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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998
Despite profound differences in everything from lesson plans to student bodies, four charter schools that were granted new five-year mandates this week share one thing: They offer hope for reform in the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District. Not so much in what they do but in how they do it. Charter schools enjoy exemption from many state and district rules governing curriculum and funding--giving principals, teachers and parents stronger roles in deciding how children are taught.
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OPINION
April 23, 2003
Charter schools have always dangled the promise of education set free from bureaucracy to soar, opening new paths for accelerated learning. So far, the results have been mixed. Though some charter schools model educational excellence, others struggle along with low test scores and untrained teachers, with no one monitoring them or helping them improve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1994
Charter schools--public schools that operate with greater autonomy under individual "charters," free of many state and district rules--are an important education experiment allowed under a 1992 state law. Offering the freedom to tailor a school environment to the needs of the students, charters have spawned great success stories.
OPINION
March 23, 2010 | By Ron Wolk
Education historian Diane Ravitch is half right. In her March 14 Times Op-Ed article, "The Big Idea — it's bad education policy," Ravitch warns that there is no silver-bullet solution to our education problems. For the record: In a previous version of this article, one sentence incorrectly referred to Diane Ravitch as a man. She is correct. Having been an ardent supporter of the standards-based accountability strategy of the last 25 years and a champion of school choice, she has seen the light and become a convert, like St. Paul on the road to Damascus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Latino advocacy group is drafting a proposal to complete the stalled Belmont Learning Complex, solve its environmental problems and turn the campus near downtown Los Angeles into a privately run charter high school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Six charter schools involved in a widespread cheating scandal are likely to earn a reprieve that will allow them to remain open, Los Angeles school officials said. The unofficial word came from new Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy, who said he was satisfied that the Crescendo charter school group had taken appropriate steps to deal with the problems on the South Los Angeles campuses. "It is likely that the school[s] will remain open as a result of the decisions they have made, who they have fired and safeguards put in place that we have monitored," Deasy said in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998 | HOLLY EDWARDS
Jacqueline Elliot's dream of establishing a charter middle school in Pacoima took a step closer to reality Tuesday when she announced a site had been found at the Japanese American Community Center at 12953 Branford St. Elliot, a curriculum advisor at Montague Charter Academy, a charter elementary school in Pacoima, has spearheaded the drive to establish a charter middle school that would serve troubled youth of the Pacoima community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000
Test results published in The Times on Tuesday and Wednesday did not include the complete list of charter schools. The chart below provides scores for those schools as measured by the percentage of students at or above the 50th percentile, which is the national average. The change in scores is the percentage of students who moved up or down in the rankings since 1998.
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