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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.
January 4, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
After receiving a completely bogus moving violation for making a rolling stop in Chinatown, I decided to go to traffic school to keep my insurance costs in check. To my surprise, I learned that they still held traffic school in actual classrooms and not just online. The online courses' advertised rates were cheaper - in some cases by half - than the brick-and-mortar variety. Who would pay more to watch gory traffic films with strangers when you could stay home in your pajamas?
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.
December 16, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
NEWTOWN, CONN. - Grief counselors and child psychologists from throughout the country gathered at Reed Intermediate School on Sunday morning to prepare for another day of consoling the heartbroken and traumatized families of this New England town. Next to the registration tables, in one of the school's brightly lighted art classrooms, three volunteers in red T-shirts put out paint brushes, arranged stuffed animals and spread out puzzle pieces decorated with candy canes for kids to put back together.
June 27, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Garfield High physical education teacher Rosa Velasquez and students from her drill and cheer teams were two weeks from staging a production of "Grease" in the school's historic auditorium when a three-alarm arson blaze gutted the East Los Angeles landmark. That was four years ago. Since then, her students have performed in the gymnasium, in classrooms and even on muddy fields as funding issues, insurance disputes and other hurdles have delayed reconstruction. On Monday, two days after classes ended, work was finally scheduled to get underway on a $50-million rebuilding project that promises a new, state-of-the-art facility as well as a replacement of the main administration building, which was connected to the auditorium and also sustained fire damage.
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.
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