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OPINION
September 28, 2012
Has school reform gotten sexy? Not likely, even if it is the subject of a feature film, "Won't Back Down," opening Friday and starring such big names as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. Rather, the movie is, as many reform efforts tend to be, simply well funded. In this case, backing comes from Walden Media, which is owned by conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz and which was also the force behind the documentary love song to charter schools "Waiting for Superman. " With that kind of background, it's not surprising that "Won't Back Down" concludes that California's "parent trigger" law - under which parents can force a major change at a school if half or more sign a petition - is a wholly wonderful thing that can, say, turn around the reading problems of a dyslexic child almost overnight, as it does in the movie.
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OPINION
August 24, 2010 | By Jed Wallace
The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools cluster, scheduled to open this fall on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, was built at a cost of $578 million, or nearly $140,000 per student seat. It is without question the most expensive public school ever built in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and quite possibly the most expensive public school in the country. The project's astronomical cost raises a question about whether the school district is using resources efficiently.
OPINION
January 20, 2011
Healthcare politics Re "GOP returns ready to duel with Obama," Jan. 1 So the Republicans' healthcare alternative is "built on a longtime conservative belief that reduced regulation is the best path to controlling costs. " My goodness, haven't Republicans learned anything from the nightmare created by all their deregulation? And look at the Republican-controlled Congress' prescription drug debacle, which turned out to be manna from heaven for huge drug corporations that has cost our country hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Once word spread that a bus carrying L.A.-area high school students was involved in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday night, dozens of parents and classmates frantically called and texted the teenagers, hoping their loved ones weren't among those killed. On Friday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after the crash, parents and officials at some schools were still trying to track down missing children. As the hours passed, their fears worsened. When Adrian Castro didn't show up to El Monte High School on Thursday, his best friend assumed he had decided to go on the trip to Humboldt State University.
OPINION
July 25, 2009
When Green Dot Public Schools took over Locke High School a year ago, the thinking was that a well-run charter might prove an instructive model for improving Los Angeles' public schools. That might yet prove true. What few expected was that Green Dot would set a new example for other charter schools. But that's exactly what has happened, as evidenced by a recent proposal to allow charters and other organizations to compete for the right to operate 50 new L.A. schools over the next few years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2010 | By Howard Blume
Green Dot Public Schools, a leading charter school operator, is shutting down a campus because of low enrollment, financial pressures and subpar performance, officials confirmed Monday. The action prompted a daylong student protest Monday at Animo Justice Charter High School, south of downtown Los Angeles. The closure marks a first for locally based and nationally recognized Green Dot, which has 19 area campuses and one in New York City. The nonprofit Green Dot opened five independently run, publicly funded charters, including Animo Justice, four years ago, near long-struggling Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2009 | By Howard Blume
Local charter school founder Steve Barr, a national figure in school reform, has repaid his organization more than $50,000 after an internal review determined that expenses he had charged were undocumented or unjustified. FOR THE RECORD: Green Dot: An article in Wednesday's Section A about Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr repaying his charter school organization more than $50,000 in expenses said the issue had surfaced in a post by education blogger Alexander Russo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writers
A split Los Angeles Board of Education on Thursday rejected the expansion plans of one of the city's leading charter school operators -- a move that almost certainly violates state law and firmly sets back future collaboration between the charter group and the school district. The unexpected 3-3 vote by the Los Angeles Unified School District board defeated Green Dot Public Schools' application for eight new charters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Emotions ran high on the first day of class Monday at two new South Los Angeles charter schools. Faces brimmed with anticipation, pride and nervousness. And those were just the principals. "It's exciting opening up any new school," Lori Pawinski, principal at Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, said as she sat in her sparse office and tried to assign several wide-eyed ninth-graders to a homeroom. "You're always going to be the first graduating class, the first principal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad has donated more than $10 million to a leading charter school organization that will help its bid to triple in size as it continues to establish itself as an alternative to traditional public schools. The $10.
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