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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.
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.
December 14, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to ban charter schools from offering admission to families in exchange for volunteer work or other services. The admission preference had been offered by two popular charter schools overseen by the L.A. Unified School District. One, Larchmont Charter School, ended the practice recently. The other, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, was already headed toward dropping the preference. The schools have long waiting lists; the law provides for a lottery when there are more applicants than spaces.
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.
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.
October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school were sentenced Friday for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 in public funds in a case that could affect charter schools statewide. Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, the co-founder of Ivy Academia Charter School, faces four years and eight months in prison. His wife, Tatyana Berkovich, who had a lesser role in managing school finances, must serve 45 days in County Jail. She also will be sentenced to five years probation and 320 hours of community service.
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.
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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