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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1994
An investigation into student attendance reports at the Edutrain Charter School found incomplete record-keeping but no evidence of fraud, an audit by the Los Angeles Unified School District said Friday. Edutrain, one of 10 charter schools in the district that receive state funds, caters to students at risk of dropping out or falling behind. Unlike the other charter campuses, Edutrain was not an existing public school but was founded by community leaders.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The chill of resignation filled the corridors at Edutrain Charter School on Thursday as a team of Los Angeles Unified administrators--pencils and folders in hand--began the process of transferring students out of the Downtown campus for dropouts. More than a month after the school board voted to close the independent school, a Superior Court judge made it official late Wednesday by rejecting the school's last-ditch legal plea.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994
The summary of the problems affecting the Edutrain Charter School in Los Angeles (Nov. 28) points up a historical failure in public school reform. You can't simply take energetic, committed professionals and throw them into an entrepreneurial context without a massive investment in training them for this new culture. The singular distinction in the LEARN plan among all reforms in the country is the belief and practice that investing in the school community's training yields high dividends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A Superior Court judge sided with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday, clearing the way for closure of Edutrain Charter School, a Downtown program catering to dropouts. Representatives of the independent school, which had fallen into financial and administrative disarray, said they would allow a team of district counselors to enter the school today and begin the process of transferring students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Officials of Los Angeles' struggling charter school for dropouts refused Monday to publicly discuss audit allegations of mismanagement and lavish spending, sparking sharp criticism from the school board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1994
Edutrain Charter School has taken the first step toward court action aimed at regaining its status and funding by filing legal documents with Los Angeles Unified School District. One of 10 independent schools in Los Angeles, it began educating dropouts at its Downtown campus in July, 1993. Its charter was revoked Dec. 5 by the school board, which cited concerns about attendance and financial accounting procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the first court hearing over the bid to keep Edutrain Charter School open, a Superior Court judge said Friday that the Los Angeles Unified School District must prove it had reason to rescind the independent school's contract earlier this month. However, Judge Robert O'Brien did not order the district to release the more than $125,000 that Edutrain administrators say they are owed for operating the Downtown school for dropouts in October and November. Instead, O'Brien set a hearing for Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A Superior Court judge sided with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday, clearing the way for closure of Edutrain Charter School, a Downtown program catering to dropouts. Representatives of the independent school, which had fallen into financial and administrative disarray, said they would allow a team of district counselors to enter the school today and begin the process of transferring students.
NEWS
December 6, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Saying that the independent school for dropouts had become hopelessly disorganized and debt-ridden, the Los Angeles Unified School District board reluctantly revoked Edutrain Charter School's contract Monday evening, marking the first charter failure in the nation. The board gave the Downtown school--organized by educators and business leaders in 1993--the exclusive opportunity to reapply for one of the district's 10 charter school slots before April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Threats of legal action by directors of a charter school for dropouts abruptly stopped the Los Angeles Unified School District's first attempt to close the troubled Downtown campus Tuesday, but did little to assuage student fears. In the wake of Monday's school board vote to shut the independent school, a group of district administrators and teachers arrived at Edutrain Charter School at 8 a.m. Tuesday, planning to transfer out about 230 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the first court hearing over the bid to keep Edutrain Charter School open, a Superior Court judge said Friday that the Los Angeles Unified School District must prove it had reason to rescind the independent school's contract earlier this month. However, Judge Robert O'Brien did not order the district to release the more than $125,000 that Edutrain administrators say they are owed for operating the Downtown school for dropouts in October and November. Instead, O'Brien set a hearing for Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1994
Edutrain Charter School has taken the first step toward court action aimed at regaining its status and funding by filing legal documents with Los Angeles Unified School District. One of 10 independent schools in Los Angeles, it began educating dropouts at its Downtown campus in July, 1993. Its charter was revoked Dec. 5 by the school board, which cited concerns about attendance and financial accounting procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1994
If last week's collapse of a Downtown "charter" school for dropouts tempts critics to mount hysterical attacks on the Los Angeles school district, they should remember that charter schools are flourishing in the Valley. The Edutrain school's charter was yanked after officials found about $1 million in debts and evidence of scandalous waste. That stands in garish contrast to the way in which the Valley's two schools have handled their autonomy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994
The summary of the problems affecting the Edutrain Charter School in Los Angeles (Nov. 28) points up a historical failure in public school reform. You can't simply take energetic, committed professionals and throw them into an entrepreneurial context without a massive investment in training them for this new culture. The singular distinction in the LEARN plan among all reforms in the country is the belief and practice that investing in the school community's training yields high dividends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Threats of legal action by directors of a charter school for dropouts abruptly stopped the Los Angeles Unified School District's first attempt to close the troubled Downtown campus Tuesday, but did little to assuage student fears. In the wake of Monday's school board vote to shut the independent school, a group of district administrators and teachers arrived at Edutrain Charter School at 8 a.m. Tuesday, planning to transfer out about 230 students.
NEWS
December 6, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Saying that the independent school for dropouts had become hopelessly disorganized and debt-ridden, the Los Angeles Unified School District board reluctantly revoked Edutrain Charter School's contract Monday evening, marking the first charter failure in the nation. The board gave the Downtown school--organized by educators and business leaders in 1993--the exclusive opportunity to reapply for one of the district's 10 charter school slots before April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1995 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The chill of resignation filled the corridors at Edutrain Charter School on Thursday as a team of Los Angeles Unified administrators--pencils and folders in hand--began the process of transferring students out of the Downtown campus for dropouts. More than a month after the school board voted to close the independent school, a Superior Court judge made it official late Wednesday by rejecting the school's last-ditch legal plea.
NEWS
November 28, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
While teachers lacked textbooks and supplies, the principal of Los Angeles' only charter school for dropouts drove an expensive school-leased sports car and staff members spent $7,000 on a secret retreat to Carmel, according to two outside audits. Critics on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, which is to review the audits of Edutrain Charter School today, say documents provide ample evidence that it's time to abort the experiment, which started in July, 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Officials of Los Angeles' struggling charter school for dropouts refused Monday to publicly discuss audit allegations of mismanagement and lavish spending, sparking sharp criticism from the school board.
NEWS
November 28, 1994 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
While teachers lacked textbooks and supplies, the principal of Los Angeles' only charter school for dropouts drove an expensive school-leased sports car and staff members spent $7,000 on a secret retreat to Carmel, according to two outside audits. Critics on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, which is to review the audits of Edutrain Charter School today, say documents provide ample evidence that it's time to abort the experiment, which started in July, 1993.
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