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December 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge refused to block the hiring of a company to help run Philadelphia's troubled schools in what would be the nation's biggest experiment in school privatization. Commonwealth Court President Judge Joseph Doyle in Harrisburg denied a request to bar the city's new school reform commission from contracting with Edison Schools Inc., the nation's largest for-profit education company.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The private warning from Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was clear: If Richard Vladovic became president of the Board of Education, Deasy was poised to resign and cause a maelstrom in the nation's second-largest school system. Vladovic became board president regardless last week - elected by colleagues on the seven-member body. It was a testament to political skills honed during decades in the Los Angeles Unified School District. And Deasy, who had made his threat known to civic leaders and district officials, backed down.
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
September 29, 2013
A small Monterey County school district has come up with what it considers a novel approach to paying for classroom technology: voter-approved, short-term bonds. Taxpayers in the Pacific Grove Unified School District will be asked in November to pay for the technology - such as tablets for students and teachers - with a $28-million bond strictly designed for such uses. The money would be spent in intervals over time, such as every three to five years. The idea is to create a funding stream to replace worn or obsolete technology as needed.
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