August 25, 1998 |
Major foul-ups in the handling of score sheets are hampering efforts to analyze results from the most ambitious student testing program in California history, state officials say. The worst problems affect as much as 18% of the test data statewide and could sharply limit the value of a program that cost taxpayers about $35 million and was intended to give them a public school report card.
May 9, 1995 |
Schea Cotton will be remembered as one of the Southland's most talented high school basketball players, but his story continues to unfold in unfortunate fashion. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore forward, who looks and plays more like a college senior, seems destined for the NBA. Off the court, however, Cotton is making mistake after mistake. Last week, he confirmed that he was transferring from Santa Ana Mater Dei back to Bellflower St. John Bosco.
June 21, 1987 |
To children like Benjamin Jacobsen and Jeff Otter, an "instant school" has become as routine as instant orange juice or instant soup. Their elementary school of 200 students was hit by a wave of 500 additional children from families moving into a new subdivision in this Sacramento suburb. Like others scattered throughout the state, Kirchgater elementary in the Elk Grove Unified School District is mostly a patchwork of temporary classrooms supplied by the state.
March 25, 2004 |
The Supreme Court on Wednesday debated whether the words "under God" transform the Pledge of Allegiance from a daily display of patriotic unity into a form of state indoctrination in a religious belief. Dr. Michael Newdow, the California father who won an appeals court ruling declaring the pledge unconstitutional, represented himself before the justices, and insisted the reference to God must go. "I am an atheist. I don't believe in God.
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December 5, 2002 |
A federal appeals court unanimously rejected an effort aimed at scuttling its decision that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional when recited in classrooms, ruling Wednesday that the Sacramento father who filed the controversial lawsuit on behalf of his daughter has legal standing to proceed in court. In a separate 3-0 ruling, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed an attempt by the U.S.
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July 12, 2002 |
The anonymous 8-year-old girl in the shadow of last month's court ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance was pulled deeper into the tug-of-war over God and politics Thursday when a Washington law firm set up a fund to defend her and her mother's reputations. In a lawsuit filed by the child's father on her behalf, a panel of judges ruled that the phrase "under God" is an improper reference to religion.
July 12, 1998 |
As director of research and evaluation for the state Department of Education for 12 years, Alexander Law was responsible for the statewide testing of students under the California Assessment Program, or CAP. In retirement, he has continued to observe the twisted history of the state's efforts to measure student achievement, including the furor surrounding the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program, which utilized the Stanford 9 as the test.
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June 28, 2002 |
With as much pomp and circumstance as can be mustered at a sixth-grade graduation, the children strode into the gym. The youngster in the Fat Albert shirt smiled as proudly as the girl in the Mary Janes. Parents bent their necks like flamingos for the perfect snapshot. And then, suddenly and spontaneously, as the crowd stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, a little slice of Americana turned into a big slab of patriotism.
March 26, 2000 |
Nancy Ichinaga has been principal of Bennett-Kew Elementary School in Inglewood for 26 years. Half of its 850 students are Latino, the other half black, with a smattering of whites. Three-fourths qualify for free and reduced-price lunches. It has been recognized as a "high-achieving" school for nearly two decades, with a teaching staff whose average length of service is 16 years. Three of the 40 teachers are Ichinaga's former students.
January 24, 1995 |
Much of the massive code of laws that govern virtually every aspect of California schools is cumbersome, out of date or plainly contradictory. It includes minutiae such as how often football uniforms must be sterilized, but doesn't set priorities or standards for what students ought to know. Calling the code a grand obstacle to creativity and excellence, Gov. Pete Wilson pledged to abolish it in his State of the State address this month.