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December 16, 2004 | Duke Helfand And Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writers
The nation's charter schools received a mixed report card Wednesday in a federal study that showed their fourth-graders reading as well as their peers in regular public schools but trailing in math performance. The findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress also revealed that white, black and Latino fourth-graders in charter schools were on par with students from the same groups at traditional campuses in reading and math.
April 23, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education moved closer Tuesday to allowing seven schools to become independent charter campuses, including the prestigious Granada Hills High School, but the district's superintendent raised questions about the financial, racial and academic effects on other schools. Supt. Roy Romer said the growing charter school movement may damage the chances for passage future school construction bond issues to relieve overcrowding.
February 26, 2010 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school officials lost a chance this week to test whether the booming charter movement can take on all the problems of the district's traditional, and often troubled, schools. On Tuesday, the Board of Education denied proposals from three major charter organizations that had sought to run newly built neighborhood schools, which would have included substantial numbers of limited-English speakers, special education students, foster children and low-income families. That is exactly the population that charter schools have been criticized for not sufficiently reaching.
July 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two of California's largest and oldest charter schools are suing the state after the Department of Education asked them to pay back millions of taxpayer dollars. State education officials cut funding to the schools in April, citing concerns that both Southern California-based charters weren't spending enough money on their teachers and students while the schools' founders pocketed more than $4 million.
July 9, 1999 | From Associated Press
A bill imposing restrictions on charter schools that teach students at home or by computer was sent Thursday to Gov. Gray Davis. The Senate approved the Assembly-passed measure by Sen. Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton) on a 22-15 vote. Supporters of the bill said restrictions are needed to curb abuses such as charter schools serving students hundreds of miles away.
October 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
School board members in Camarillo have approved plans for what would be Ventura County's second charter school, eventually to be housed on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands. The CSUCI Professional Development Charter School would serve up to 600 students in kindergarten through eighth grades and provide a learning lab for teachers and administrators throughout the county. The charter school proposal is also subject to state approval.
The Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a five-year conditional renewal of the charter for Desert Sands Charter School, officials said Thursday. Supt. Robert Girolamo initially recommended that the board refuse to renew the year-old school's charter amid concerns that Desert Sands misused state education funds on lawsuits, hired inexperienced employees and received state funding it didn't deserve by overstating its enrollment.
August 7, 1998
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) spent Thursday morning talking to elementary-level students at Fenton Avenue Charter School in Lake View Terrace. She said her mission was to get a close view of the charter school, which is free from many rules that govern other public schools. One class of fifth-graders engaged her in a combined civics lesson and newscast in a former supply room that serves as a broadcast studio. "What does a senator do?" one student asked.
March 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California's schools chief on Friday opened an investigation and audit into what is believed to be the state's largest operator of charter schools over questions about funding practices. State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell launched the probe of the California Charter Academy one day after a state charter school oversight commission raised concerns about how much the group's schools spend on teachers and administrative overhead.
November 15, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Orange Unified School District trustees have committed themselves to further study of the controversial privatizing of schools, despite earlier protests from unions and residents. The board last week urged more district schools to go forward with the charter-school process, which would free them from state control. The trustees agreed to sponsor workshops for administrators, teachers and parents to help them understand the charter concept.
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