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April 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two men wounded in a neighborhood gun battle stumbled onto the grounds of an elementary school Thursday, heightening parents' fears about school security. "One collapsed at the door, the other got inside the school. That's what scared a lot of people," said District of Columbia Emergency Management Director Sam Jordan. The pair were among four men wounded in a gun battle about a block from J.O. Wilson Elementary School. "The shooting had nothing to do with the school," said Police Cmdr.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When Michelle Rhee wants to make a point about what she sees as the coddling of American children, she refers to her daughters' abundant soccer trophies. "My daughters suck at soccer," she says to crowds that roar with knowing laughter. The former District of Columbia schools chancellor is pitch perfect in the role of outraged parent and education reformer, distilling complex policy debates into bare-knuckled banter. In Rhee's world, as she recently told crowds in Los Angeles and Sacramento, teacher seniority protections are "whack," principals can be "nutty" and charter schools can be "crappy.
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NEWS
June 1, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The embattled school superintendent who revoked a speaking invitation to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reportedly said the invitation will be extended again only if the school board insists. Supt. Jerome Clark of the Prince George's County school system, who on Thursday said that Thomas would be reinvited, released a statement Friday saying he stood by his decision to cancel the invitation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group. California received an overall grade of F, ranking 41st nationally, from StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based group run by Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., whose outspoken views have polarized those who share her focus on improving the nation's schools.
NEWS
December 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The school board in the nation's capital fired Supt. Andrew Jenkins, citing his handling of the troubled school system. The board voted to place Jenkins on 30 days administrative leave with pay and terminate his contract on Dec. 30. Vice Supt. William Brown was named acting superintendent. The superintendent narrowly escaped firing in July, when the board decided to keep him on until his contract expired at the end of this school year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group. California received an overall grade of F, ranking 41st nationally, from StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based group run by Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., whose outspoken views have polarized those who share her focus on improving the nation's schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When Michelle Rhee wants to make a point about what she sees as the coddling of American children, she refers to her daughters' abundant soccer trophies. "My daughters suck at soccer," she says to crowds that roar with knowing laughter. The former District of Columbia schools chancellor is pitch perfect in the role of outraged parent and education reformer, distilling complex policy debates into bare-knuckled banter. In Rhee's world, as she recently told crowds in Los Angeles and Sacramento, teacher seniority protections are "whack," principals can be "nutty" and charter schools can be "crappy.
NEWS
January 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
NEWS
August 13, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
Some kids get to go to tennis camp. Some kids get to go to basketball camp. Then there's culture camp. Eight kids recently got to spend a weekend day at a sort of culture camp, anyway, at the Biltmore Hotel. The $150 cost included all the ginger ale and scrambled eggs-with-caviar they could tolerate, which wasn't much at all. Actually, the gathering looked more like a birthday party than anything else. At 10 a.m.
OPINION
February 11, 2012 | Patt Morrison
No one, it seems, is lukewarm about Michelle Rhee; she's a pass-fail figure, inspiring or polarizing. In the name of reforming public schools, the onetime Teach for America teacher, depending on your viewpoint, either trailblazed or bulldozed her way through Washington, D.C.'s school system as its chancellor, closing schools, firing people and raising student scores -- and questions about the tactics. Now she is extending her agenda nationwide with StudentsFirst, which supports culling bad teachers, school choice for parents and tightfisted budgeting - all of which she sums up with the word "accountability.
OPINION
February 11, 2012 | Patt Morrison
No one, it seems, is lukewarm about Michelle Rhee; she's a pass-fail figure, inspiring or polarizing. In the name of reforming public schools, the onetime Teach for America teacher, depending on your viewpoint, either trailblazed or bulldozed her way through Washington, D.C.'s school system as its chancellor, closing schools, firing people and raising student scores -- and questions about the tactics. Now she is extending her agenda nationwide with StudentsFirst, which supports culling bad teachers, school choice for parents and tightfisted budgeting - all of which she sums up with the word "accountability.
NEWS
January 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two men wounded in a neighborhood gun battle stumbled onto the grounds of an elementary school Thursday, heightening parents' fears about school security. "One collapsed at the door, the other got inside the school. That's what scared a lot of people," said District of Columbia Emergency Management Director Sam Jordan. The pair were among four men wounded in a gun battle about a block from J.O. Wilson Elementary School. "The shooting had nothing to do with the school," said Police Cmdr.
NEWS
June 1, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The embattled school superintendent who revoked a speaking invitation to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reportedly said the invitation will be extended again only if the school board insists. Supt. Jerome Clark of the Prince George's County school system, who on Thursday said that Thomas would be reinvited, released a statement Friday saying he stood by his decision to cancel the invitation.
NEWS
December 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The school board in the nation's capital fired Supt. Andrew Jenkins, citing his handling of the troubled school system. The board voted to place Jenkins on 30 days administrative leave with pay and terminate his contract on Dec. 30. Vice Supt. William Brown was named acting superintendent. The superintendent narrowly escaped firing in July, when the board decided to keep him on until his contract expired at the end of this school year.
NEWS
August 13, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
Some kids get to go to tennis camp. Some kids get to go to basketball camp. Then there's culture camp. Eight kids recently got to spend a weekend day at a sort of culture camp, anyway, at the Biltmore Hotel. The $150 cost included all the ginger ale and scrambled eggs-with-caviar they could tolerate, which wasn't much at all. Actually, the gathering looked more like a birthday party than anything else. At 10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998
A delegation from the nation's capital is visiting Long Beach this week to learn what California's third-largest school district is doing right. General Julius Becton, superintendent of Washington, D.C., schools, Sen. Jim Jeffords (R-Vermont) and Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) are exploring ways to improve the problem-plagued Washington schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
Cleveland High School has won a $31,500 federal arts grant, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The "Schools for the New Millennium Grant," given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will support a program by Cleveland High and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that integrates art with the study of American history.
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