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September 27, 1990
Sherry Joan Kurland, a longtime Sherman Oaks resident who helped found the Open School in Los Angeles, has died in Encino. She was 49. Mrs. Kurland died Saturday of cancer, her husband Richard Kurland said. Born Sherry Joan Kaufman on July 23, 1941, in Los Angeles, she grew up in the Los Feliz area. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1959 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from UCLA in 1963.
May 28, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Irene Gilbert, who persuaded her mentor, Stella Adler, to open an acting school in Los Angeles in 1985 and then served as its director for 20 years, has died. She was 76. Gilbert died May 21 of complications related to Alzheimer's disease at her son's home in Eureka, Calif., said John Jack Rodgers, executive director of the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre-Los Angeles . "There would be no West Coast school if not for Irene's drive and determination to keep it open," Rodgers said.
April 22, 1995
One of the few bright spots in the latest California Learning Assesment System test results was the Open Charter School in Los Angeles. The magnet school's fourth-graders' scores (see box, right) are more than twice the average in the Los Angeles Unified School District and nearly twice the statewide scores. JAMES BLAIR asked the school's educators and parents to talk about what's responsible for its success.
March 1, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Luis Sanchez, a candidate for the Los Angeles Board of Education, worked the room at a posh Beverly Hills condo on a Thursday in late January. The nearly 50 guests drank Au Bon Climat chardonnay and Piper Sonoma sparkling wine as Sanchez's backers, including school board President Monica Garcia and charter school leaders, lauded him as a man who could help push the district toward serious reforms. About the same time, his main competitor in the race, John Fernandez, was being pressured by United Teachers Los Angeles officials to pull out of the race after they discovered discrepancies in his background, including a bankruptcy.
November 20, 1986 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted this week to open a musical academy for 700 students at Hamilton High School and to relocate two other nearby magnet school programs under a plan to improve the racial balance in the Hamilton area and relieve overcrowding elsewhere.
March 26, 1993
The Los Angeles school board Thursday allowed a small Westside magnet school to break away from many state and local education codes to become the district's first so-called charter school. The 400-student Open School has asked for autonomy to design and test innovative teaching methods. Under the plan approved by six board members with one abstention, the school will secede from the district over five years.
February 26, 1989
What an amazing story in the South Bay edition (Times, Feb. 17): "Apartment Plans Divide City, School Officials." The Torrance Unified School District is going to borrow up to $13.5 million to get into the apartment business. And is at war, once again, with the city. This, in a district that has refused to build school libraries for its (elementary school) children. With money in the bank from the sale of schools and more money available if the Columbia (School) site were sold, the district commits itself to debt to compete in the private sector, with taxpayers' money.
January 5, 1992 | DAVID L. KIRP, David L. Kirp, a UC Berkeley professor of public policy, is author of "Learning by Heart: AIDS and Schoolchildren in America's Communities . "
November was unseasonably warm. In thousands of Los Angeles classrooms decorated with paper cutout turkeys, children sweated it out in classrooms that, by noontime, felt like furnaces. With the Los Angeles Unified School District dealing with budget cuts of more than a quarter of a billion dollars, air conditioning, like adequate supplies of chalk and textbooks, had become a luxury. Around the Coke machines in their lounges, teachers were talking about another strike, the second in 2 1/2 years.
May 1, 1998 | COLL METCALFE
Do earthworms have ears? That is one of the many quirky topics that will be explored during this month's "Bobcat Brain-Boosters," spring mini-courses being offered at Bedford Open School. Beginning Thursday, children at the school will be able to explore such topics as the auditory prowess of earthworms. The mini-classes will be taught by professionals and parents of students at the school.
December 23, 1990
I read with interest your article regarding the problem at Santa Monica High School during the lunch break (Times, Dec. 16). You mentioned that the "open lunch" policy is at least 30 years old. I'll say it is. During my senior year, 1934, Louis Veenker ran for president of the Boys League on a campaign of doing away with the "bound rules," which prohibited leaving the campus during school hours. Louis' father was August Veenker, the boys vice principal. Enforcing this rule was almost impossible.
