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Charter school leader Vielka McFarlane brings personal history, passion to education

May 29, 2011 6:05:48 PM- latimes.com
Vielka McFarlane, after winning a fight with Los Angeles County schools officials over California's 'parent trigger' law, plans to open a new charter school in Compton.

Three decades after leaving her native Panama, Vielka McFarlane hasn't forgotten how a first-class education can transform a poor kid with a hard-knocks life.

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