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June 10, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There was hope in the air Wednesday at the Los Angeles Board of Education. Genethia Hayes' narrow victory over incumbent member Barbara Boudreaux in Tuesday's runoff election created a majority of reformers on the seven-member panel and set the stage for a possible overhaul of the city's beleaguered public education system. Hayes, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Los Angeles branch, wants a comprehensive audit of the Los Angeles Unified School District's $7.
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April 1, 1999 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to aid faltering schoolchildren, a Los Angeles city leader has forged a novel alliance with local schools and colleges to have prospective teachers tutor thousands of students after school and on weekends. The program is being organized by City Councilman Mike Feuer, who has enlisted the support of L.A. Unified Supt. Ruben Zacarias, Cal State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed and trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District.
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May 30, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they stump for the right to lead the poorest-performing campuses in the city, Los Angeles Board of Education incumbent Barbara Boudreaux and challenger Genethia Hayes are offering voters a clear picture of what they have in mind for students in the 1st District south of downtown. Boudreaux would stick with existing programs that are showing signs of success: Test scores are inching upward, dropout rates are going down.
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July 8, 1998
In an effort to boost student achievement, Los Angeles school officials are assigning nearly 100 additional administrators to campuses beginning this month, part of a plan assailed by critics as expanding an already bloated educational bureaucracy. Under the new setup, the Los Angeles Unified School District will add three assistant superintendents who will be responsible for improving classroom instruction. The changes do not cost any money.
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July 22, 1998 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid predictions of chaos throughout the 661-campus Los Angeles Unified School District, the Board of Education indicated Tuesday that it will adopt a hastily prepared plan for dismantling bilingual programs starting Aug. 3. Los Angeles district officials estimated that it could cost an additional $40 million over the next four years to implement the proposal. "It's not going to be easy," said district Supt. Ruben Zacarias, who drafted the proposal.
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July 1, 1998 | Eva Baker and David Niemi, Baker is co-director and Niemi is assistant director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, a federally funded think tank that helps develop tests and analyze student performance
It's human nature to look at unhappy circumstances and try to understand them. But there is a fine line between finding explanations and making excuses. Consider the results unfolding from the statewide testing program. Put simply, our children do not yet measure up when compared to a national sample of students on the Stanford 9 achievement test. We can offer explanations for this, some plausible, some less so.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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