February 1, 2010 |
Many charter school supporters believe their hour has come. Locally, charters play an increasingly integral part in the school reform agenda of the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the state level, California charters recently received a boost from legislation that permits them access to new bond funding for school construction. And nationally, the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program includes high-quality charter schools among its priorities. But an improved outlook for charter schools is not a guaranteed cure-all for bad schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2008 |
In hopes of making it easier and more inviting for people to register to vote, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen released a new registration card Wednesday with simpler language, shorter sentences and larger print. "California's old voter registration card looked more like an imposing tax form instead of a simple invitation to participate in democracy," Bowen said. "The new card is inviting, it's intuitive, and most of all, it's a visual reminder that registering to vote is quick and easy."
March 19, 2006 |
THE Juilliard School. Even the name sounds classy. With a roster of illustrious alumni that reads like a who's who of performing artists, the famed New York City institution has been the gold standard since it was founded in 1905. Reigning supreme as a conservatory, it broadened its reach to include dance in 1951 and drama in 1968, the same year it moved to Lincoln Center.
May 4, 2001 |
Nearly 200 eighth-graders boycotted a state science exam with their parents' blessing in this well-to-do community of doctors, corporate executives and other high achievers. The school district in Scarsdale, a New York City suburb, said 195 of its 290 eighth-graders skipped the test to protest standardized exams and the increasing amount of classroom time spent preparing for them.
December 3, 2000 |
New York City school counselors and teachers routinely discriminate against pregnant students and teenage parents, encouraging them to leave mainstream schools for specialized programs, a civil rights group charged. Schools designated for pregnant and parenting students are often weaker academically than the mainstream schools, said Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "It's illegal to segregate students because they're pregnant or have a baby," Lieberman said.
May 3, 2000 |
Six months after uncovering widespread cheating on standardized tests, a city education watchdog charged Tuesday that nine teachers at eight schools improperly assisted students during testing. Special Commissioner of Investigation Edward Stancik, in a report summary to schools Chancellor Harold Levy, said additional reports of cheating surfaced after his initial investigation. Levy said he has asked his general counsel to review the report.