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March 12, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
When Tyra Newell got a call asking her to lead a training program for principals in New Orleans as part of an effort to overhaul the city's troubled public schools, the 31-year-old native had been away from the city for 14 years, most recently in Chicago, where she was the public school system's budget director. The opportunity to return, she said, "was like a dream come true. I knew this was a tangible way to give back to the city that had given so much to me."
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
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.
June 9, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Many in Inglewood thought the city's struggling school district had been handed a lifeline last year when the state Department of Education took the reins, hiring new leaders and infusing the school system with $55 million in emergency loans to get it back on track. But in the nine months since the state takeover, the district's slide has gotten worse. Inglewood Unified has depleted its reserves, burned through nearly half of the emergency funds in one year and is operating at a $17.7-million deficit that calls for deep cuts.
December 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of employees of the public school system here will be getting pink slips for Christmas. As many as 545 teachers and 226 administrative and support personnel are losing their jobs, Louis J. Erste, chief operating officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools, said Tuesday. "The timeline does unfortunately coincide with the end of December," Erste said. Union rules require 30 days' notice, so letters must go out by Dec. 29 for the cuts to take effect when the semester ends Jan. 29.
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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