get out of the homeowners, then you go to the Budget and Reserve Study to figure out how to get that result. The reserve study company will work with us by doing a couple of go-arounds to get us to the result we want. " Am I being naive to think the job of a reserve study company is to come up with realistic numbers, instead of numbers that fit the board's agenda?
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am trying to help my retired parents refinance their home. Currently they are paying over 8% interest. (This loan should be illegal.) The problem is their credit score, which is around 536. They had a tax lien in 2004 (it has been paid off for over four years) and some minor credit card issues. The total card debt is less than $1,000. I see several bad footnotes on these cards. Some of the cards have a balance of less than $100. What is the best and fastest way to help them get the mortgage they deserve?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
It didn't last long, but for a short time in the 1840s the Mississippi River town of Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois. While most municipalities thrived on trade, Nauvoo's propelling force was something much less tangible: faith. And that would also be the city's downfall. Before the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons - made Salt Lake City the center of their earthly existence, they had settled in Nauvoo, following their founding prophet Joseph Smith.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter. Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection. Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
Two conflicting eyewitness accounts emerged Saturday as investigators delved deeper into the cause of the horrific collision between a truck and a charter bus that killed 10 and cast a pall over a college-acceptance trip to Humboldt State University. A driver who was sideswiped moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath a FedEx freight truck as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash and watched the twin-trailer FedEx vehicle swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into the fast lane.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
If you've ever wanted to read a 20,000-word story about Edward Snowden, you'll get your chance pretty soon. The former National Security Agency contractor -- and currently world-famous intelligence leaker -- has been granting more and more interviews since he absconded with agency documents and sought asylum in Russia last year after sharing those documents with journalists. Idolized and reviled by many, one of Snowden's newest appearances in the spotlight will come in a long narrative story about his leak (and life thereafter)
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An ATM in Maine spewed out $37,000 in cash to a man who began stuffing the bills into shopping bags. South Portland police received a report that a man had been lingering at an ATM for an unusually long time last week. When officers arrived they found that he was grabbing cash by the fistful and cramming it into bags. “He showed the officers and said 'Yeah, this is my bag of money,'” Lt. Todd Bernard told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. But that was not the case. The 55-year-old man had emptied his account of its $140.
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