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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to help officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District solve the district's growing overcrowding problems. The council agreed Tuesday to set up a joint committee with the district after hearing Board of Education President Jackie Goldberg call for an end to the "historic separation between our decision-making."
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OPINION
April 14, 2005
Re "Plans Target Troubled L.A. Schools," April 11: Not addressed in the plans by Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer to overhaul ailing schools is the severe overcrowding. As it has been explained to me, even when my school reverts to a single-track system in the next few years, we will still have as many students on campus as we do at any one time now. Teachers will still have to travel. Students will still stand in long lines for lunch and to use the restrooms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Anaheim City School District on Monday sued the city of Anaheim and the Walt Disney Co. over the proposed Disneyland Resort, but city and district officials said later in the day that they were close to an out-of-court settlement. The suit, which was filed in Orange County Superior Court, contends that the resort would create further overcrowding in schools and drain already limited district resources. "We believe we are close to resolving this issue," said District Supt.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
Re "2 Girls Killed When Car Jumps Curb at O.C. School," March 13: In all the letters and articles that I've seen since the tragic death of two schoolgirls at Centralia Elementary School, there's been no mention of school populations. Most Anaheim elementary schools were built to hold 650 students, yet more than double that number now attend at each site. For many years, "Notice of Severe Overcrowding" signs were posted in school offices because Anaheim didn't build a new school in over 30 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major policy reversal that could have statewide repercussions, the Los Angeles County counsel has told the county supervisors that they do not have to consider potential school overcrowding in reviewing requests to build housing developments. Just four months ago, County Counsel De Witt W. Clinton said the opposite, telling the supervisors that they could reject zone changes for developments that threatened to overwhelm school districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley parents seeking to break away from the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District said Tuesday they will continue their efforts despite an announcement that their most important legislative ally is retiring. The disclosure by Assemblywoman Marian W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
Enrollment in the already overcrowded Anaheim City School District continues to grow rapidly, but it will be at least six years before the state will be able to pay for new schools to house the overflow, according to a new district report. The report said enrollment in the 14,900-student district has increased by an average of 759 students each year for the past three years. The trend is expected to continue through at least 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1991 | ZION BANKS
Raising fears among some parents that a private preschool might be closed, the Newport Mesa Unified School District is considering a plan to ease classroom overcrowding in a portion of the district. The proposal calls for Kaiser Primary Elementary School to teach kindergarten through second grade in the 1992-93 school year. The school now has kindergarten and first-grade students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1997 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the majority of Orange County's students started summer vacation this week, Thomas Jefferson fourth-grader Aracely Sigala headed back to the classroom Tuesday--along with thousands of other students attending year-round schools. "I keep telling myself school is fun," the giggly 9-year-old Anaheim girl said, adding that it can be hard to focus on school while her friends are hitting the beaches or Disneyland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Principal Linda Cordero of Grandview School in La Puente knows when too many boys on her campus are using the bathrooms--because the girls cannot flush at the same time. The culprit: Inadequate plumbing at the 40-year-old campus. Now Cordero and school officials in seven districts throughout Los Angeles County are hoping voters will solve such problems by approving bond issues Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials pledged Wednesday to end decades of forced busing by 2006 through a massive school construction program that calls for 85 new campuses in the district's most crowded neighborhoods. More than 16,000 students now ride buses because their neighborhood campuses are full. The $1.8-billion construction program is meant not only to end busing, but to provide seats for an expanding enrollment that is expected to peak in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles school construction program got a boost Wednesday when the state agency that distributes funds set aside $450 million for California's most overcrowded school districts. The money, about a third of the remaining construction funds from the 1998 state school bond, will not be available until June 2002, about the time that L.A. Unified officials expect to submit applications for several high school projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Southern California, students skip meals and delay going to the restroom because the lines are longer than the lunch period. Rushing to get to class on time, mobs of students fight their way through narrow doors and cramped hallways, often enduring shoves, bruising, dirty looks and loud obscenities from frustrated peers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | Associated Press
More than one-fifth of the nation's schools have more students than they were built to serve, the Education Department says in a report suggesting that crowding and crumbling buildings go hand in hand. In 1999, the study said, 17,400 U.S. schoolhouses, or 22%, were at least 6% over capacity--the department's definition of overcrowding--and 8% of all schools, 6,200 buildings, were severely overcrowded. That was defined as enrolling 25% more children than the building was constructed to hold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Principal Linda Cordero of Grandview School in La Puente knows when too many boys on her campus are using the bathrooms--because the girls cannot flush at the same time. The culprit: Inadequate plumbing at the 40-year-old campus. Now Cordero and school officials in seven districts throughout Los Angeles County are hoping voters will solve such problems by approving bond issues Tuesday.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | RICHARD T. COOPER and RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students who attended small classes in their first few years of school performed significantly better through high school than students who began in larger classes, according to fresh data released Thursday from a landmark study of public school students in Tennessee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles school construction program got a boost Wednesday when the state agency that distributes funds set aside $450 million for California's most overcrowded school districts. The money, about a third of the remaining construction funds from the 1998 state school bond, will not be available until June 2002, about the time that L.A. Unified officials expect to submit applications for several high school projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER and JOHN POPE
Beginning with the 1998-99 school year, Bryant Ranch Elementary School graduates will go to Travis Ranch School rather than Bernardo Yorba Middle School, and Bryant Ranch's sixth grade will move to Travis Ranch. That change was approved by officials of Placentia-Yorba Linda School District after several weeks of debate as a way to ease overcrowding. Trustees also voted to move Rio Vista Elementary School's sixth grade to Kraemer Middle School beginning this fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1998 | JACK LEONARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A classroom crunch in Long Beach has forced teachers and students to meet not only in portable facilities but also in libraries, auditoriums and--in at least one case--an open-air courtyard. The crunch comes in the wake of a surge in student enrollment seen across Los Angeles County just as school districts begin class size reductions in the third grade. Most districts, however, were able to absorb the enrollment growth with few problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The architect's rendering shows Running Springs Elementary as a modern complex ready to hold the hundreds of children pouring into new developments in Anaheim Hills. There's just one problem: If the school were built tomorrow, it already would be overcrowded. Orange Unified School District trustees will discuss the issue at their meeting Thursday, although they are expected to postpone any action until after a workshop on the issue April 30.
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