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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1998
Re "Parents Urge Proximity, Not Ethnic Parity" (Jan. 20). By whose edict is it that the Moorpark Unified School District assumes the power to force Anglo-American families of middle to upper incomes, living in the neighborhoods they have chosen, to see their children sent to bring "ethnic balance" to schools in the enclaves wherein immigrants have chosen to settle? Wherein lies the justice in telling the Norte Americano who was here first that he must accommodate to the wants of the foreign-speaking immigrant (or to the wants of the public school administrator who sees his role as that of ethnic mix-master champion of the multiculturalist who abhors the thought of a school populated solely by the white heterosexual Anglo-Saxon Christian of Western European extraction, which graced our public schools only two generations ago?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2002 | MONTE MORIN and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The California Supreme Court has backed a father who argued that a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy limiting student transfers on the basis of race violates state law. The court Wednesday upheld without comment a June appellate court ruling. Lawyers for the state Department of Education, which supported the district, said the ruling could cripple voluntary desegregation efforts statewide and said they may seek an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1985
As a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I was enraged when I read the article (May 15), "Schools Order Ethnic, Sex Balance on Scholar Teams". The idea that teachers should be forced to select academic decathlon teams that "reflect the ethnic makeup" of the student body is absurd. Are we in the 1980s? Aren't we supposed to be teaching our children about minority and women's rights? Giving students preference to any team, over more qualified people who are better prepared, because of sex or race instills a false sense of security to those students and promotes laziness, cheating and lying.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Driven by the twin engines of immigration and technological prosperity, North Carolina emerged from the 1990s with a new ethnic complexity and a bustling urban life, according to census figures released Wednesday. The Latino population more than quadrupled in the last decade, exploding from less than 77,000 in 1990 to between 335,115 and 378,963 last year. North Carolina now has the largest Latino population of any Southern state except Texas and Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Revisions to a controversial policy designed to preserve ethnic balance at its campuses could win tentative approval at tonight's meeting of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Last year, the policy blocked a number of white students seeking to transfer from Ocean View High School to another campus because there weren't any white students to replace them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1990
How exciting to read about the two new magnet schools in Los Angeles for those interested in math, science and health services! A student can't help but achieve in an environment that is physically, mentally and emotionally geared to his/her well-being and advancement. As a teacher, what sort of magnet would I create next? It would be a school with many of the qualities already incorporated in the existing ones: excellent teachers, small class size, pleasant surroundings, time for ongoing planning among teachers, ethnic balance, etc. But my dream school would be for ordinary kids--no special IQs, talents or interests.
NEWS
January 3, 2000 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With educators across the nation watching, the city's school district is struggling--unsuccessfully, so far--to create a school assignment formula that can maintain an ethnic balance in each school without using race as a criterion. U.S. District Judge William Orrick has ordered district officials to submit a race-blind plan Friday for the 2000-2001 school year.
NEWS
October 20, 1999 | ARMANDO ACUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demographic change in California is occurring so fast that by next year, no single ethnic group will comprise a majority of the state's population, according to forecasts in a new state report. Previous estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau predicted California would become a "majority minority" state by the year 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Revisions to a controversial policy designed to preserve ethnic balance at its campuses could win tentative approval at tonight's meeting of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Last year, the policy blocked a number of white students seeking to transfer from Ocean View High School to another campus because there weren't any white students to replace them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight white students were granted transfers Monday from Huntington Beach's Ocean View High School, but the mother of one of those students said she still plans to challenge what she sees as a race-based district policy. The eight were among 32 white students denied transfers to other schools under a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy designed to regulate the ethnic balance of students within the district's eight high schools.
NEWS
August 25, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight white students were granted transfers Monday from Huntington Beach's Ocean View High School, but the mother of one of them said she still plans to challenge what she sees as a race-based school district policy. The eight were among 32 white students who had been denied transfers to other schools under a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy designed to regulate the ethnic balance of students in the district's eight high schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Re "Parents Angered Over School Boundary Proposal," Jan. 24. The trustees of the Moorpark School District are to be congratulated for their courageous stand against the vocal parents who exhorted the board to re-create a racially segregated school district. It also was encouraging to note that The Los Angeles Times backed their stance in an editorial ("Ethnic Mix Still Matters," Jan. 25), which defended the board's decision to ensure that the individual Moorpark schools continue to reflect the area's racial / ethnic mix. Because of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, racially segregated schools are still unconstitutional in the United States, and Moorpark trustees made a wise decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1997 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Projected on the wall is a map of the city, covered with colored dots. Each red dot indicates where a Latino student lives; each green dot, a white student; and scattered pink, blue, yellow and brown dots represent students of other ethnicities. Moorpark Unified School District trustees are examining the map so they can decide how to redraw the attendance boundary lines no later than February.
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