December 27, 2013
Re "When charter schools fail," Opinion, Dec. 23 As a longtime elementary school teacher, I know that the single most important factor in a student's success is the involvement of parents. The mere fact that a parent has taken the time to apply to a charter or magnet school means that those schools have students whose parents are at least paying attention to their children's education. Charter and magnet schools in effect skim the cream off the top of public schools. It's unfair to fully attribute any success they might have to teaching methods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 |
An administrator from San Diego's acclaimed High Tech High has been named head of the California Charter Schools Assn., which has been a powerful advocate and organizing force for charter schools in the state, the organization announced Monday. Jed Wallace, chief operations officer of High Tech High since 2004, takes over an association that rose to prominence under the leadership of former Los Angeles school board member Caprice Young. Young left in August to take a job with Knowledge Universe, an education venture owned by financier and philanthropist Michael Milken.
August 15, 2009
Re "Charters get an unsatisfactory grade," Opinion, Aug. 11 I have been following with great interest the many issues related to our public schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere, as both a retired teacher and a grandmother. Diane Ravitch, in her thoughtful and well-researched Times Op-Ed article, says it all. The public school system has served our country well. I believe it should be improved and preserved. I hope our Los Angeles Unified School District Board pays attention to the research Ravitch discusses before it gives away our schools to private enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 |
In a case that could have impact statewide, a Los Angeles jury Friday found the operators of a west San Fernando Valley charter school guilty of illegally taking or misappropriating more than $200,000 in public funds. Together, Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, 40, and his wife, Tatyana Berkovich, 36, faced 26 felony counts for using state money in ways they insisted were legal under laws that apply to nonprofits and charter schools in California. Over several years, for example, they spent more than $34,000 on meals, entertainment and gifts that they classified as business expenses or gestures of appreciation for teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2011 |
At Larchmont Charter School in Los Angeles, a former restaurant chef whips up pasta with fresh vegetable sauce for lunch one day; on another he offers a salad bar with figs grown on campus. But 500 miles north, in tiny Red Bluff, lunchtime at Sacramento River Discovery Charter School is decidedly different: Students must either bring their own lunches or place orders with parent volunteers who make a daily run to Taco Bell, Burger King or Subway. Cafeteria food at traditional public schools has long had a bad reputation, but at least children can count on a meal that's free for needy families.
March 1, 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District has rightly been raising the bar for its public schools. Now it needs to do the same for its charter schools. For years, the district has been reluctant to close problematic charters, even when the California Charter Schools Assn., an organization that promotes the publicly funded but independently run schools, has recommended doing so. On Tuesday, the school board will be faced with a clear case: Crescendo Schools, whose six campuses in L.A. Unified engaged in rampant cheating on the yearly state standardized tests.