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April 29, 1997 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in 20 years, a Californian took the helm of the National School Boards Assn. on Monday as one of public education's most influential interest groups met here to debate such volatile issues as charter schools and national achievement standards. The new president, William B. Ingram of Riverside County, called on school trustees to seize the initiative at a time when would-be education reformers abound in state capitals and Washington.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Angeles Unified School District officials and representatives of Fenton Avenue Elementary School were unable to agree Friday on an important funding issue that continues to burden the charter school movement. At the conclusion of a meeting called to review fiscal and legal issues at the San Fernando Valley's second charter school, district officials vowed to seek a ruling from the county Board of Education on the funding controversy, which they hope will resolve the matter once and for all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998 | HOLLY EDWARDS
Jacqueline Elliot's dream of establishing a charter middle school in Pacoima took a step closer to reality Tuesday when she announced a site had been found at the Japanese American Community Center at 12953 Branford St. Elliot, a curriculum advisor at Montague Charter Academy, a charter elementary school in Pacoima, has spearheaded the drive to establish a charter middle school that would serve troubled youth of the Pacoima community.
NEWS
January 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Former Education Secretary Terrel H. Bell said Friday that President Reagan has missed a chance to spark a real turnabout in American schools, and he urged the presidential candidates to make that their top domestic priority. Bell expressed alarm at the steep high school dropout rates, especially among minority youths, and the "marginal" skills of many others who manage to get a diploma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
In the latest murky relationship to emerge from the uncharted waters of the charter school movement, teachers at the San Fernando Valley's two charter schools and teachers' union officials are struggling to define their respective roles. Worried that their concerns were not being adequately addressed by United Teachers-Los Angeles, teachers from the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and Fenton Charter School in Lake View Terrace met with union officials this week.
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2010 | By Peter Schrag
The Death and Life of the Great American School System How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Diane Ravitch Basic Books: 284 pp., $26.95 Diane Ravitch, probably this nation's most respected historian of education and long one of our most thoughtful educational conservatives, has changed her mind -- and changed it big time. Ravitch's critical guns are still firing, but now they're aimed at the forces of testing, accountability and educational markets, forces for which she was once a leading proponent and strategist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2009 | Howard Blume
Risk-taking charter school operator Steve Barr is launching an effort through which parents would wrest political control of the L.A. school system from unions, school bureaucrats and other entrenched interests. The plan is for parents to form chapters all over town and improve schools, one by one, using the growing leverage of the charter school movement.
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