• Betsy DeVos
  • K-12

Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway this week told CNN's Jake Tapper that the president is sticking to his guns on a campaign promise to repeal the Common Core.

"He wants to repeal the Common Core," she said in the wake of Betsy DeVos' confirmation. "He doesn't think that federal standards are better than local and state control."

There's just one hitch: He can't do that.

(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to staffers.
New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to staffers. (Shawn Thew / European Pressphoto Agency)

Barbara J. Miner is a Milwaukee-based writer who says she has covered that city's school voucher program for more than a quarter of a century.

In today's Los Angeles Times, she pens an op-ed with the headline: "If you care about our public schools and our democracy, beware of Betsy DeVos and her vouchers."

"Betsy DeVos, now confirmed as secretary of Education, is not just another inexperienced member of the president’s Cabinet," Miner writes. "She is an ideologue with a singular educational passion — replacing our system of democratically controlled public schools with a universal voucher program that privileges private and religious ones."

  • K-12
  • Charter Schools
L.A. school board member Steve Zimmer
L.A. school board member Steve Zimmer (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Charter schools were a big topic this week at a campaign forum for candidates running for District 4 of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Two-term incumbent Steve Zimmer, L.A. school board president, faces challengers Allison Holdorff Polhill, Nick Melvoin and Gregory Martayan.

They squared off Monday at Loyola Marymount University.

Here are some of their comments on charter schools: 

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
Michele Coyle
Michele Coyle (Miller Barondess LLP)

A Riverside Superior Court jury has awarded a former UC Riverside counsel $2.5 million, finding that university officials violated state law when they fired her in retaliation for reporting allegations of sex discrimination against women.

Michele Coyle, who served as chief campus counsel from 2006 to 2012, alleged that she and other women were subjected to "rampant gender discrimination" by Dallas M. Rabenstein, who became UC Riverside executive vice chancellor in 2010. 

In a civil complaint filed in March 2015, Coyle alleged that Rabenstein favored men for promotions and salary increases, intentionally misreported data on gender-based salary differences for a federal audit, refused to accommodate women with young children, called some women "biddies" and labeled others who asked for raises as "overly aggressive."