CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000 |
Concluding a tortuous yearlong search, Los Angeles community college leaders announced Wednesday that they have hired a former leader of a Texas college as president of Mission College, the district's smallest and most-crowded campus. Adriana Barrera, 49, former president of El Paso Community College, topped a field of 35 applicants and four finalists. She will begin work July 1, drawing an annual salary of $121,000.
July 6, 1999 |
Texas schools have long been known for producing powerhouse prep football teams. But in the past few years the state has received national attention for its academic prowess, most notably for narrowing the persistent gap in test scores between white and minority students. The gains have been attributed to a pioneering accountability and testing system in which schools are labeled exemplary to low-performing based on test scores and attendance rates.
October 5, 1998 |
On the road to a landslide reelection victory next month, Texas Gov. George W. Bush leaves no doubt where he would turn first in a second term: "Public education," he says crisply, "is my No. 1 priority." The most important word in that sentence is "public." It's the key to a telling fault line between state and federal Republicans--and a central question looming over a potential Bush presidential campaign in 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1998 |
Three Los Angeles Board of Education members traveled across Texas recently to gather impressions of the statewide school reform program considered among the nation's most effective. The first lesson they learned was one of humility, according to board member Jeff Horton. "In Los Angeles we're so arrogant about ourselves, we think if it didn't happen here first it can't be worth much," Horton said.
May 19, 1998 |
Gathered together in their Sacramento office not long ago, the top three California education officials who track school performance were asked this question: Are students doing better or worse these days? Their answer: a collective shrug. "That's not our responsibility," one said. The problem is, it's no one's responsibility. California spends $36 billion--more than the entire budgets of many states--on education.
August 18, 1994 |
Gov. Ann Richards, who ridiculed George Bush six years ago, has insulted his son as "some jerk who's running for public office." Richards' spokesman, Chuck McDonald, said she was angry about a contention by George W. Bush, her Republican rival this year, that student achievement scores and school-rating systems were juggled in an election-year effort to make Texas education look better. The governor believes that the progress is because of hard work by children and teachers, McDonald said.