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The Trump administration revoked federal requirements for public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

The Trump administration is preparing to rescind the Obama administration's protections for transgender students in public schools — but U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos initially opposed the move, the New York Times reports.

Trump, according to the Times, sided with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.

In order for the new regulations to move forward, both the Education and Justice departments needed to sign off.

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Students at Garfield High School.
Students at Garfield High School. (Christina House / For the Times)

I had trouble believing that 18 students, without adult guidance, decided all they wanted to do was attack a single candidate rather than extol the virtues of other candidates. And that one candidate, incumbent Steve Zimmer, is a target of charter school proponents, which is where the million dollars came from, with former Mayor Dick Riordan as sugar daddy.

Political consultant John Shallman told me he pitched the idea of recruiting students to the folks at the California Charter Schools Assn., then assigned one of his staffers to run L.A. Students for Change. Smart move on his part. More than $3 million in independent committee spending alone has been sunk into school board races, and campaign records show that Shallman should have invested in an armored car for all his trips to the bank.

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The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security around the world following test-stealing and other cheating incidents in recent years.

The College Board told the Associated Press it's reducing the number of international testing dates from six per year to four for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. It says the move will reduce opportunities for test content to be stolen.

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The U.S. attorney has decided not to file charges following a lengthy FBI investigation into the bidding process that won Apple a contract to provide an iPad to every student, teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The decision, announced Tuesday, brings to a close an infamous and far-reaching chapter in the history of the nation’s second-largest school system. The iPad project, approved in June 2013, was a flagship effort of then-Supt. John Deasy, who saw the devices as a way to help the district’s low-income families offset advantages enjoyed by more prosperous families and by school systems that served wealthier neighborhoods.

In the end, problems related to the $1.3-billion project contributed to Deasy’s resignation under pressure in October 2014. In December of that year, FBI agents raided district headquarters, carting away 20 boxes of documents. 

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University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday that she has selected Gary May, a Georgia Tech dean and UC Berkeley alumnus, as her choice to become the seventh chancellor of UC Davis.

May, who has long supported promoting minorities in higher education, will replace Linda Katehi, who resigned last year after a UC investigation into her alleged conflicts of interest found she violated multiple university policies and misled her superiors, the public and the media.

In a statement, Napolitano praised May as a “dynamic leader and an accomplished scholar and engineer with a passion for helping others succeed.”The UC Board of Regents will vote on the appointment during a special meeting at UCLA on Feb. 23.

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Outstanding student loan debt continues to increase and reached $1.31 trillion by the end of last year – more than what the nation owes for credit cards, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About 11% of that debt was either in default or 90 or more days delinquent in the fourth quarter of 2016.

President Trump, while on the campaign trail last year, had some ideas on how to tackle this growing problem.

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Outstanding student loan debt continues to increase and reached $1.31 trillion by the end of last year – more than what the nation owes for credit cards, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About 11% of that debt was either in default or 90 or more days delinquent in the fourth quarter of 2016.

President Trump, while on the campaign trail last year, had some ideas on how to tackle this growing problem.

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According to a UCLA diversity report, minorities have gained ground in lead roles in broadcast scripted roles, with shows such as the CW's "Jane the Virgin" boosting numbers,
According to a UCLA diversity report, minorities have gained ground in lead roles in broadcast scripted roles, with shows such as the CW's "Jane the Virgin" boosting numbers, (Patrick Wymore / The CW)

Women and minorities have made modest gains in front of and behind the camera  but remain significantly underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show creators, as writers who sweat out the dialogue — just about every part of the entertainment industry, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by UCLA.

The 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report, set to be released by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, analyzed 168 theatrical films released in 2015 and more than 1,200 television programs released during the 2014-15 season on broadcast, cable, digital and via syndication.