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August 27, 1994 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It sounds like a dopey Hollywood pitch designed to capitalize on someone else's success--"Die Hard on a Bus," "Rain Man Meets Zelig"--or a quip calculated to get laughs at a cocktail party. But Steve Barr isn't joking when he says he aspires to be "the progressive, urban version of Rush Limbaugh." "Look how good the right is at this," said Barr, 35, who co-founded "Rock the Vote" and has worked on several campaigns for Democratic politicians, including Jerry Brown and President Clinton.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2009 | By Howard Blume
Local charter school founder Steve Barr, a national figure in school reform, has repaid his organization more than $50,000 after an internal review determined that expenses he had charged were undocumented or unjustified. FOR THE RECORD: Green Dot: An article in Wednesday's Section A about Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr repaying his charter school organization more than $50,000 in expenses said the issue had surfaced in a post by education blogger Alexander Russo.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2009 | By Howard Blume
Local charter school founder Steve Barr, a national figure in school reform, has repaid his organization more than $50,000 after an internal review determined that expenses he had charged were undocumented or unjustified. FOR THE RECORD: Green Dot: An article in Wednesday's Section A about Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr repaying his charter school organization more than $50,000 in expenses said the issue had surfaced in a post by education blogger Alexander Russo.
OPINION
June 27, 2009
Re "Subtle signs of a turnaround on a troubled L.A. campus," June 24 Thank you for this article. I am 26 years old, and I get concerned about the future of my kids living in Los Angeles County. This article shows me that even in the hard times the country is going through, the "ghetto" hasn't been forgotten. These teachers should be honored and commended for the work and time they dedicate to these students. The students and parents deserve recognition as well for the turnaround and the improvement they have shown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Less than six months after opening Animo Leadership High School for Lennox students, political activist Steve Barr has set his sights on starting a second charter school for the neighboring city of Inglewood. It was an easy sell for Barr, with support from Loyola Marymount University, to open Animo for the tightknit, unincorporated Los Angeles County community of Lennox last summer.
BOOKS
January 17, 1993
What Medved doesn't seem to understand is that Hollywood for good or ill is America and we don't need some self-appointed moralist to tell us how to think or what to see. I do believe that movies by and large have gotten worse over the last 12 years, but that's probably more because of the anything-for-a-buck ethic of the Reagan-Bush years than anything else. STEVE BARR CULVER CITY
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2008
IN your Sunday Primetime TV listings [Jan. 6], "The Good Shepherd" was given two stars. Does that mean that the film that was given the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Artistic Contribution, named one of the best screenplays of the year by the National Society of Film Critics and was given 3 1/2 stars in Leonard Maltin's movie guide is only as good as "Reno 911: Miami" and "Phat Girlz" (two stars, according to the L.A. Times) and not as good as "Space Cowboys" and "Flatliners" (three stars)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2003
As I was watching what Kevin Baker called a "flawed" film in his story on "Gangs of New York" and the immigrant experience ("An Immigrant Tale That Scratches Off History's Veneer," Dec. 29), my mind flashed back 22 years to a much better film about the immigrant experience, class war, robber barons and political corruption: Michael Cimino's much-maligned "Heaven's Gate." Baker says that one of "Gang's" triumphs is that "it rips away the veil of our own conventional history and replaces it with the brawling, bleeding, yearning America that was really our national past."
MAGAZINE
August 25, 1991
Regarding your story on Manuel Noriega and his links with the CIA, the DEA and the Reagan and Bush administrations: When I contemplate the legacy of corruption, criminality and deceit that our so-called leaders will have left us with, I am reminded of a quote from "The Godfather III": "The higher up you go the crookeder it gets." And they wonder why no one in this country bothers to vote anymore. I can only hope that when Noriega goes on trial he does what he has promised to do and takes all the people involved with him over the years down to the everlasting disgrace they all so richly deserve.