July 3, 2010
Keeping hikers out Re "Landowner puts his foot down on hiking," June 27 I share Shull Bonsall Jr.'s worries about the land he owns near the falls and pools in the Los Padres National Forest. I don't think that the public has a right to any land that any group -- conservationists or otherwise -- has deemed open to the public. In fact, I would suggest that access to mountain or wilderness trails, pools and waterfalls across the state has in many cases led to their damage and demise through graffiti, trash and vandalism.
April 22, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, L.A. Times
He's a young man in an ill-fitting suit standing in the principal's office beneath pictures of Afghan sages and Wile E. Coyote. There's no principal, but he says he'll hire one as soon as he finds investors. He could use a few more chairs and pencils too; just drop them off on the other side of the razor wire. "There's a need for private schools, and I'm doing this to benefit me and my countrymen," said Abdul Azim Rawi Almajid, owner of a new school named after himself. "They're not just for the rich anymore.
July 23, 2009 | Corina Knoll
The Rowland Unified School District board on Tuesday approved a middle and high school that will exist almost entirely on the Internet. The virtual campus, a charter school that will be known as iQ Academy California-Los Angeles, will operate out of Rowland Heights and will be open to students in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Full-time students will be given a laptop and access to wireless Internet and will be able to meet with their teachers via webcasts or in person.
July 6, 2008 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Izzy Tihanyi rubs wax onto her surfboard, a very girly-looking longboard adorned with flowers and koi fish. Then she tucks it under her arm and tromps off toward the ocean, pausing briefly to toss a Surf Diva Surf School slogan back over her shoulder: "The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun." That would be either Izzy or her twin, Coco, co-owners of the La Jolla school and co-authors of the 2005 book "Surf Diva: A Girl's Guide to Getting Good Waves."
March 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey opened her second school for poor South African youth Friday, an innovative, environmentally friendly institution she hopes will be a model for public education. The Seven Fountains Primary School was funded by Oprah's Angel Network, a public charity that supports organizations and projects focused on education and literacy. It is located outside the remote town of Kokstad in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. The $1.
January 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Taliban said it would open its own schools in areas under its control in southern Afghanistan, in an apparent effort to win support among local residents and undermine the Western-backed government. The Taliban destroyed 200 schools and killed 20 teachers last year and has driven 200,000 children from the classroom, said the Afghan government, which called the announcement "putting salt in the wound."
August 14, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Two contenders have staked their claims for an open seat on the Orange Unified School District Board of Education. William G. Vasquez, 51, a Santa Ana resident who is assistant city manager of Chino, and Terri Sargeant, 44, of Orange, a land-use planner for the county, are running for the seat being vacated by Max Reissmueller. Four trustees on the seven-member board, which has become one of the most politically controversial in the county, are up for election on Nov. 4.
May 1, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
The Conejo Valley school board has agreed to establish limits on the number of students who can transfer to campuses outside their neighborhood school under the district's open-enrollment policy. The restrictions are designed to provide for children moving into growing neighborhoods who might otherwise be unable to enroll in local schools because classes are already filled by pupils coming from elsewhere.
October 5, 2006 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
Huang Ting and his brother Huang Meng were born only a year apart. But at 18 and 17, they are separated by a world of difference. Ting is a schoolboy with a strong build, broad smile and sunny disposition, seemingly troubled by nothing more than the weight of his reading glasses. Meng is silent, wiry and hunched over like an old man. This fall, Ting left the family's mud brick home in eastern China's Shandong province, for the People's University in Beijing.
September 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Amid boos and shouts of "traitors," Randolph-Macon Woman's College officials announced that men would be admitted to the 115-year-old Lynchburg institution starting in 2007. Some 400 students, alumnae and their supporters greeted the board's announcement by drowning out trustees President Jolley Christman as she tried to explain.
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