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November 4, 1993 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
It is the morning after a long night--a night spent working a sparse crowd at what was to be a hotel "victory party" but instead was the place where he watched his dream of bringing radical change to California's schools end. On Wednesday morning, Joe Alibrandi was on an airplane, winging east to Chicago and a series of business meetings. But his mind was still in California, stuck on what went wrong--and what is to come--in the campaign to make school vouchers a reality.
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November 4, 1993 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
It is the morning after a long night--a night spent working a sparse crowd at what was to be a hotel "victory party" but instead was the place where he watched his dream of bringing radical change to California's schools end. On Wednesday morning, Joe Alibrandi was on an airplane, winging east to Chicago and a series of business meetings. But his mind was still in California, stuck on what went wrong--and what is to come--in the campaign to make school vouchers a reality.
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BUSINESS
December 23, 1986 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Continuing its transformation into a chemicals and technology concern, Whittaker Corp. on Monday agreed to sell the last remaining unit of its once-sizable life sciences division for an undisclosed price to New York investor Richard Bernstein. Whittaker also posted a yearly loss for the first time in at least a decade. The sale of Whittaker's General Medical Corp.
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December 10, 1991 | DANIEL AKST
California businesses have been trying to improve education for years. They've adopted schools, donated equipment and used mentor as a verb. Nothing seemed to help. Now a group of California executives is proposing more fundamental reform. Led by Joseph F. Alibrandi, chief executive of Whittaker Corp., they're backing a program of parental choice to bring the discipline of the marketplace to schools. Appropriately enough, they plan to put their case to voters.
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October 14, 1993 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The battle over the school voucher initiative on the November ballot took center stage in Los Angeles' business community Wednesday as high-profile leaders on both sides of the measure debated its merits at a Downtown luncheon and as local business groups announced their opposition to the voucher plan.
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November 11, 1990 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyell Champagne is looming above his fourth-graders in all his youthful authority-figure splendor. He's the picture of the casual Ivy Leaguer in his who-gives-a-hoot Yale sweat shirt and sneakers. Indeed, he is living testimony to where listening to the teacher will get you. "Keep the classroom clean," Champagne says solemnly. "You never know who's going to come in."
BUSINESS
August 15, 1986 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
Since it began making aircraft valves in 1942, Whittaker Corp. has changed directions more times than a commuter flight. The Westwood company even operated under a different name for a while. Most of the reshaping of recent years has been conducted by Chairman Joseph F. Alibrandi, who slimmed down a conglomerate grown corpulent on the diversification wisdom of the 1960s. Now he's at it again.
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November 4, 1993 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before the final votes revealed the crushing defeat of California's school voucher initiative, the architects of the movement were already plotting strategy for the next showdown. Unbowed by a more than 2 to 1 trouncing, voucher advocates say Tuesday's election was only Round 1.
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October 10, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1971, Robert Poole penned a little-noticed article entitled "The Case for Education Vouchers," which appeared in an obscure libertarian magazine he ran out of his Santa Barbara garage. "The imperative is to break the state's educational monopoly," Poole wrote, "and the voucher plan is the only politically feasible way of doing this." Twenty-two years later, his view of public schools is still sour.
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