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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1990
After completing a lengthy mortgage loan application to finance private secondary schooling for my eighth-grade son, I read two articles in the Orange County section--"Crowded Classes" and "Parent Seeking to Keep School Open" (Jan. 5)--that poignantly explain why my family is faced with this drastic and traumatic decision. Classroom sizes in Fountain Valley School District, particularly in the middle schools, have expanded to unmanageable and unteachable proportions. Our school administrators and teachers spend too much time trying to account for and control large populations of unruly adolescents with little time remaining for teaching and guidance.
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April 14, 2005
Re "Plans Target Troubled L.A. Schools," April 11: Not addressed in the plans by Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer to overhaul ailing schools is the severe overcrowding. As it has been explained to me, even when my school reverts to a single-track system in the next few years, we will still have as many students on campus as we do at any one time now. Teachers will still have to travel. Students will still stand in long lines for lunch and to use the restrooms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Several proposals to relieve overcrowding at two schools will be discussed today during a special meeting of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Some options, like rerouting Glenview Elementary School students to Yorba Linda Middle School instead of Bernardo Yorba Middle School, have drawn criticism from parents.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
Re "2 Girls Killed When Car Jumps Curb at O.C. School," March 13: In all the letters and articles that I've seen since the tragic death of two schoolgirls at Centralia Elementary School, there's been no mention of school populations. Most Anaheim elementary schools were built to hold 650 students, yet more than double that number now attend at each site. For many years, "Notice of Severe Overcrowding" signs were posted in school offices because Anaheim didn't build a new school in over 30 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Facing a substantial increase in enrollment, Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials revealed preliminary plans this week to ease overcrowding in schools. In the next five years, 3,500 new students are expected to pour into the district's schools, which now have about 18,000 students. The steps being considered to accommodate the newcomers include adjusting attendance boundaries and staggering kindergarten classes to allow one room to be used for two classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School overcrowding resulting from an unexpected increase in enrollment is the main concern of three incumbents and their single challenger in the contest for three seats on the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees. Elenore Escalante, a retired principal at Yukon Intermediate School, is the challenger in the Nov. 7 election. The incumbents are John D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1994 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Orange Unified School District officials will issue a report on overcrowding in the district by early February. Supt. Robert L. French told parents at last week's school board meeting that he and his staff will consider drawing new boundaries, moving mobile classrooms and possibly building new schools. "We are trying to be as responsive as we can," he told several parents who complained about overcrowding in Anaheim Hills schools. "We think it is best to look at the entire district."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 | JOSEPH H. DUFF, Joseph H. Duff is an attorney who is representing the NAACP in its school desegregation lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District and state education officials.
The ongoing, highly charged controversy over whether the Los Angeles Unified School District should mandate year-round education for all students has its roots in a long and fractious local history. Urban growth, racial and ethnic segregation and housing discrimination against families with children were major factors in establishing patterns we see today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major policy reversal that could have statewide repercussions, the Los Angeles County counsel has told the county supervisors that they do not have to consider potential school overcrowding in reviewing requests to build housing developments. Just four months ago, County Counsel De Witt W. Clinton said the opposite, telling the supervisors that they could reject zone changes for developments that threatened to overwhelm school districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1993 | LISA H. LAWSON, Lisa H. Lawson is a public-policy specialist and a member of the L.A. County Commission on Women
They were accused of "shiftlessness," "lack of ambition" and of "stealing jobs" from native Californians. They were intensely religious people, yet local churches shunned them. The school districts and public health officials felt overburdened and encroached upon by their children. There were attempts to segregate the children into separate classrooms or mobile schools. The State Chamber of Commerce attributed higher tax rates to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2000
Re: "Oxnard District's Plan for New School Dealt Setback," Nov. 16. A very strange thing happened at the most recent meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission. The LAFCO commissioners, unswayed by the pleas of school district and parent representatives, declined to allow the annexation of 10 acres to the city of Oxnard for a neighborhood elementary school. Many of the parents present were farm workers pleading to have farmland next to their home annexed for a school. This was a logical request, since there is no other city land near their home for a school, and their children are being bused around the city due to school overcrowding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | Associated Press
More than one-fifth of the nation's schools have more students than they were built to serve, the Education Department says in a report suggesting that crowding and crumbling buildings go hand in hand. In 1999, the study said, 17,400 U.S. schoolhouses, or 22%, were at least 6% over capacity--the department's definition of overcrowding--and 8% of all schools, 6,200 buildings, were severely overcrowded. That was defined as enrolling 25% more children than the building was constructed to hold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1997
I read with alarm your Aug. 25 article ("Population Surge of 18 Million Seen for State by 2025"). Eighteen million! Just in California! I should say that the environmental impact mentioned in the article was grossly understated. A little water shortage? A little school overcrowding? Why doesn't The Times do a series about a real issue, like world overpopulation and how it is going to impact us here in America? The writing's on the wall: The people of the Third World will continue to immigrate here until the quality of life in the United States has sunk to that of their own countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Several proposals to relieve overcrowding at two schools will be discussed today during a special meeting of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Some options, like rerouting Glenview Elementary School students to Yorba Linda Middle School instead of Bernardo Yorba Middle School, have drawn criticism from parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997
Two legislative proposals to help ease school overcrowding will be discussed tonight at Aliso Niguel High School. James A. Fleming, superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District, will lead the discussion, which will focus on legislative proposals that aim to help facilitate funding and construction of local schools. Discussions will center on Senate Bill 15 and Assembly Bill 55. The Senate bill, if passed, would provide for a general statewide election to be held in June 1997.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Facing a substantial increase in enrollment, Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials revealed preliminary plans this week to ease overcrowding in schools. In the next five years, 3,500 new students are expected to pour into the district's schools, which now have about 18,000 students. The steps being considered to accommodate the newcomers include adjusting attendance boundaries and staggering kindergarten classes to allow one room to be used for two classes.
NEWS
September 3, 1987
The builder of the Carlton Square development next to the Forum has donated $100,000 to the Inglewood Unified School District to alleviate any school overcrowding caused by the 470-unit project. The City Council granted approval for the Lusk Co. to build Carlton Square in April, 1985, before the school board passed a resolution imposing fees on new developments to help pay for schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986
Legislation that would force developers and city officials to listen to complaints about school overcrowding caused by redevelopment was defeated Wednesday in a Senate committee. The bill, by Assemblyman Larry Stirling (R-San Diego), was sought by Santee school officials after they realized that the proposed 706-acre Town Center development in their town could double the enrollments of two schools already filled to capacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Because of an unexpected increase in enrollment, the Fullerton School District is restating its transfer policy to make clear that principals may reject student transfer requests during the first four weeks of school. District officials said they projected that 11,007 students would be enrolled in district schools as of this week. But 11,535 students are now attending the district's 14 elementary and three junior high schools.
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