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March 3, 1998 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education reluctantly retreated Monday from plans to sue the state over a new statewide testing law, agreeing instead to test all students in English, regardless of the language they speak. Just two weeks ago, the board that governs the Los Angeles Unified School District became the first of several complaining urban education systems to agree to challenge Gov. Pete Wilson's program in court.
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October 11, 1998 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an impassioned call to arms: to have Los Angeles schoolchildren, many of whom are just learning English, "Reading by Nine." After all, educators and officials at a Saturday reading conference said, it is the very future of the city that is at stake in the campaign to implement an effective reading strategy for public school students in Los Angeles. "This is life or death," said Marian Joseph, a member of the State Board of Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | JIM NEWTON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Less than a week old, Mayor Richard Riordan's effort to remake the Los Angeles school board is already in trouble, with members of his task force complaining that he misrepresented their work and mishandled the announcement of their mission. In interviews with The Times, several task force members and sources close to the mayor said Riordan announced his plans to run candidates against four incumbents next year without consulting or even informing members of the task force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles elementary school students made substantial gains on this year's Stanford 9 test, but improvement was slight at the high school level, scores released by the district this week show. Middle school scores improved in all subjects but not as sharply as in the elementary grades. Overall, the district bumped its average up three percentile points to 34, a modest acceleration of the two-point gains in each of the previous two years.
NEWS
April 8, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan used his annual State of the City address Wednesday to unequivocally condemn San Fernando Valley secession and to urge voters to elect a slate of candidates he hopes will revolutionize the troubled Los Angeles school board. "Breaking Los Angeles apart is not the answer," he said. "Keeping our city together and making Los Angeles better must be our goal."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A debate among candidates seeking the Los Angeles school board's 1st District seat erupted into shouted exchanges Friday night among the panelists and audience over what it would take to improve student achievement.
NEWS
July 23, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Modest gains by Los Angeles Unified students on the Stanford 9 standardized test translated into a qualified victory for school officials. For a second year, Supt. Ruben Zacarias was able to claim progress toward his goal of raising scores 8 percentile points in four years. Scores for limited-English-speaking students and those fluent in English increased in most grade levels.
NEWS
June 9, 1996 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite reform efforts by the Los Angeles Unified School District, half of city residents believe it continues to educate children inadequately and a bare majority says it should be broken into smaller systems, a new Los Angeles Times poll has found. About 51% of respondents favored dismantling the school district, citing as their reasons the need for smaller classes, local control and improved quality of education.
NEWS
June 2, 1995 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breathing new life into the movement to split up the Los Angeles Unified School District, the California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill making it easier for voters to mandate a breakup of the sprawling, 708-square-mile district. The bill, by Assemblywoman Paula Boland (R-Granada Hills), eases the way for breakup advocates by lowering the number of petition signatures needed before the question can be placed on a ballot.
NEWS
April 5, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District scored at the lowest levels in all subject areas in the latest--and last--batch of California Learning Assessment System tests, prompting officials to pledge changes in city schools. The 1994 scores, released Tuesday by the state Department of Education, show that the vast majority of the district's fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders performed well below state standards in reading, writing and mathematics.
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