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May 1, 1991
I am writing this letter as a concerned parent. Our California school system is falling apart right before our eyes. We keep hearing that our school system is terrible and that kids are graduating from school who can't read. Whose fault is this? The legislators in Sacramento, that's who. Every time there is a budget cut, the school system is the one affected. Kids cannot even take books home because each class has to use the same books. We, as parents, not only have to pay taxes, but now we also have to help pay for sports, supplies and other needs.
June 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The superintendent of Philadelphia's financially strapped school system resigned, saying he did not have the support of state officials to turn the district around. David Hornbeck made the announcement less than a week after the nation's sixth-largest school system averted a state takeover. He will end his six-year tenure in August. Hornbeck said recent budget negotiations left him without enough money to continue his school reform program on schedule.
July 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pittsburgh school officials shut down a private summer program for nearly 600 disadvantaged youngsters at two public schools after learning the children pray, study the Bible and sing religious songs. U.S. District Judge William Standish denied a request Monday to block the school system from revoking permits for the "Fun with the Son" program at Allegheny Middle School and Northview Heights elementary school.
September 28, 1998
Regarding Mayor Richard Riordan's assessment of the schools ("Riordan Task Force Plans Its Own School Board Slate," Sept. 12): Finally, someone who has the fortitude to tell the truth. The emperor is naked and the schools are a disaster caused by letting politics dictate policy instead of common sense. I will either have to move or send my sons to a private school while my taxes support a deficient public school system. I certainly don't share [governor candidate] Gray Davis' confidence in the school system and I don't understand why he praises it in his TV ads. JOHN GONZALEZ North Hills
June 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named an aide to former public school chief executive Paul Vallas to replace him as head of the nation's third-largest school system. Arne Duncan, 36, will preside over a school system with 435,000 students, 45,900 employees and a $3.5-billion annual budget. Vallas resigned June 7 after six years as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan became the deputy chief of staff in 1999 after working since 1998 as director of magnet schools for the city's board of
November 15, 1993 | Associated Press
Gov. Jim Edgar signed a financial rescue plan for Chicago public schools late Sunday night, letting the nation's third-largest school system continue operating. The governor's signature ended almost three months of legislative wrangling over how to help the school system balance its budget. Edgar said the plan "will assure the 411,000 children are in classrooms, where they belong, without a state bailout."
November 25, 2012
By now, it should be apparent that charter schools have been the spark to the education reform flame in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At first, applicants hoping to open publicly funded but independently operated charter schools had to fight for every new campus, opposed by school board members who were strong union allies. But as charters showed remarkable progress with disadvantaged and minority students who had been failing in regular public schools, appreciation for them increased.
July 12, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials are fighting a court order, which took effect Wednesday, that would set aside more classroom seats for charter schools - even if that means traditional schools will lose space for parent centers, computer labs, academic intervention and other services. Under state law, school districts must offer space to charters that is "reasonably equivalent" to that provided for students in traditional schools. Charters are independently run and are exempt from union contracts and many rules that apply to regular campuses.
September 16, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Myriam Ortiz, who entered the country illegally with her parents 19 years ago, finally has a chance to get a job, thanks to recent changes in federal policy. That prospect sent her to the Los Angeles Unified School District for the necessary documents - along with thousands of others, creating a backlog and new challenges for the nation's second-largest school system. Ortiz is among an estimated 200,000 current and former students who are potentially eligible for the "deferred action" program of the Obama administration.
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