OPINION
June 27, 2009
Re "Subtle signs of a turnaround on a troubled L.A. campus," June 24 Thank you for this article. I am 26 years old, and I get concerned about the future of my kids living in Los Angeles County. This article shows me that even in the hard times the country is going through, the "ghetto" hasn't been forgotten. These teachers should be honored and commended for the work and time they dedicate to these students. The students and parents deserve recognition as well for the turnaround and the improvement they have shown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2009 | Howard Blume
Risk-taking charter school operator Steve Barr is launching an effort through which parents would wrest political control of the L.A. school system from unions, school bureaucrats and other entrenched interests. The plan is for parents to form chapters all over town and improve schools, one by one, using the growing leverage of the charter school movement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2008
IN your Sunday Primetime TV listings [Jan. 6], "The Good Shepherd" was given two stars. Does that mean that the film that was given the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Artistic Contribution, named one of the best screenplays of the year by the National Society of Film Critics and was given 3 1/2 stars in Leonard Maltin's movie guide is only as good as "Reno 911: Miami" and "Phat Girlz" (two stars, according to the L.A. Times) and not as good as "Space Cowboys" and "Flatliners" (three stars)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2007 | Bob Sipchen
Education agitator Steve Barr's many detractors will tell you that he's a megalomaniacal publicity hound. So why don't I feel dirty standing beside him, dutifully taking notes as he rhapsodizes about a sheet-metal warehouse in Watts? The building is as ugly as the pit bull pacing behind the rusted chain-link fence that protects it, but Barr sees only potential beauty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2007 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
STEVE Barr may not be a household name, but he is doing more these days to shake up public education in Los Angeles than anyone but Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Barr is pushy, ambitious and determined to draw attention to his 10 charter high schools, publicly financed campuses that, in exchange for boosting student achievement, are given broad freedom to design their curriculum and to avoid many other restrictions set by school districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2005 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
Debate over how to fix struggling Jefferson High School escalated Thursday after a charter operator's call for a takeover of the South Los Angeles school sparked organizing by teachers and anxious district officials. Drawing parents, students and community leaders to the first news conference of the day, charter schools operator Steve Barr and the Small Schools Alliance he founded launched a campaign to build support for their plans to restructure the 3,000-student school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2005 | Jean Merl and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
A successful Los Angeles charter schools operator is moving to take over troubled Jefferson High School and convert it into several smaller campuses with higher-paid teachers and a more rigorous educational program. The proposal by Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, would offer an aggressive alternative to improving the city's struggling high schools and could threaten the school district's centralized power structure and the teachers union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overruling the local school district, the state Board of Education on Wednesday approved a proposal by an education activist to start an academically rigorous charter high school in Inglewood. The state board's 9-1 vote gave the green light to Steve Barr and his Green Dot Public Schools, founder of a pioneering high school that serves nearby Lennox. Barr wanted to repeat that success in Inglewood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2005 | Jean Merl and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
A successful Los Angeles charter schools operator is moving to take over troubled Jefferson High School and convert it into several smaller campuses with higher-paid teachers and a more rigorous educational program. The proposal by Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, would offer an aggressive alternative to improving the city's struggling high schools and could threaten the school district's centralized power structure and the teachers union.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2003
As I was watching what Kevin Baker called a "flawed" film in his story on "Gangs of New York" and the immigrant experience ("An Immigrant Tale That Scratches Off History's Veneer," Dec. 29), my mind flashed back 22 years to a much better film about the immigrant experience, class war, robber barons and political corruption: Michael Cimino's much-maligned "Heaven's Gate." Baker says that one of "Gang's" triumphs is that "it rips away the veil of our own conventional history and replaces it with the brawling, bleeding, yearning America that was really our national past."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overruling the local school district, the state Board of Education on Wednesday approved a proposal by an education activist to start an academically rigorous charter high school in Inglewood. The state board's 9-1 vote gave the green light to Steve Barr and his Green Dot Public Schools, founder of a pioneering high school that serves nearby Lennox. Barr wanted to repeat that success in Inglewood.
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