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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education moved closer Tuesday to allowing seven schools to become independent charter campuses, including the prestigious Granada Hills High School, but the district's superintendent raised questions about the financial, racial and academic effects on other schools. Supt. Roy Romer said the growing charter school movement may damage the chances for passage future school construction bond issues to relieve overcrowding.
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OPINION
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.
OPINION
January 3, 2004
Belief in charter schools was part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign. He appointed Richard Riordan, another charter fan, as education secretary. And the elected state schools superintendent, Jack O'Connell, recently created a charter school office within the state Department of Education. To head it, he appointed Marta Reyes, who ran a charter school in El Dorado County and headed an advocacy group for such schools.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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 ...
OPINION
January 31, 2005
The latest salvo in the campaign by the teachers union to wring a generous raise from the cash-strapped Los Angeles Unified School District is a petition drive declaring that teachers have "lost confidence" in the leadership of Supt. Roy Romer. The tactic, aimed at pressuring the superintendent and board members to capitulate, is an unseemly flexing of union muscle at a time when the state's public school systems are fighting Sacramento for their financial health.
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