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June 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
A charter school petition sought by former NBA player Kevin Johnson to revive his troubled Sacramento high school is invalid and must be rescinded, a judge ruled Monday. The decision in Sacramento County Superior Court did not, however, reverse the school board's decision to close Sacramento High as of June 30 and seek to establish a charter school in its place. The ruling makes the future of the school uncertain.
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September 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Students in charter schools, often seen as an alternative to failing neighborhood schools, are scoring significantly below public school pupils in basic reading and math, a study shows. Charter school students were anywhere from half a year to a full year behind their public school peers, researchers at the Brookings Institution here concluded after reviewing 1999-2000 reading and math achievement test scores of 376 charter schools in 10 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2002 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
A California charter school organization will add seven campuses over five years using a $4.7-million investment from an educational foundation of billionaire Eli Broad, both groups will announce today. The not-for-profit Aspire Public Schools has a stated goal of opening 100 schools in poorer urban areas over the next 15 years -- giving it enough weight to force change in existing public schools.
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November 26, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several attempts to find a home, students at the San Fernando Valley's first charter middle school recently settled into a former preschool with 6,000 square feet, ample outdoor space and a multipurpose room. "We're finally here," said Jackie Elliot, founder and executive director of Community Charter Middle School at 1441 Celis St. "And we're doing great." Finding a permanent site was challenging.
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June 23, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
If Jacqueline Elliot has her way, Pacoima will see a charter middle school open in the fall of 1999. Elliot--curriculum advisor at Montague Charter Academy, a Pacoima charter elementary school--recently received $35,000 in federal grant money distributed through the California Department of Education to fund the planning of the middle school, a project she proposed.
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April 23, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
For students at Synergy Academy, Friday afternoons bring a lesson in nomadic teaching. Classroom rugs are rolled up and pushed against the wall. Collapsible bookshelves are folded down and a mobile computer lab is whisked away. Cleaning supplies get tucked into one corner, a portable nursing station into another. That's life when you're a charter school renting from a Catholic Church that needs the space for weekend catechism classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Educator Brenda Buonora envisions students teaching each other, children playing on a patch of green grass among lemon trees, and parents volunteering and knowing at all times how their kids are faring academically and socially. Buonora, a Northridge resident, believes such an idyllic setting will help improve public education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of California's charter school movement launched a statewide association this week, aimed at tripling the number of students attending the tax-funded but independently run campuses over the next decade. The California Charter Schools Assn. has opened offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento to recruit school leaders and offer technical assistance, financial advice and other help. Other offices will open in San Diego and San Francisco by the beginning of December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
Six California charter schools are receiving more than $48 million in grants from a 2002 state bond, the first time that such money has been allocated to pay for construction on campuses of the independent but tax-supported schools. State Treasurer Phil Angelides was at the Animo Leadership Charter High School in Inglewood on Thursday to announce that the school had received $5 million to fund the construction or purchase of a permanent campus.
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February 13, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
More Los Angeles campuses will have to make room for charter schools, even if some teachers are forced to give up their classrooms and become roving instructors, under a litigation settlement approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday. The agreement requires the school district to inventory all properties and work directly with charter schools to find space on or off campus. Charter advocates say finding and paying for facilities is their No. 1 challenge.
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