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September 18, 1996
Here are the district average scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test for 1996 graduating seniors in the 50 school districts of Los Angeles County. Scores can range from 200 to 800 in each of the test's two sections. Comparing districts based exclusively on averages is strongly discouraged by the testing agency because the percentage of students tested in each district can vary widely and skew the averages.
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June 30, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
An increasing number of California school districts are edging closer to financial insolvency, state officials reported Tuesday. One immediate effect has been teacher layoffs — probably in the thousands, although neither state officials nor the California Teachers Assn. have final numbers. Since the beginning of 2010, the number of school systems that may be "unable to meet future financial obligations" has increased by 38%, according to the state Department of Education.
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February 21, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a typical day in kindergarten at Mesquite Elementary School. The teacher was overseeing her young charges, who were busily involved in various activities. Then she happened to notice extra wires snaking up an interior classroom wall and disappearing above a ceiling tile. Curious, the teacher called a male colleague, who climbed a ladder and found the wire hooked up to a video recorder that was taping the activities in that room and another kindergarten class nearby.
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June 5, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Principal Linda Cordero of Grandview School in La Puente knows when too many boys on her campus are using the bathrooms--because the girls cannot flush at the same time. The culprit: Inadequate plumbing at the 40-year-old campus. Now Cordero and school officials in seven districts throughout Los Angeles County are hoping voters will solve such problems by approving bond issues Tuesday.
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August 20, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The percentage of ninth-graders who go on to complete high school has dropped at four of six area school districts, bucking a statewide trend of improved high school attendance, according to state statistics released this week. Administrators at each of the districts called the decreases minor, saying their schools overall achieved high four-year completion rates. The Antelope Valley Union High School District posted the greatest decline locally--3.5%--between 1994 and 1996.
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June 5, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Principal Linda Cordero of Grandview School in La Puente knows when too many boys on her campus are using the bathrooms--because the girls cannot flush at the same time. The culprit: Inadequate plumbing at the 40-year-old campus. Now Cordero and school officials in seven districts throughout Los Angeles County are hoping voters will solve such problems by approving bond issues Tuesday.
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April 15, 1998 | DOUG SHUIT and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With school districts scrambling to find money to replace or renovate aging buildings, voters approved five of the seven bond measures on the ballot Tuesday but sent two others to defeat in Torrance and Compton. Bond measures passed in Duarte, Montebello, Paramount, South Whittier and Temple City.
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March 12, 1998
The Culver City Unified School District Board of Education has accepted the resignation of one principal and the retirement of three other administrators, officials said. The resignation of El Rincon Elementary Principal Jerry Horkin and the retirements of Culver Park High Principal Anita Johnson, El Marino Elementary Principal Carmen Jarel and Culver City High Assistant Principal Joanne Lowe were announced by the board at its Monday meeting, said board President Barbara Honig.
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May 4, 1997 | TRACY JOHNSON and JEAN MERL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The news last week that county education officials are once again sounding the alarm over Inglewood schools' financial situation had an all-too-familiar ring. It was only last fall that the 16,765-pupil Inglewood Unified School District was deemed on the road to fiscal recovery after county officials spent nearly two years straightening out its finances.
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November 14, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the Valley secession campaign said during a citywide forum Saturday that breaking up the massive Los Angeles school district should take precedence over their drive to split the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles. "More people are dissatisfied with the school district than with the city of Los Angeles," said Richard Close, chairman of Valley VOTE, the group pushing for the San Fernando Valley to form its own city. "Never before has there been such a force behind this issue.
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November 14, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the Valley secession campaign said during a citywide forum Saturday that breaking up the massive Los Angeles school district should take precedence over their drive to split the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles. "More people are dissatisfied with the school district than with the city of Los Angeles," said Richard Close, chairman of Valley VOTE, the group pushing for the San Fernando Valley to form its own city. "Never before has there been such a force behind this issue.
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August 13, 1999
Local rap artists joined civic leaders Thursday to condemn the series of arson fires at city schools, including the most recent one at Centennial High School. Officials announced the addition of $18,000 to the reward fund set up for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist, bringing the total reward to $39,000. County supervisors committed $15,000 to the fund and rapper Sugar Free and his record label, Fired Up Records, donated $3,000.
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December 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
The sound of music just got a little sweeter for the orchestras and bands of Agoura High School, the recipients of a $40,000 trove of new musical instruments donated by a cable music channel and a local cable provider. The gift of oboes, trombones, violins and other instruments will revitalize a music program that depends heavily on donations from corporations and booster groups, said Donald Zimring, the deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
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September 19, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As employers lamented the difficulty of finding workers who can spell and add, a panel of business leaders and educators Friday agreed that the Los Angeles Unified School District has failed to adequately prepare the next generation's work force, but few advocated dismantling it. The education forum, sponsored by the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., was designed to address the question of whether a "fundamental restructuring of LAUSD would produce meaningful improvements" in education.
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August 24, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leaving their home in the Hollywood Hills in October, Diane and Trent Johnson could have moved just about anywhere they wished. What ultimately led them to choose the Northbridge Point development in Valencia, the Johnsons say, was the promise of excellent neighborhood schools that their young children could walk to. But now the Johnsons say they were misled.
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August 20, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The percentage of ninth-graders who go on to complete high school has dropped at four of six area school districts, bucking a statewide trend of improved high school attendance, according to state statistics released this week. Administrators at each of the districts called the decreases minor, saying their schools overall achieved high four-year completion rates. The Antelope Valley Union High School District posted the greatest decline locally--3.5%--between 1994 and 1996.
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February 26, 1998
A main sewer line at North High School collapsed Wednesday, forcing school officials to close most of the restrooms on the east side of the campus and order a dozen portable toilets that will be set up today. School officials said that the sewer line became clogged Monday afternoon and was plugged to prevent a sewage spill. Joe Zeiler, assistant vice principal of maintenance, said a rooter was unable to clear the line Tuesday and by Wednesday the clay pipe had collapsed.
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July 15, 1998
California gave standardized tests to students in grades 2-11 this year. This chart shows percentile ranks for L.A. County schools that provided data. A rank of 50 would mean that students were at the average compared to a national sample. The Times published school-by-school scores for the L.A. Unified School District Monday. Other school data will be published when released.
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