August 12, 2013 |
Fewer parents are vaccinating their children, but still sending them off to school, warns physician and professor Nina Shapiro in our Opinion pages. In it, she argues for " unvaccinated-free zones " to protect all children from disease. “The law in California mandates that students in public and private schools be immunized, but it also allows easy-to-get exemptions for personal beliefs,” Shapiro writes. She continues: Although some 90% of the state's kindergartners are up to date on their immunizations, it is not uncommon for individual public elementary schools to report that more than one-third of their kindergartners are not. And if you're thinking this must be a problem unique to schools in low-income neighborhoods, think again.
April 22, 2000 |
About This Saturday Journal A year after the Columbine school massacre, Americans still wonder how and why such tragedies occur. Seeking answers, The Times examines the lives of the Rouses, whose son committed one of the first school shootings -- a 1995 attack in Lynnville, Tenn. * About This Story This story is drawn from interviews over the past 18 months and from court documents and other records. The interviews include 30 hours of discussions with Jamie Rouse over two weeks in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 |
The watchdog committee for the Los Angeles school district's $1-billion iPad program is scheduled to fold, raising questions about oversight of the ongoing effort to provide every student, teacher and administrator with a computer. The decision to disband the panel as of April was announced last week by Board of Education President Richard Vladovic. "I think there needs to be a conclusion of some sort," he said in an interview. He also insisted that all necessary oversight would continue.
October 23, 2013 |
Segregating young children for whom English is a new language according to their fluency levels produces the best academic results, according to most research. So the Los Angeles Unified School District has little choice in the matter. As a result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education, which had accused the district of doing poorly by its English learners, the district was required to submit an evidence-based plan for improvement, and that plan calls for sorting the students by English skills.
January 16, 2014 |
Proposition 98, which was approved by the voters in 1988 to ensure that California's schools were adequately funded, has not served the state or public education well. By requiring a set percentage of state revenue to go to public schools, it has inhibited the Legislature's ability to make sound budgeting decisions, and it has not saved schools during the worst budget years, when there are exemptions to the funding guarantee. The result has been that when the state is flush, schools embark on expensive and permanent new programs - higher teacher wages and retirement benefits, for example, or after-school activities - that become unaffordable during downturns.
May 31, 2012
Re "A lifeline for L.A. schools?," Column, May 26 After reading Sandy Banks' column, I decided to do a little fact checking for elementary through secondary school funding. I went to the most recent U.S. Census report, which has data from 2009. Here is what I found: California spends about $61 billion a year, the most of any state. Per-pupil spending is $9,657; the U.S. average is $10,499. California is ranked 30th of the 50 states in per-student spending.