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  • Gov. Jerry Brown proposed the creation of California’s first public fully online community college.
  • L.A. Unified officials announced Supt. Michelle King will retire after an extended medical leave.
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Baby boxes, disruptive parents, later school start times: What's new in education today

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In and around Los Angeles:

  • The L.A. Unified school board yesterday discussed a way to soothe conflicts between schools and parents.
  • The Department of Public Health is investigating the death of an 18-year-old Santa Monica High School senior.
  • Our editorial board endorsed these candidates for the Los Angeles Community College District.

In California:

  • State Sen. Anthony Portantino wants California's schools to start later in the day.
  • There's a sinkhole in a San Diego school parking lot.
  • Tustin Unified is inviting President Trump for a visit, so he can learn about the good things happening in public schools.
  • More California millennials are showing up in emergency rooms because of heroin use.


  • Trump, DeVos and Spicer talked about school choice with parents and teachers, but never used the V-word.
  • Yale University will rename Calhoun College, a residential college named after John C. Calhoun.
  • The future of My Brother's Keeper.
  • New Jersey is adopting a program to reduce infant mortality by giving out baby boxes.

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