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May 19, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawsuit holding the state responsible for substandard conditions in its urban schools could focus much needed attention on the problem but could take years to have any impact on the lives of schoolchildren, legal scholars and educators agreed Thursday. The suit faces a lengthy journey through the courts and, if successful, would probably endure subsequent delays as legislators decide how to address the vexing problems it raises.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is not your forsaken pocket of inner-city decay. Brightwood Elementary School is the top performing school in a suburban, middle-class district with highly involved parents. It is both a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School that has scored far above average on the state's new Academic Performance Index.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
The state denies tens of thousands of minority students an equal educational opportunity by allowing them to attend substandard schools that lack textbooks, trained teachers and clean, modern facilities, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged in a lawsuit Wednesday.
NEWS
May 4, 2000 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
U.S. Ecology, the firm that hoped to operate the Ward Valley nuclear waste dump, is seeking $162 million in damages in a lawsuit stemming from the Davis administration's abandonment of the project. The suit, filed Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court, would also require the governor to resume efforts to acquire the site of the proposed dump near Needles in the eastern Mojave Desert. Championed by former Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Citing long-awaited improvements in Compton schools, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are expected to announce today the settlement of a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to fix deteriorating campuses and improve student learning. Settlement of the suit is seen as a step toward returning control of the troubled district to the Compton school board.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three California State University professors on Thursday filed suit against the state and the union that represents them, claiming there are constitutional problems with a new California law that forces them to pay about $600 each in annual dues. The professors are represented by the Virginia-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which has filed dozens of lawsuits across the country challenging compulsory collection of union dues, with limited success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday charging that she was molested repeatedly by a male instructor and a guard while in custody at the California Youth Authority's Ventura School in Camarillo. The woman, who has since been transferred to Humboldt County, charged that she was coerced into posing in pornographic videos made by former instructor Bradley Gardner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2000 | MEG JAMES and MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Caltrans Director Jose Medina, under fire for his handling of an Orange County toll road deal, on Tuesday for the first time defended his decision to quietly settle a lawsuit that postponed improvements to the notoriously snarled Riverside Freeway.
NEWS
February 2, 2000 | MEG JAMES and MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Caltrans director Jose Medina, under fire over his handling of an Orange County toll road deal, defended for the first time Tuesday his decision to quietly settle a lawsuit that postponed improvements to the notoriously snarled Riverside Freeway.
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