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May 11, 2003
Eight years ago, faculty, parents and students at Granada Hills High School came up with a tough new attendance policy, giving Fs to students who cut classes often without excuses. The policy helped to boost grades and attendance at the 3,800-student campus and brought in millions of dollars of extra state funding based on attendance. No way, said Los Angeles Unified School District officials.
October 24, 1986 | Associated Press
Former Education Secretary Terrel H. Bell said Thursday that the public school reform movement has "a great amount of steam" three years after he issued a report on a landmark educational study, but many states are doing little to educate America's youth better. Bell praised some states for legislating reforms, and he admonished others to "shape up" or "slip in their standing."
May 17, 1988 | From Associated Press
Teacher unions have not been a major obstacle to the school reform movement, according to a RAND Corp. study released Monday that contradicts frequent charges made by Education Secretary William J. Bennett. The study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, said rank-and-file teachers do not want their unions to forsake such "traditional bread-and-butter items" as class size and the length of the school day in negotiating new contracts.
March 26, 1988 | Associated Press
The head of the National Education Assn. proposed Friday creating at least one experimental district in each state with no holds barred on school reforms. Teachers, parents, school boards, local businesses and others involved in these 50 districts would have the union's blessings to "turn their school systems upside down or inside out" in pursuit of improvements, NEA President Mary Hatwood Futrell said.
March 4, 1997
An innovative dance workshop for youngsters confined to Central Juvenile Hall on Los Angeles' Eastside has been given a $60,000 federal grant to expand the program at the facility's school. The Movement Works Project, headed by the Central Juvenile Hall School's assistant principal, Gerardo Zalada, and choreographer Kim G., teaches the troubled youths how to express themselves through dance and other artistic means. The grant will enable Kim G.
December 27, 1998
Re "State School Board OKs Back to Basics for Math," Dec. 11. I have been a LAUSD teacher for 28 years. I have taught at the elementary and junior high school levels. Now I teach mathematics at North Hollywood High School and wish to make a statement that calculators and graphing calculators are very useful tools in enhancing the learning process. We live in the age of technology. To go back to the basics and take away the calculators in the elementary schools is a detriment to learning.
February 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
President Bush said Friday the first federal experiment in school vouchers will liberate District of Columbia families and fuel the school choice movement. "This initiative is one that's the beginning of what I hope is change all across the country," Bush said about the emerging private-school voucher plan in the nation's capital. At Archbishop Carroll High School, Bush said such programs send a message that "we want our public schools to succeed.... But ...
April 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A recent op-ed article in the Washington Post warned against overusing students' standardized test scores in evaluating how well teachers are doing their jobs. There would be no surprise about that - if it had been penned by the leader of a teachers union. But it was written by Bill Gates, arguably the most influential voice over the last few years in pushing for the use of test scores to rate teachers. Gates' warning was based on a study released in January that his foundation funded.
Interrupt a sixth-grade class at View Park Prep, and they'll quickly tell you the mission of their charter school. "To go to the best colleges and universities in the world," several students blurt out before returning to their studying for a science test. The full name of the public elementary and middle school is a mouthful--View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School--but it says a lot about its mission.
May 13, 2010 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
A central narrative of Republican Steve Poizner's gubernatorial campaign has been his entrepreneurial prowess: the engineering grad who got a master's from Stanford, made a fortune in Silicon Valley and turned his wealth and talent to public service. Underscoring the theme, Poizner describes himself on next month's primary election ballot as "businessman," although as state insurance commissioner since 2007 he's essentially been a government regulator. "Most of my career is starting and running companies," Poizner said in an interview.
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