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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.
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OPINION
April 23, 2007
Re "Charter mania," Opinion, April 19 I retired last June from teaching after 33 years, including five years at a converted charter school. Charters have been embraced largely to avoid the voucher controversy. There are two key points not mentioned here that merit discussion. First, the law creating charter schools championed the idea of innovative education and creativity in curriculum development and instructional practice. But the later emphasis on standardized testing has severely crimped any movement along those lines.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1998
Five years ago, Vaughn Street Elementary School was a mess. Teachers bickered, parents felt left out and students suffered. Test scores languished near the bottom of the Los Angeles Unified School District with second-grade reading scores in the fifth percentile.
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.
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
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.
OPINION
January 22, 2012
A chance on charters Re "Whistle-blowers to open a charter," Jan. 18 Congratulations to the Los Angeles teachers who are opening their own charter school. They will have the professional autonomy to do the very best they can for their students without being micromanaged from above. They can manage the school themselves or select someone to be head teacher. They will be able to make key decisions about the budget as well as curriculum, instruction and staffing.
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