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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | SUFIYA ABDUR-RAHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The first comprehensive review of the Los Angeles Unified School District's nine charter schools--presented to the Board of Education on Thursday--documented marked improvement in attendance, integration and parental involvement. But it found no corresponding increase in student test scores at the seven elementary schools measured, even though under state law improving academic performance is one of the primary reasons for establishing the largely independent campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A California charter schools organization is among five groups receiving federal grants to help build campuses in crowded urban areas, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week. The department awarded $10 million to the California Charter Schools Assn. to create a California Charter Building Fund.
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March 8, 1996 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A state watchdog agency released a glowing report on charter schools Thursday, saying the experiment to free 100 campuses from government regulations should be expanded to include any school ready to accept responsibility for its actions. Gov. Pete Wilson immediately embraced the Little Hoover Commission report, which landed just as state legislators begin to seriously consider lifting the current 100-school cap on charters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2005
Renaissance Academy, the Westside charter school that lacks city permission to move into its rented quarters, has found a temporary site at a nearby church and will begin classes there today. The space at Faith Tabernacle Church allows Renaissance to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to open or lose state funding for the school year. Principal Paul McGlothlin said ninth-graders will start today, with students in the upper grades phased in over the rest of the week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Inglewood school board has rejected a proposal by an educational activist to start a charter high school in the district. The proponent, Steve Barr of the Green Dot Public Schools organization, said he was disappointed but would appeal the decision to the state Board of Education. "We hope they will give it a fair hearing," he said. Four members of the Inglewood school board Wednesday night voted against the charter plan and the other abstained.
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