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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through preschool, Delia Smith's son mingled with other children and received the attention he needed for a disability that distorts his visual perception, making subjects such as mathematics difficult, and puts him at high risk of a heart attack. When 7-year-old Daniel entered first grade, Smith feared he would be placed in a special-education bungalow isolated from children in mainstream classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Public schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are among the state's highest achieving, and two of the wealthy enclave's high schools are ranked in the nation's top 100. But to a small band of parents, that's not enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education signaled its intent Tuesday to enter an agreement that would make Locke High School the first Los Angeles campus managed by an outside charter-school organization. The decision is especially controversial since numerous teachers withdrew their signatures from a petition calling for the conversion. The board action, by a 5-2 vote, calls for the Locke petition to come before the school board for an up-or-down vote in two weeks.
NEWS
August 7, 1991 | RHONDA HILLBERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As school districts around the country line up to adopt various forms of open enrollment, or parental choice, some educators are raising a troubling question: Where is the choice if all schools are basically alike and school boards hold a monopoly on public education? Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to attempt an answer by allowing the creation of independently run public schools, known as "chartered schools," as early as this fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
At least 10 California charter schools have been shut and nearly 100 others are scrambling to avoid closure under a new state law that bans campuses from being operated by out-of-town sponsors, who are sometimes hundreds of miles away. The restrictions were put in place earlier this year after several high-profile investigations of charter schools that were sponsored by far-flung public school districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plan for a charter school in Pacific Palisades that was rejected by the Los Angeles Board of Education has instead been approved by the state board, becoming one of only five charter schools overseen by the state. By a unanimous vote Wednesday in Sacramento, the state Board of Education approved the creation of New West Charter Middle School, scheduled to open in September for grades six through eight.
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