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February 12, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although construction of a new primary center at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center officially began Friday, neighbors said things have improved already. To build the new school, Vaughn purchased 10 lots of land, including a house on Vaughn Street that was a hangout for gang members and drug dealers. "Things are a little more peaceful," said Ines Arreola, 25, whose two daughters attend Vaughn. The neighborhood can still be rough, though.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although construction of a new primary center at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center officially began Friday, neighbors said things have improved already. To build the new school, Vaughn purchased 10 lots of land, including a house on Vaughn Street that was a hangout for gang members and drug dealers. "Things are a little more peaceful," said Ines Arreola, 25, whose two daughters attend Vaughn. The neighborhood can still be rough, though.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
A delegation of 26 Chinese school principals and government education officials toured the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center on Tuesday to gain a perspective on the American educational system and gather ideas to improve Chinese schools. Many in the group are visiting the United States for the first time. The tour was coordinated through the China Institute at CSUN, with special permission of the Chinese government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
The Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a Los Angeles city elementary school, has offered $100,000 and use of school facilities in hopes of securing an on-campus medical clinic to serve uninsured northeast San Fernando Valley residents. County officials said they are interested in teaming up the school with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to establish a clinic, but noted that the idea is at an early stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
The Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a Los Angeles city elementary school, has offered $100,000 and use of school facilities in hopes of securing an on-campus medical clinic to serve uninsured northeast San Fernando Valley residents. County officials said they are interested in teaming up the school with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to establish a clinic, but noted that the idea is at an early stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
In a move that she said would help the area's brightest students qualify for top universities, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center Principal Yvonne Chan has proposed transforming the pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade charter school into a 12-grade college preparatory campus. The expansion, which would require the approval of the Los Angeles Board of Education as well as the school's parents, teachers and staff, could go into effect as early as next year, Chan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Intrigued by news that the San Fernando Valley's first charter school will end the year with a projected $1.2-million surplus, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday they will send two auditors to the Pacoima school to see just how the feat was accomplished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Continuing its evolution from a school-based parents' group to a communitywide social service agency, the Pacoima Urban Village will hold an open house Friday to celebrate its move from campus to a Van Nuys apartment complex. Named for the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," the Pacoima Urban Village is an extension of the Family Center at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a L.A. Unified School District charter school in Pacoima.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Flaunting its financial success after just one year of independence from the massive Los Angeles Unified School District, the Valley's first charter school is moving forward with ambitious expansion plans, hoping to begin construction on a 12-classroom addition as early as January. Expanding classroom space to accommodate the school's 1,170 students has been a top priority for the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center since the school took charge of its finances last year.
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August 26, 1995 | ED BOND
Yvonne Chan thought they could, thought they could, thought they could. And on Friday morning, the principal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and 1,100 students celebrated the opening of 14 new classrooms--a project Chan compared to the story of "The Little Engine That Could."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vaughn Next Century Learning Center has offered $100,000 and school facilities in hopes of securing an on-campus medical clinic to serve uninsured northeast Valley residents, school and county officials said Wednesday. County officials, including Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, said they are interested in teaming the school with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to establish a clinic, but cautioned the idea was still at an early stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
A delegation of 26 Chinese school principals and government education officials toured the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center on Tuesday to gain a perspective on the American educational system and gather ideas to improve Chinese schools. Many in the group are visiting the United States for the first time. The tour was coordinated through the China Institute at CSUN, with special permission of the Chinese government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vaughn Next Century Learning Center and three other charter schools won official votes of confidence Monday as the Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously endorsed new five-year mandates for the campuses. Teachers, parents and other supporters had packed the board's hearing room downtown, hoping they would be rewarded for plunging into the waters of school reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four independently run charter schools won official votes of confidence Monday as the Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously endorsed new five-year mandates for the campuses. Teachers, parents and other supporters had packed the board's hearing room downtown, hoping that they would be rewarded for plunging into the waters of school reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center seeks to renew its charter school status, it is enjoying some encouraging news: An independent evaluation due out this week praises the campus for raising test scores, keeping attendance high and empowering teachers during its initial five years. The study of Vaughn is included in a broad review of Los Angeles Unified School District charter campuses that is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The principal of the Los Angeles Unified School District's most celebrated charter school said Monday that its employees will earn merit pay for meeting performance goals such as better attendance and test scores. Seeking renewal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center's five-year charter, Principal Yvonne Chan said she will also add a gym to the amenities that the staff has received as a result of the school's independent financial status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The principal of the Los Angeles Unified School District's most celebrated charter school said Monday that its employees will earn merit pay for meeting performance goals such as better attendance and test scores. Seeking renewal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center's five-year charter, Principal Yvonne Chan said she will also add a gym to the amenities that the staff has received as a result of the school's independent financial status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1997 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have completed their investigation of alleged cheating at a nationally acclaimed charter school but said Wednesday their inquiry failed to produce any definitive conclusions. More erasures appeared on the tests taken by first-graders at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center than on the tests taken by their counterparts at a nearby charter school, but what prompted the changes could not be determined, officials said.
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June 1, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its computer-filled classrooms, extended school year and fat budget, the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center has become a national symbol for what charter schools can accomplish. Innovative and trend-setting are among the words that visitors, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, have used to describe the Pacoima elementary school, where trees are pruned, classrooms are colorful and parent-volunteers seem to be everywhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Teachers at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center and two other independent charter schools who had faced an imminent deadline for deciding whether to quit have won a reprieve on two fronts. The Los Angeles teachers' union has endorsed a one-year extension and five-year leave of absence that enables the teachers to continue to accrue Los Angeles Unified School District seniority and maintain retirement benefits while working at the experimental schools.
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