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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.
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.
July 15, 2012
The people of a large and mighty nation wonder why their schools can't do more to imitate those of another large, powerful nation across the Pacific Ocean. But this time it's not the United States seeking to emulate the schools of an Asian country - it's China seeking to emulate ours, at least to some extent. China is pushing for more emphasis on building creative skills and less on high-stress, high-stakes testing, according to a recent article in the New York Times . Under the existing system, a single entrance exam determines whether students attend college, and which one. Talk about teaching to the test: The last year of high school is often given over to cramming for the exam.
August 1, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
No doubt, summer has its dangers for kids: its Code Red air-quality days, its risk of sunburn, heatstroke, drowning and food poisoning, its poison ivy and whatnot. As conscientious parents reapply sunscreen to their young ones for the 4,000th time, they might well savor the prospect of a return to the safe, secure routines of school. They do so at their children's peril. Schools are a minefield of health hazards — arguably one of the most dangerous possible places for children to be. Spending their days there may not kill our children outright, but a number of recent trends, on top of some long-standing truths about packing children together tightly, makes schools a contributor to the health problems of many children.
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 ...
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