Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is withdrawing the Obama administration's policy on investigating campus sexual assault. The new policy doesn't have a timeline for investigations, and allows for informal resolutions.
- The Times obtained data from Los Angeles Unified School District about the high schools that send the highest percentage of their graduates to college. Principals from those schools told us how they do it.
In and around Los Angeles:
- UC San Diego landed the Dalai Lama for its commencement speech, but some Chinese students are protesting.
- Some are questioning the California State University system's reliance on placement exams to determine who needs remediation.
- California legislators proposed putting a $2-billion bond to upgrade UC and Cal State campuses on the 2018 ballot.
- Under Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget, teachers would have to job shadow at local businesses to renew their licenses.
- Ferguson, Mo., residents are chiding officials for using a Humvee to educate students about drugs.
- On Wednesday, Betsy DeVos said the people who blocked her entrance to a public school were opposed to new ideas. On Thursday, she called them "passionate."