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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993
Over the years I have grown accustomed to your narrow editorial focus in The Times. However, the column by Marlene Adler Marks (Commentary, June 11) represented an all-time low. Ms. Marks states that my mother, Joy Picus, has lost her moral center. Having watched my mother in public life for the last 20 years, I am used to hearing people say nasty and ugly things about her. However, I have never been as repulsed as I was when I read Mark's column. I know that if you had read the article before publishing it, you would never have allowed such a blatantly false statement to be printed about someone whose dedication to our city and whose honesty and integrity have never been questioned.
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November 14, 1991 | SHERRY JOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nana Ama Kyerematen did something most eighth-graders don't: She went to lunch with her teacher. As a reward for maintaining good grades and citizenship at Lone Hill Middle School in San Dimas, Nana Ama and her English teacher had a free lunch recently at a local Sizzler restaurant. "It tells me I'm doing great," Nana Ama said of the treat. "Hopefully, I'll be able to achieve what I want in life." That's just the reaction Principal Marc Jackson is hoping for from the school's 1,058 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2004 | Jean Merl and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
With their narrow approval of a $12.3-billion statewide school construction bond measure in Tuesday's election, California voters reaffirmed their traditional support for education -- but just barely. Locally, voters were less ambivalent, passing many -- though not all -- district school bond measures with comfortable margins. Two of three Orange County district bond measures won voter approval, and Los Angeles Unified School District's $3.87-billion Measure R garnered more than 63% of the vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vowing to teach California schools "new lessons of reform and renewal," Gov. Pete Wilson, during his State of the State address on Monday, launched a new agenda for the educational system. The Wilson plan includes repealing tenure for public school teachers, developing a merit pay system for teachers, creating a "parents bill of rights" that expands school choice and phasing out the 11-volume state education code governing school operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As employers lamented the difficulty of finding workers who can spell and add, a panel of business leaders and educators Friday agreed that the Los Angeles Unified School District has failed to adequately prepare the next generation's work force, but few advocated dismantling it. The education forum, sponsored by the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., was designed to address the question of whether a "fundamental restructuring of LAUSD would produce meaningful improvements" in education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the weather turns cool, PTA President Linda Reyes posts herself in front of Blanchard School in Santa Paula a few times each week to sell cups of popcorn for 25 cents each. The profit margin is high--both the popcorn and cups are donated. Reyes can usually pull in around $40 a day. But at the new Lang Ranch School in Thousand Oaks, fund-raising is run more like a small business than a lemonade stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2002 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District is really, really, really big. So big that when its books were off by 5%, as they were this month, it discovered it had an extra $228 million on hand. So big that when its students' answer sheets were turned in late, the entire state had to delay the release of test results, lest they be hopelessly skewed. When the state offered school districts $450 million in construction funds this year, L.A.
NEWS
February 17, 2002 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's public schools have enjoyed rising test scores three years running, but you wouldn't know it from the Republican challengers to Gov. Gray Davis. They see chronic failure and little progress. "There has not been any major breakthrough in education, other than in some individual districts like L.A.," said former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, the leading GOP contender. Riordan and his two Republican rivals--financier Bill Simon Jr.
REAL ESTATE
August 22, 1999 | SUE McALLISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"How are the schools?" is one of the most important questions posed to real estate agents by home seekers. Agents' responses to the question range from the very vague to the tremendously detailed. But until recently, even those who provided specifics about school curricula, faculty and after-school activities had to gather information on their own from schools or districts.
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