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September 16, 1993 | GEORGE SKELTON
At the end of the legislative hearing, the only people left were two exasperated committee members and three stunned witnesses, plus five paid pros in the audience. Another hundred or so people--a score of legislators, a dozen witnesses plus a packed house of combatants from both sides--had heard enough Tuesday and retreated to the quiet of their offices or to catch airplanes, some muttering about a kangaroo court. And, of course, it had smacked of that.
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September 20, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Repudiating a centerpiece of Gov. Pete Wilson's most recent state budget, the California Republican Party voted at its semiannual convention Sunday to oppose Proposition 172, the November ballot measure that would permanently extend a half-cent increase in the state sales tax. The Republican governor and the Legislature agreed in June to ask voters to maintain the temporary tax as part of a budget compromise intended to help pay for local police, fire protection and prosecutors.
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September 25, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, in Southern California stumping for the controversial school voucher initiative, predicted Friday that 25% of the state's public school children and up to half of those in the Los Angeles district would transfer to private or parochial campuses if the measure passes in November.
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September 21, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER
Most of the candidates campaigning for four seats on the Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees have declared their opposition to Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative on the November ballot. At the district's first candidates' forum last week, seven of the 10 school board candidates criticized the controversial initiative, saying it would harm the state's education system by increasing the gap between good and bad schools.
NEWS
September 20, 1993 | GEORGE SKELTON
Gov. Pete Wilson is pepped up by polls and party zealots--that hasn't happened in a long time--but pestered by Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative. There was buoyancy in the governor's step and spirit Saturday as he moved easily among delegates at the Republican state convention. Chants of "Pete! Pete!," which while orchestrated were still unusual, erupted from many delegates as Wilson began an after-dinner speech. He was given a respectably warm standing ovation at the end.
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July 23, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch attempt to place on the November ballot a bitterly fought initiative allowing parents to use tax-funded vouchers for private or parochial school tuition. In a brief order, the justices let stand a finding by state election officials that the initiative could not go before voters this fall because it narrowly fell short of the number of valid signatures required in a random sampling used to qualify ballot measures.
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September 28, 1993
Calling it a matter of principle over pocketbooks, three Los Angeles-area rabbis whose temples educate nearly 1,500 children came out against the school voucher initiative Monday, even though the families of their students would receive $3.8 million a year in tuition rebates.
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October 1, 1993 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
The Los Angeles Unified School District could lose up to $70 million this fiscal year if Proposition 174 passes in November, district officials predicted Thursday. District Budget Director Henry Jones based his analysis on a scenario advanced by state education officials about the fiscal impact of the school voucher initiative, an interpretation that is hotly contested by voucher supporters.
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October 30, 1993 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
With an unceasing flow of television and radio commercials, opponents of the school voucher initiative, Proposition 174 on Tuesday's state ballot, have conjured up images of "virtually anyone" opening tax-supported schools with "no real standards for teachers, no real course requirements." Polls show that the message has struck a chord with voters, who cite the lax regulation of private schools as one reason they are disinclined to support the measure.
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June 12, 1993 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Citing concerns about cost and accountability, the State Board of Education voted 8 to 0 Friday to oppose the school choice, or voucher, initiative on the November ballot. The vote puts the board--whose members are conservative to moderate Republicans appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson or his predecessor, George Deukmejian--firmly in line with leaders of the public school Establishment, which is leading the campaign against the initiative.
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