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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Top Los Angeles school officials hope to spend $135 million in the spring semester for the next portion of the iPad rollout, according to the official price estimate that emerged this week as part of a revised, compromise plan. That compromise was characterized as a slowdown of the $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. But the pace would not be slow compared to the first phase of the distribution this fall. Providing iPads to the first group of 47 schools cost about $50 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Two dozen high-performing Los Angeles schools are seeking to become charter campuses in search of more money and increased flexibility. The list reads like an honor roll of academic excellence. Every school has surpassed the state's target score of 800 on the Academic Performance Index, which is based on standardized tests. Although many of the schools considered the move in hopes of greater funding, campus officials said they also began to see the benefits of increased freedom over such things as curriculum, testing and schedules.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NEW YORK * Gov. George Pataki signed legislation that gives New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg control of the city's school system. The 1.1-million-student system will become Bloomberg's direct responsibility beginning July 1. The law also expands the Board of Education to 13 members. Currently, the system is run by a seven-member board and a chancellor. The mayor appoints two of the board members; the rest are appointed by each of the city's five borough presidents.
MAGAZINE
October 22, 1989
I would like to suggest to Poole that his next focus be the privatization of our public school system. If all primary and secondary schools were privately owned and operated, they could compete with one another for excellence in curriculum and instruction. This system would force schools to develop specific standards of performance and accountability ("production" in the business world) and may motivate parents to become more involved. By operating as a business, a privatized school system would reward our excellent teachers, weed out poor teachers and provide incentives for new teachers to become excellent teachers.
OPINION
May 5, 2007
Re "A drill can't fix LAUSD," Opinion, April 28 The rest of the world scores quick and easy political points by bashing our public school system. Virtually alone in the world of punditry, Sandra Tsing Loh identifies the successes of public schools. As a parent with children in public school, I love her work on this front, because school staff are properly more concerned with teaching than with rehabilitating their battered image. For readers who merely skim headlines, "A drill can't fix LAUSD" cynically echoes the conventional wisdom that our school system is broken beyond repair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991
Regarding your editorial "Public Schools at the End of the Rope" (Aug. 15): The Times says that immigration and a record birth rate are having a negative impact on the public school system. In fact, these are not separate issues since immigrants (both legal and illegal) have the largest birth rate of any group in California. At this country's busiest obstetrics hospital, located at the USC-Los Angeles County Medical Center, 85%-90% of the births are to mothers who are illegal aliens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy has told Board of Education members that he plans to resign in February, according to high-level district officials, including some who asked not to be named. The reaction from the office of board President Richard Vladovic left little doubt. “We are shocked,” said Mike Trujillo, a spokesman. “Dr. Vladovic is shocked, saddened and surprised.” Deasy, 52, was not immediately available for comment, but his departure would end the relatively brief tenure of a leader who made his mark with aggressive, sometimes controversial policies in L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest school system.
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