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May 2, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Two dozen high-performing Los Angeles schools are seeking to become charter campuses in search of more money and increased flexibility. The list reads like an honor roll of academic excellence. Every school has surpassed the state's target score of 800 on the Academic Performance Index, which is based on standardized tests. Although many of the schools considered the move in hopes of greater funding, campus officials said they also began to see the benefits of increased freedom over such things as curriculum, testing and schedules.
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May 2, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Two dozen high-performing Los Angeles schools are seeking to become charter campuses in search of more money and increased flexibility. The list reads like an honor roll of academic excellence. Every school has surpassed the state's target score of 800 on the Academic Performance Index, which is based on standardized tests. Although many of the schools considered the move in hopes of greater funding, campus officials said they also began to see the benefits of increased freedom over such things as curriculum, testing and schedules.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
You'd be hard-pressed to find a person more qualified to assist charter schools than the new director of the charter division for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In recent years, Jose J. Cole-Gutierrez has personally helped dozens of these schools find loans and locations, and aided in myriad other ways, while also lobbying on their behalf before state and local officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
You'd be hard-pressed to find a person more qualified to assist charter schools than the new director of the charter division for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In recent years, Jose J. Cole-Gutierrez has personally helped dozens of these schools find loans and locations, and aided in myriad other ways, while also lobbying on their behalf before state and local officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Things would be easier if Academia Semillas del Pueblo didn't have such low test scores. Then, the focus could be on the El Sereno charter school's International Baccalaureate program. Or on its trilingual curriculum: English, Spanish and Nahuatl, an indigenous language of Mexico. Or on the two co-founders dedicated to teaching culture that stretches back to before colonial Mexico. Instead, the focus shifted in recent weeks to the campus' test results. Compared to schools statewide that serve similar students and when matched against campuses in the neighborhood, results are low. Last year, the school's score on the state's Academic Performance Index dropped 92 points to 624; the state target is 800. Just 22% of students tested at grade level in math, 30% in English.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow a low-performing charter school to remain open even though for two years it flouted city rules and a district agreement not to operate in an unsafe building. The renewal of Academia Avance by a 6-1 vote was based on recent improvements in the school's academics and facilities, officials said. The board's action extended the operation of the Highland Park charter by one year, a qualified endorsement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
The leading organization of charter schools in California is proposing a new way to evaluate them, one that could lead to the closure of many low-performing schools. The proposal, being unveiled today by the California Charter Schools Assn., comes on the heels of a Stanford University study released earlier this week that found wide variation in quality among the state's roughly 800 charter schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The performance of Crescendo charter schools was nothing short of remarkable ? annual gains on state tests that were sometimes 10 times what other schools would consider strong progress. Too good, perhaps, to be true. Last year, administrators and teachers at the six schools south of downtown Los Angeles were caught cheating: using the actual test questions to prepare students for the state exams by which schools are measured. Nonetheless, on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education is scheduled to act on a staff recommendation to reauthorize Crescendo's charter, giving the organization another five years to operate.
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