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October 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The financially frail Richmond school district was allowed to pull out of bankruptcy proceedings despite arguments from employees that the protection is needed. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Edmund Jellen ruled that he had no authority to make the Richmond Unified School District remain under the bankruptcy protection it had sought last year. Facing about a $50-million debt, the district announced it would close six weeks early this spring.
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October 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The financially frail Richmond school district was allowed to pull out of bankruptcy proceedings despite arguments from employees that the protection is needed. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Edmund Jellen ruled that he had no authority to make the Richmond Unified School District remain under the bankruptcy protection it had sought last year. Facing about a $50-million debt, the district announced it would close six weeks early this spring.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge on Monday ordered the debt-ridden Richmond Unified School District not to close its schools today, six weeks ahead of schedule, although it was unclear who would provide the estimated $23.5-million cost of keeping them open. "The education of children is the function of the state," Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Ellen James said after a hearing involving a lawsuit by a parents group trying to keep the schools open.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide the validity of a precedent-setting ruling by a Contra Costa County judge that forced a $19-million state loan to keep open the bankrupt Richmond Unified School District. The justices, however, rejected a request sought by Gov. Pete Wilson for an emergency stay blocking the loan that would have required an immediate closure of district schools and an abrupt end to classes for 31,300 students.
NEWS
May 7, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to immediately suspend a lower court ruling that forced the state to provide a $19-million loan to the bankrupt Richmond Unified School District. Wilson asked the high court to stay the Superior Court order because he believes the bailout requirement will encourage other school districts to spend beyond their means with the expectation that the state will step in and help if their fiscal picture deteriorates, a spokesman said.
NEWS
April 26, 1991 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Schools in the debt-ridden Richmond Unified School District will be closed next week--six weeks before the scheduled start of summer vacation--because the district has run out of money to pay employees, officials said Thursday. Facing a $29-million deficit, the 31,300-student district in Northern California last week became the second in state history to file for bankruptcy protection, contending it has only enough money to meet its April 30 payroll.
NEWS
December 10, 1990 | From Associated Press
After months of rumors, the Richmond school board has ousted Supt. Walter Marks amid concern that he was jeopardizing the district's chances of getting a second emergency bailout loan from the state. Marks was hired three years ago to make changes but is leaving the district in financial chaos. The district, which had a $141.5-million budget this year, could run out of money by next February, one state legislator said.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide the validity of a precedent-setting ruling by a Contra Costa County judge that forced a $19-million state loan to keep open the bankrupt Richmond Unified School District. The justices, however, rejected a request sought by Gov. Pete Wilson for an emergency stay blocking the loan that would have required an immediate closure of district schools and an abrupt end to classes for 31,300 students.
OPINION
May 27, 1990 | JAMES W. GUTHRIE, James W. Guthrie is a professor of education at UC Berkeley and co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Much has been written about America's failing schools and how free-market "choice plans" can save them. One school district in California, however, has moved beyond rhetoric and is implementing a reasoned and restructured choice plan that warrants careful scrutiny.
NEWS
November 29, 1989 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Until a year and a half ago, Myron Ho attended a private school. Now he is a seventh-grader at Adams Middle School in the once-declining Richmond Unified School District, and his parents couldn't be happier. "He has a lot more choices here; there are always new challenges," said Myron's mother, Patti Ho, who turned to the public school system because she and her husband were allowed to choose which of the district's schools they felt would be best for their son.
NEWS
May 7, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to immediately suspend a lower court ruling that forced the state to provide a $19-million loan to the bankrupt Richmond Unified School District. Wilson asked the high court to stay the Superior Court order because he believes the bailout requirement will encourage other school districts to spend beyond their means with the expectation that the state will step in and help if their fiscal picture deteriorates, a spokesman said.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a court order to keep the schools in Richmond open, State School Supt. Bill Honig and Controller Gray Davis agreed on a plan Tuesday to bail out the bankrupt district with a $19-million loan. At the same time, Gov. Pete Wilson launched a legal challenge against the judicial order, contending that it sets a "dangerous precedent" by requiring that the state come to the rescue of school districts that are in fiscal trouble because of their own mismanagement.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The classroom walls were stripped bare of posters, lockers were cleaned out and textbooks had been turned in at Pinole Valley High School. But what had been a somewhat festive mood among students turned somber Tuesday, one day after a Superior Court judge ordered the state not to allow the financially troubled Richmond Unified School District to close its schools six weeks early. "I feel like we're being cheated," said Lakisha Rader, 16, a junior at Pinole Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge on Monday ordered the debt-ridden Richmond Unified School District not to close its schools today, six weeks ahead of schedule, although it was unclear who would provide the estimated $23.5-million cost of keeping them open. "The education of children is the function of the state," Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Ellen James said after a hearing involving a lawsuit by a parents group trying to keep the schools open.
NEWS
April 26, 1991 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Schools in the debt-ridden Richmond Unified School District will be closed next week--six weeks before the scheduled start of summer vacation--because the district has run out of money to pay employees, officials said Thursday. Facing a $29-million deficit, the 31,300-student district in Northern California last week became the second in state history to file for bankruptcy protection, contending it has only enough money to meet its April 30 payroll.
NEWS
April 20, 1991
Environmentalists have been much involved in the exciting proposal to create a state park out of 600 acres of an unspoiled wild area north of the San Fernando Valley. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has made a feasibility study of this possible Santa Clarita Woodlands Park and is most enthusiastic about acquiring the property.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a court order to keep the schools in Richmond open, State School Supt. Bill Honig and Controller Gray Davis agreed on a plan Tuesday to bail out the bankrupt district with a $19-million loan. At the same time, Gov. Pete Wilson launched a legal challenge against the judicial order, contending that it sets a "dangerous precedent" by requiring that the state come to the rescue of school districts that are in fiscal trouble because of their own mismanagement.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The classroom walls were stripped bare of posters, lockers were cleaned out and textbooks had been turned in at Pinole Valley High School. But what had been a somewhat festive mood among students turned somber Tuesday, one day after a Superior Court judge ordered the state not to allow the financially troubled Richmond Unified School District to close its schools six weeks early. "I feel like we're being cheated," said Lakisha Rader, 16, a junior at Pinole Valley.
NEWS
March 12, 1991 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
For three heady days in November, 1989, the struggling, working-class Richmond Unified School District basked in the unfamiliar glow of national recognition. Its charismatic superintendent, Walter L. Marks, had seemingly hit pay dirt with his project converting the district's 47 campuses into specialty schools and allowing parents to choose among them.
NEWS
December 10, 1990 | From Associated Press
After months of rumors, the Richmond school board has ousted Supt. Walter Marks amid concern that he was jeopardizing the district's chances of getting a second emergency bailout loan from the state. Marks was hired three years ago to make changes but is leaving the district in financial chaos. The district, which had a $141.5-million budget this year, could run out of money by next February, one state legislator said.
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