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January 2, 2011 | Doyle McManus
Here's a familiar fact: Economic inequality is rising in the United States. The rich have gotten richer, the poor have stayed poor, and families in the middle have seen their incomes stagnate. Here's a less-familiar fact: Opportunity in America isn't what it used to be either. Among children born into low-income households, more than two-thirds grow up to earn a below-average income, and only 6% make it all the way up the ladder into the affluent top one-fifth of income earners, according to a study by economists at Washington's Brookings Institution.
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January 30, 2009 | Howard Blume and Jason Song
Thousands of teachers and other union members rallied Thursday at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles to oppose state and local cuts to education that are widely expected to result in larger classes for students as well as layoffs and more expensive healthcare. Most of the rhetoric blistered Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his proposed budget, but speakers also took aim at the Los Angeles Unified School District and schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines. "Mr.
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June 3, 2009
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September 28, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Yamileth Fuentes constantly worried about her son Michael's education. As the mother of a child with learning disabilities, she made sure he didn't get overlooked in school. She fretted when his math worksheets weren't challenging enough, or when his spelling slipped. The energetic 42-year-old Metro bus driver wasn't afraid to fight on her son's behalf. She enlisted the help of clergymen, bureaucrats and an army of lawyers in the battle to get Michael a proper education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2001
The premise of school vouchers appears to be better education for those who ask for it. Isn't it profoundly more logical to provide better education for all? After-school programs that offer additional help for those who need it or more challenging work for those who are bored would go a long way toward tailoring public education for individual students without spending public money on private schools. BARBARA ALFORS Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1992
The July 2 Los Angeles Times contained two articles that illustrate the sad direction in which our legislators in Sacramento are leading us. The first concerned the governor's recommended $2-billion cut in public education. The second reported about Tom Hayden's law that may restrict Soka University (and other universities) from calling itself a university. Cuts in education signal the slow death of the future of California. If anything, education must be our state's first priority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1986
Tasha Nathanson (Letters, Oct. 1), who called state Board of Education member Angie Papadakis "ignorant," is the one who needs an education. If Papadakis is ignorant, then Barbra Streisand is tone deaf. Thank goodness that there is someone on the Board of Education who has the intelligence to know and the courage to say what should and should not be "discussed" in the schools. I do not want strangers--even though they are teachers--talking to my kids about homosexuality. I want teachers to talk about reading, writing, adding, subtracting, thinking and studying.
OPINION
September 23, 2004
The Times notes that "without parents who read to them, help with homework and communicate with teachers, children have little chance of succeeding in school" ("Reading Gets the Job Done," editorial, Sept. 21). This may be true; study after study has shown that children of parents with more education do better in school. But this is unfair: It should be possible to succeed in school without parental help. It is fine to improve parent education, but it should not be the case that only the children of the well-educated do well in school.
OPINION
December 4, 2008
Re "Bid to oust Brewer falls apart," Dec. 3 It was disheartening to read about the bureaucratic machinations surrounding the failed effort to remove Los Angeles Unified Supt. David L. Brewer. My disappointment was threefold: First, one bureaucrat, motivated it seems by racial considerations, refused to leave a conference to cast her vote; second, as further evidence of the balkanization and racialization of Los Angeles, the board appears to be paralyzed by the fact that Brewer is black; and third, your article made little reference to students, whose education apparently is less significant than politically correct racial politics.
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