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From left, Myrna Saint-Juste and her children, Marcus Millen and Mikaili Millen.
From left, Myrna Saint-Juste and her children, Marcus Millen and Mikaili Millen. (Myrna Saint-Juste)

Myrna Saint-Juste, of Orlando, Fla., voted for Hillary Clinton for president and disapproves of almost everything about President Trump, except his goal of making private and parochial schools more affordable.

Saint-Juste, a single mother, saved, scrimped and worked longer hours as an optician so she could afford the $500 a month to send her two children to St. Andrew Catholic School.

Trump is planning to visit St. Andrew on Friday, which has caused a small political divide. Sainte-Juste and her son, Marcus Millen, who graduated from the school, both were asked to speak to the president. Sainte-Juste said no, but Marcus, who is 16, said yes. 

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A rendering of the science and innovation building. (Courtesy of HGA Architects and Engineers)

The Toyota USA Foundation is giving Cal State Dominguez Hills $4 million to build a science center focused on preparing students for careers in technology, engineering and math.

The 87,000-square-foot Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education will include a fabrication lab, high-tech classrooms, collaborative workspaces and labs for K-12 teacher training, according to a joint announcement this week. Groundbreaking is scheduled for next fall.

More than 1.4 million new STEM-related jobs could go unfilled by 2018, according to U.S. Department of Labor estimates. Filling this gap, officials said, has been a priority for both the public university and the business world.   

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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

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A raft of recent studies about school vouchers couldn’t have come at a worse time for new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

That's because the studies report devastatingly bad results for students in those voucher programs. And they've been flowing into public forums just as DeVos, a leading advocate of school vouchers, takes charge of federal education policy. DeVos's patron, President Trump, proposed during his campaign to shovel $20 billion to the states to support magnet and charter schools in voucher programs.

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UC Riverside ranks among the nation's best universities in promoting African American student success, a new study has found. 

The University of California campus of 23,000 students was singled out as one of the top 18 universities for African Americans among 676 public and private nonprofit institutions examined in the study by the Education Trust, a Washington-based education policy organization.

The Inland Empire campus — the only California institution among the top performers — had relatively high African American graduation rates, no achievement gap between blacks and whites, and far better results than comparable universities, the study found.

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President Trump announced steps toward creating a national school voucher program during his speech to Congress on  Tuesday night. 

"I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children," Trump said. "These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them."

Trump didn't provide details, but experts have said that the most likely way to do this at a national level would be through a tax credit program. 

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A protest over handling of sexual harrassment at UCLA. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

The San Jose Mercury News requested the University of California's records on employee sexual misconduct. Records covering more than three years were released by the 10 campuses today.

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