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June 28, 1990 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only a few blocks from Viviana Arellano's home in a Long Beach housing project, a 10-foot-high wall separates her neighborhood from the outside world. The concrete wall between the Carmelitos Housing Project and the adjacent Lindbergh Middle School was erected last year by officials who wanted to protect teachers and students from gunshots. A few years earlier, a student had been hit by a stray bullet.
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August 29, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
California public schools lost ground this year in overall academic performance for the first time in a decade, but more than half met state goals for achievement on reading and math standardized tests, according to data released Thursday.   Los Angeles Unified bucked the statewide decline, recording the second highest gain in academic performance among the state's 10 largest school districts. Among them, Los Angeles, San Diego Unified and San Bernardino City improved over last year but the other seven slipped, reflecting a dip that officials have attributed to severe budget cuts and new national learning standards being phased in. L.A. Unified Supt.
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January 3, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jordan High School, North Long Beach, 9:55 a.m. Teacher Adrienne Mooney unlocks the door to her classroom and observes three males, their faces covered, frantically climbing out of a window. Mooney calls to the men to stop, but they scramble into the courtyard and run away. Mooney notices that a photo album containing a valuable collection of baseball cards, which she had been planning to use as a teaching prop in her civil law class, is sitting open on a desk. Some of the cards are missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
For the first time in a decade, California standardized test scores in English and math slipped this year, flummoxing educators who blame budget cuts and new national learning standards that have required curriculum changes. Despite the statewide slip in scores, released Thursday, Los Angeles Unified School District largely held its own: Students posted the highest gain in math among 10 large urban school districts and a smaller drop in English than statewide peers. Scores rose particularly in two grades - sixth and ninth - that have adopted new academic learning standards, even as some educators pointed to them for the statewide decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1995
The founders of a Jordan High School program that teaches students how to resolve conflicts peacefully will be honored by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations next month. Jordan High School Co-Principal Mel Collins and community volunteer Gloria McMillan developed "Peace 90805" (named for the ZIP code) more than a year ago to help quell rising ethnic tensions on the 3,200-student North Long Beach campus.
OPINION
September 26, 1999
I think Barbara Stanton is doing a good thing by renovating the Markham Middle School auditorium into a movie theater (Sept. 14). I am a former Markham student. As the article said, Watts hasn't had a theater in about 35 years. It would give people more things to do. It will also be a good idea because some people might not want to go all the way to the Magic Johnson Theaters. LEROY HARRIEL Jordan High School, L.A. I think Stanton is doing a good thing for Watts and for the people who live here, like me. I hope Stanton keeps doing more that can help Hispanics and African Americans to get along with each other and to increase the peace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The principal of Jordan High School and operators of a recycling plant next door agreed to ask Los Angeles County for permission to build a 22-foot-high fence between the properties to avoid accidents like the one that occurred Dec. 9, when a mortar round exploded and a chunk of shrapnel landed in the schoolyard. Zoning laws now limit such fences to 10 feet. Operators of Atlas Iron & Metal Recycling Center will seek the variance.
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May 19, 2012 | Sandy Banks
By the stats, Jordan High School in Watts is an abysmal failure: Only 3% of its students are proficient in math and only 11% in English. More than half the students drop out between ninth and 12th grades. And almost 20% of those who make it through fail the state exam they need to graduate. Even its physical plant is wretched. On last year's "Safe School Inspection," Jordan rated poor in every category, from fire safety to vermin infestation. But this year, the struggling school is the scene of a high-stakes experiment.
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October 1, 1992
A $9-million three-story science building was dedicated Tuesday afternoon at Jordan High School. The building, which has 14 classrooms, 14 laboratories and three greenhouses, is the first of five to be built at Long Beach high schools to improve science facilities. The school district has also announced a program that will bring engineers and scientists from Rockwell International Corp. in Downey to the Jordan campus five days a week to provide computer lessons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
As a student at Jordan High School in Watts, Shanell Blackmon had flunked chemistry, ditched class and didn't think she would ever graduate. Along came Evan Dvorak, a 24-year-old physics teacher fresh out of college. He broke down the forbidding subject with patient explanations and fun experiments. He was inspiring: "Nothing less than your best. No excuses. " He talked Shanell out of dropping his honors class, insisting she could do the work - and she did, finishing with a B. In June, Shanell's hard work paid off when she proudly donned her blue cap and gown and walked across the stage to receive her diploma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
This year was the best in a long time for low-performing Jordan High School in Watts and for schools across California, according to rankings on the state's Academic Performance Index, which were released Thursday. To the federal government, however, the long-beleaguered campus in Watts simply notched another dreary year of failure. So goes the complicated method by which schools are evaluated in California. The state rating system, based on standardized test scores, indicates that schools are getting better - and are at their highest-achieving level yet. But they aren't keeping pace with rapidly rising federal targets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2012 | Sandy Banks
By the stats, Jordan High School in Watts is an abysmal failure: Only 3% of its students are proficient in math and only 11% in English. More than half the students drop out between ninth and 12th grades. And almost 20% of those who make it through fail the state exam they need to graduate. Even its physical plant is wretched. On last year's "Safe School Inspection," Jordan rated poor in every category, from fire safety to vermin infestation. But this year, the struggling school is the scene of a high-stakes experiment.
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.
OPINION
January 14, 2011
Ordinarily, we'd rail against a decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District to hand over a school to outside operators without a vote of the teachers, without consulting parents, without an open discussion or an opportunity for existing staff to offer a competing proposal. But Jordan High School's record isn't ordinary. The school performs so poorly that only 2% of its students are proficient in math; the picture for English isn't much better. According to school officials, Jordan will be split into three separate entities, each run by an outside group: Green Dot Public Schools, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Students and fellow educators are rallying behind a fired Jordan High School teacher they say was sacked for encouraging political activism among her students. About 60 students rallied Wednesday at the Watts campus, while a colleague of the fired teacher said he and 15 other instructors planned to resign or transfer to other schools to protest the dismissal of Karen Salazar, a second-year English teacher. The dust-up has gone digital as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two students were arrested Thursday after several fights erupted in a crowded courtyard of Jordan High School, authorities said. No one was seriously injured in the fights, which started about 12:30 p.m., although about 200 students scrambled to get out of the way, and "I saw a couple kids with ice packs and scratches," said Long Beach Police Officer Jackie Bezart. School officials released students about 20 minutes early because of the incident, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993
Racially charged fights broke out Thursday at Jordan High School in Long Beach, resulting in a police alert, nine arrests and a shortened school day, school officials said. No one was injured in the fights, most of which were shoving matches between small groups of black and Latino students, said Dick Van Der Laan, spokesman for the Long Beach Unified School District.
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December 15, 2007 | Howard Blume
Schools Supt. David Brewer has sided with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a dispute over whether the mayor's school-reform effort was approved at Jordan High in Watts. The results of voting by Jordan teachers were in limbo pending an interpretation of election rules. More teachers had voted with the mayor -- a win for the mayor by one reading of the printed election rules. But the numbers were less than a majority of all bargaining-unit members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two students were arrested Thursday after several fights erupted in a crowded courtyard of Jordan High School, authorities said. No one was seriously injured in the fights, which started about 12:30 p.m., although about 200 students scrambled to get out of the way, and "I saw a couple kids with ice packs and scratches," said Long Beach Police Officer Jackie Bezart. School officials released students about 20 minutes early because of the incident, she said.
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