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December 17, 1998
Re "Study Doubts Charter School Success Claims," Dec. 4: The UCLA charter school study is misleading and inaccurate. There have been numerous in-depth studies of charter schools conducted nationally and locally over the last several years. WestEd Policy and USC evaluated LAUSD in 1998, the U.S. Department of Education sponsored a national study in 1997 and 1998 and in 1996 the Little Hoover Commission examined California charter schools. Each of these studies identified positive results from the charter school movement.
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OPINION
December 23, 2012
In yet another tussle between the teachers union and the school reform movement, the Los Angeles Unified school board decreed last week that district administrators must obtain board approval before applying for any grants of more than $1 million, in order to ensure that they don't seek out grants that come with problematic strings. The idea is reasonable enough, but the way the new policy is written, it unnecessarily ties the hands of staff without necessarily protecting the district.
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OPINION
September 14, 2004
Re "Link Charters to Colleges," editorial, Aug. 28: I object to the recommendation that the state authorize the University of California and California State University to oversee their own charters. That's the job of local governing boards, and it's one they take seriously. As a former school board member, I take issue with the assertion that local governing boards are often hostile or indifferent to the charter school movement. School boards are being vigilant, not hostile, when they critique flawed charter applications or take action against inept or unscrupulous operators.
OPINION
August 15, 2009
Re "Charters get an unsatisfactory grade," Opinion, Aug. 11 I have been following with great interest the many issues related to our public schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere, as both a retired teacher and a grandmother. Diane Ravitch, in her thoughtful and well-researched Times Op-Ed article, says it all. The public school system has served our country well. I believe it should be improved and preserved. I hope our Los Angeles Unified School District Board pays attention to the research Ravitch discusses before it gives away our schools to private enterprise.
OPINION
August 15, 2009
Re "Charters get an unsatisfactory grade," Opinion, Aug. 11 I have been following with great interest the many issues related to our public schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere, as both a retired teacher and a grandmother. Diane Ravitch, in her thoughtful and well-researched Times Op-Ed article, says it all. The public school system has served our country well. I believe it should be improved and preserved. I hope our Los Angeles Unified School District Board pays attention to the research Ravitch discusses before it gives away our schools to private enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
What was billed as Hillary Rodham Clinton observing a noted Los Angeles charter school was more precisely a school observing Clinton on Thursday as the first lady dipped into Los Angeles on her national book tour. At the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, children pressed their faces against classroom security screens and yelled "Hola, Mrs. Clinton!" Students in a kindergarten computer lab--one of two classes she briefly visited--had to be reminded to concentrate on their work when they began pounding out random letters instead of words as she stopped to watch them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
What was billed as Hillary Rodham Clinton observing a noted Los Angeles charter school was more precisely a school observing Clinton on Thursday as the first lady dipped into Los Angeles on her national book tour. At the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, children pressed their faces against classroom security screens and yelled "Hola, Mrs. Clinton!" Students in a kindergarten computer lab--one of two classes she briefly visited--had to be reminded to concentrate on their work when they began pounding out random letters instead of words as she stopped to watch them.
NEWS
January 6, 2000 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The decade-old national movement toward adopting academic standards for public school students is more form than substance, with most states still expecting far too little, a new report from a conservative think tank concludes. Although there are exceptions--California being one of them--most states' standards are weak, vague, difficult to measure or are not linked to policies that reward success and punish failure, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation says in a report to be released today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996 | GARY K. HART and SUE BURR, Gary K. Hart, director of the California State University Institute for Education Reform, introduced the California Charter Schools Act while serving in the state Senate. Sue Burr, associate director of the CSU Institute, drafted the act as Senate staff member
The Charter Schools Act of 1992, which established California's flourishing program of self-governing public schools, must be amended so that the next stage in the charter school movement can be undertaken early this year. The educational autonomy now enjoyed by 100 communities in our state should be extended to hundreds more anxiously awaiting their chance.
MAGAZINE
September 4, 1994 | Joe Morgenstern, Joe Morgenstern is a journalist and screenwriter who lives in Santa Monica. His last piece for this magazine was a profile of Matt Groening, cartoonist and creator of "The Simpsons."
