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December 7, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school district officials won a key legal battle with charter schools this week, when an appeals court struck down a ruling that could have opened up vast numbers of classrooms for charters, while also creating potential hardships for traditional neighborhood schools. The decision means that charter schools will continue to receive space in much the same way as traditional schools: If the Los Angeles Unified School District puts 26 students in a classroom, then charters will be allotted rooms based on the same ratio.
Determined to make California's closely watched class-size reduction program a success, Gov. Pete Wilson will propose using unanticipated tax revenues generated by the state's surging economy to boost spending on the program to $1.5 billion, which would extend the program to 1 million more children, senior administration officials said Saturday.
February 22, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles Unified School District trustee has advised Woodland Hills residents that they may have to sue the school system if they want to block 600 charter school pupils from being sent to Taft High. Board member Steven Zimmer's suggestion came as hundreds of parents and students crowded into Taft's multipurpose room last week to protest the district's offer to turn over 24 of the high school's classrooms to Ivy Academia. Ivy Academia's operators would send pupils in grades 6 through 12 to the west San Fernando Valley high school under the tentative offer.
May 6, 2009 | Howard Blume
The Board of Education voted Tuesday to file an unfair labor practice charge against the teachers union in hopes of winning a court injunction to stop a one-day strike planned for later this month. "Teachers have a contractual obligation to be in our classrooms instructing students every day," Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said in a statement. "This work-stoppage . . . is dangerous, illegal and irresponsible." Leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles have acknowledged that the strike violates the union contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
September 5, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
When Marcus Tyson visited his new campus days before his senior year was set to begin, he stood in a nearly empty parking lot and declared that the trailer before him looked "like prison. " By Tuesday, the first day of school, mounds of dirt and workbenches had disappeared, but the white-and-green portable classroom remained. "Still pretty awful," said Marcus, 17. Culver Park Continuation High School, now stuck in the back of a parking lot between the district's adult and middle schools, began classes this week with about 50 students in a single portable unit.
May 1, 2008
Re "L.A. Unified is rethinking offers of space," April 26 I applaud Deputy Supt. Ray Cortines for reviewing charters on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Last year, I was told that a charter school would be taking over "unused" classroom space at my school. The district never asked me how many classrooms were available or how they were being used. We lost a computer lab, a tutoring room, ESL classes for adults and space for students receiving emotional counseling. Our enrollment is growing, and we will be even more squeezed for space this fall.
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