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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
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."
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
August 4, 1997 | SCOTT YAGEMANN, Scott Yagemann is the screenwriter of "187." He taught for seven years in the San Fernando Valley
In Kenneth Turan's review of "187" (Calendar, July 30), he says the most disheartening line in the film is the final disclaimer, which states, "a teacher wrote this movie." I, for one, have to disagree, because I was that teacher. I wrote the screenplay for "187" two years ago out of desperation. When Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson) enters a classroom and finds that all the textbooks have been thrown out the windows, that's not fiction. It actually happened to me.
June 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at Frances Blend Elementary on the last day of school. Boxes of pastries were picked over by teachers and staff as they smiled and wished each other a good summer vacation. Aides and office personnel gave out hugs and accepted gifts from students. But the Larchmont school, as they know it, will be different come fall. The beloved special school for the blind will join with neighboring Van Ness Elementary to create what's called "an integrated learning community," Los Angeles Unified School District officials said.
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.
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.
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