One Saturday last spring, the same day that marked the kickoff of West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration, a small group of conservative Republican activists got together for an alfresco fund-raising brunch in a Hollywood Hills home. The setting seemed like heaven--ripe oranges and lemons on curving branches, mockingbirds burbling arias beneath an azure sky--and the dozen or so guests seemed perfectly cast for their roles as Grand Old Party stalwarts.
OPINION
September 14, 2004
Re "Link Charters to Colleges," editorial, Aug. 28: I object to the recommendation that the state authorize the University of California and California State University to oversee their own charters. That's the job of local governing boards, and it's one they take seriously. As a former school board member, I take issue with the assertion that local governing boards are often hostile or indifferent to the charter school movement. School boards are being vigilant, not hostile, when they critique flawed charter applications or take action against inept or unscrupulous operators.
NEWS
December 22, 2000 | NANCY TREJOS, WASHINGTON POST
David Botluk, 13, and his classmates are solving math puzzles with their teacher. David is at his mother's office in Washington, D.C. His teacher is in Idaho. The other students are scattered throughout the country, all tethered to their computers, joined together as a class in cyber-world. Through the wonders of the Internet, and $199 a month, David is being taught at home, taking a full seventh-grade curriculum through Christa McAuliffe Academy, based in Washington state.
NEWS
January 6, 2000 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The decade-old national movement toward adopting academic standards for public school students is more form than substance, with most states still expecting far too little, a new report from a conservative think tank concludes. Although there are exceptions--California being one of them--most states' standards are weak, vague, difficult to measure or are not linked to policies that reward success and punish failure, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation says in a report to be released today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1998
Re "Study Doubts Charter School Success Claims," Dec. 4: The UCLA charter school study is misleading and inaccurate. There have been numerous in-depth studies of charter schools conducted nationally and locally over the last several years. WestEd Policy and USC evaluated LAUSD in 1998, the U.S. Department of Education sponsored a national study in 1997 and 1998 and in 1996 the Little Hoover Commission examined California charter schools. Each of these studies identified positive results from the charter school movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
What was billed as Hillary Rodham Clinton observing a noted Los Angeles charter school was more precisely a school observing Clinton on Thursday as the first lady dipped into Los Angeles on her national book tour. At the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, children pressed their faces against classroom security screens and yelled "Hola, Mrs. Clinton!" Students in a kindergarten computer lab--one of two classes she briefly visited--had to be reminded to concentrate on their work when they began pounding out random letters instead of words as she stopped to watch them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996 | AMY PYLE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
What was billed as Hillary Rodham Clinton observing a noted Los Angeles charter school was more precisely a school observing Clinton on Thursday as the first lady dipped into Los Angeles on her national book tour. At the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, children pressed their faces against classroom security screens and yelled "Hola, Mrs. Clinton!" Students in a kindergarten computer lab--one of two classes she briefly visited--had to be reminded to concentrate on their work when they began pounding out random letters instead of words as she stopped to watch them.
NEWS
December 22, 2000 | NANCY TREJOS, WASHINGTON POST
David Botluk, 13, and his classmates are solving math puzzles with their teacher. David is at his mother's office in Washington, D.C. His teacher is in Idaho. The other students are scattered throughout the country, all tethered to their computers, joined together as a class in cyber-world. Through the wonders of the Internet, and $199 a month, David is being taught at home, taking a full seventh-grade curriculum through Christa McAuliffe Academy, based in Washington state.
NEWS
October 15, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At regular intervals when the Legislature is in session, a tall, stick-thin figure bursts out the door of the Department of Education building and streaks for the Capitol three blocks away--arms flailing, long legs churning, breathless aides scurrying to keep up, their arms laden with charts and documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996 | GARY K. HART and SUE BURR, Gary K. Hart, director of the California State University Institute for Education Reform, introduced the California Charter Schools Act while serving in the state Senate. Sue Burr, associate director of the CSU Institute, drafted the act as Senate staff member
The Charter Schools Act of 1992, which established California's flourishing program of self-governing public schools, must be amended so that the next stage in the charter school movement can be undertaken early this year. The educational autonomy now enjoyed by 100 communities in our state should be extended to hundreds more anxiously awaiting their chance.
NEWS
October 15, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At regular intervals when the Legislature is in session, a tall, stick-thin figure bursts out the door of the Department of Education building and streaks for the Capitol three blocks away--arms flailing, long legs churning, breathless aides scurrying to keep up, their arms laden with charts and documents.
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