As he investigates Trump's aides, special counsel's record shows surprising flaws

Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:

  • The probe into audit interference, ordered by UC regents, concluded that UC President Janet Napolitano approved a plan that led to the interference.
  • UC regents, meeting in San Francisco, chastised Napolitano for her role in the interference. Napolitano responded by saying she should have shown better judgment. 
  • On Wednesday, they heard about ways to make a UC education more affordable.
Betsy DeVos K-12

Dianne Feinstein presses DeVos on LGBT students

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Last week, the Trump administration announced it would roll back President Obama's protections for transgender students, which let them use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

The administration's stated reasoning was that these questions are best handled locally.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to DeVos Tuesday asking that she commit to issuing new guidelines for protecting LGBT students .

"I have significant concerns about making it the sole responsibility of states and local school districts to protect LGBT students," Feinstein wrote. She asked that new guidance include ways to help LGBT students feel safer in school and maintain their privacy.

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