January 10, 2000 |
Alarmed by his son's insipid textbooks, an electrical engineer named Blouke Carus sat down at his kitchen table in 1962 and transformed the way children would one day learn to read. With a stack of reference books at his side, he cobbled the skills of phonics with classic children's literature--and peddled his program to schools. For decades, this frustrated father from Peru, Ill., was ignored, even ridiculed.
February 4, 1997 |
Californians are less anxious about access to higher education than they were three years ago, and more believe that some college is "necessary for almost everyone," according to a study released Monday. About 54% of 800 people randomly polled by the New York-based nonprofit group Public Agenda said that attending college was more difficult today than 10 years ago--but that figure is considerably lower than the 67% who said the same thing when asked in a 1993 poll.
March 24, 1993 |
Showing unprecedented unity, leaders of California's public and private higher education systems warned Tuesday that the state must restore its historic commitment to funding colleges and universities or face economic catastrophe. Continuing cutbacks on campuses trap the state in its deep recession and jeopardize the future of many thousands of young people, the educators said.
September 8, 1999 |
Even as a national political debate intensifies over ways to provide parents with alternatives to the nearest public school, the reality is that nearly one in four students already is exercising such a choice either on a public or private campus. A study to be released today estimates that nearly 8 million children nationally attend charter schools, magnet schools or other alternatives to neighborhood schools that began emerging a generation ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1992 |
The formation of a new think tank on higher education in California was announced Tuesday, along with a $6-million grant from the James Irvine Foundation to fund the effort. The California Higher Education Policy Center, to be headquartered in San Jose, will study issues of access, price and quality of education in both public and private colleges and universities, according to Patrick Callan, executive director.
January 14, 2001 |
California's massive standardized testing program is having some unintended effects both in and outside the classroom, results that have little to do with lawmakers' goals of improving education and boosting accountability. At some schools, teachers have students read short passages instead of entire books because that's what's on the test. At other schools, lessons on science and social studies have been abandoned to make more time for drilling on test-related material.
February 4, 1996 |
After losing two of their last three bids to win more money for state colleges and universities, California's higher education leaders have finally learned a lesson long taught by former U.S. House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, who made famous the phrase: "All politics is local."
April 26, 1991 |
In the middle of the state's escalating fiscal crisis, officials of a university-based think tank on Thursday stepped up their efforts to see that California's bursting schools--targeted for deep cuts to help balance the budget--get more money eventually. "We need to add $2 billion per year" to stay even with the rapid growth in the state's school population projected through at least the end of the decade, said Allan R.
December 9, 1988
Spurred by record ticket sales thus far in fiscal year 1988-89, California State Lottery officials said they will transfer about $235 million to public education, the largest first-quarter transfer in the lottery's three-year history. The $235 million equates to an average daily attendance figure of about $41 per student for the quarter and significantly exceeds first-quarter transfers for previous fiscal years--$109 million in 1986-87 and $139 million in 1987-88.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1997
Rising college costs are placing a greater burden than ever on California students and their families, despite the state's improving economy, the California Higher Education Policy Center reports. Examining trends in student aid over a six-year period, the San Jose-based research group found that the share of family income needed to pay college fees was much higher in 1996 than in 1990.