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Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings last week donated $7 million to bolster Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign.
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings last week donated $7 million to bolster Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

In and around Los Angeles:

Answers to questions about the search for a new L.A. schools superintendent — including how power brokers might be influencing the debate.

Indianapolis schools Supt. Lewis Ferebee took himself out of the running for the job.

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Soon after Neal MacDougall arrived on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus Tuesday, the professor noticed university police standing outside a restroom near his office. A racial slur against African Americans had been scrawled in red marker on a stall wall.

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When El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido was secretly recorded telling his students that members of the military were “dumb” and the “lowest of the low,” the public outcry was swift and withering.

Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.
Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. (Danese Kenon / IndyStar)

Lewis Ferebee, the superintendent of Indianapolis public schools, has taken himself out of the running for the job of L.A. schools superintendent.

“After further discussing this endeavor with my family, the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners, and those handling the search process, I have withdrawn my name from consideration,” Ferebee confirmed in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “It was an honor to have been considered for an opportunity of this magnitude.”

Reached by phone, Indianapolis school board president Michael O’Connor said Ferebee told him he was attracted by the opportunity of leading the nation’s second-largest school district, but hadn’t fully discussed the implications of such a move with his wife. 

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Acting LAUSD superintendent Vivian Ekchian is a finalist for the permanent job.
Acting LAUSD superintendent Vivian Ekchian is a finalist for the permanent job. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

The L.A. Unified school board spent 10 hours interviewing and discussing candidates for superintendent. When they adjourned after 10 p.m., they said they would reconvene on Friday.

Who is paying for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s much-touted College Promise, a program that promises two years of community college for LAUSD grads?

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Families of two children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed lawsuits in Texas against controversial radio host Alex Jones for continually claiming the massacre never happened.

The Los Angeles Board of Education adjourned late Tuesday after spending more than 10 hours interviewing candidates and trying to reach a decision on who would be the next leader of the nation’s second-largest school system.

Former investment banker and L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner is a leading candidate to be superintendent of Los Angeles schools.
Former investment banker and L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner is a leading candidate to be superintendent of Los Angeles schools. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Former investment banker and L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner has emerged as a finalist for L.A. Unified superintendent, but his education-focused nonprofit is under scrutiny.

Some LAUSD students wrote the school board an open letter describing what they want in a superintendent.

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Austin Beutner has emerged as a leading contender to run the Los Angeles school district, with backers saying he is smart enough and tough enough to confront its financial and academic struggles.

Delaine Eastin, left, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom listen as former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during a gubernatorial debate.
Delaine Eastin, left, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom listen as former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks during a gubernatorial debate. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

A union representing L.A. Unified’s school workers — including bus drivers, special education assistants and cafeteria workers — voted to authorize a strike.

L.A. is part of a federal pilot program that brings college counselors directly to low-income housing developments.