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UC San Diego
UC San Diego (File photo)

A new study from a group of university professors has found UC San Diego is one of the best schools in the country for providing upward social mobility to diverse students across the state and nation.

Among highly selective public universities, UC San Diego has the highest population of low-income students who, once they earn a degree, have a high probability of thriving in the middle class and beyond, the study found.

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Chapman University is expanding beyond its liberal arts origins.
Chapman University is expanding beyond its liberal arts origins. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

For more than a decade, Chapman University’s leaders have wanted to further expand the campus beyond its liberal arts origins by opening an engineering school.

Now, with a $100-million commitment from a local alumnus, the new school could be accepting students as early as 2020.

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Alex Caputo-Pearl
Alex Caputo-Pearl (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Alex Caputo-Pearl on Monday won a second three-year term as president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers, counselors and nurses in L.A. Unified.

The results were a strong vote of confidence for the union leader, who received 82% of the vote against challenger Lisa Karahalios. His “Union Power” slate also won, sweeping all seven citywide offices, even though the opponents included veteran and respected union leaders. All the winners received more than 50% of ballots cast, allowing them to avoid a runoff.

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(Don Leach/Daily Pilot)

Fountain Valley High School students recently learned about the effects of teen dating violence and how to break the cycle of toxic relationships through "Love Shouldn't Hurt," a presentation created by Irvine-based nonprofit Human Options.

The after-school presentation was hosted by the school's relatively new student-run Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Club, which invited Human Options to address club members and other students.

The nonprofit offers services to domestic-violence victims and lectures to students and parents throughout Orange County.

  • Betsy DeVos
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(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. North Hollywood High School students won a regional science competition, and will move on to the next round in Washington.
  2. The future of L.A. Unified will be shaped by two elections.

In California:

  1. Long Beach Unified won't be allowed to use the SAT in place of statewide standardized tests.
  2. This Oakland doctor talks to high school students about death and dying.
  3. Private colleges are worried about possible cuts to state financial aid.


  1. The group that runs Washington's school voucher program expects to get more funding under the Trump administration. 
  2. What Press Secretary Sean Spicer got wrong about Obama's protections for transgender students.
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North Hollywood High has advanced to Washington, D.C. before, in 2012.
North Hollywood High has advanced to Washington, D.C. before, in 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

A group of North Hollywood High School students were reveling in victory over the weekend after winning the school’s 18th regional title in a science-based academic tournament.

“Showcasing an outstanding grasp of advanced science, math and technology concepts, quick reflexes and grace under pressure,” the high school’s “A” team won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Science Bowl regional competition, the LADWP said in a statement. The contest was held Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

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L.A.teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl
L.A.teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

For Los Angeles teachers, the current political season packs a one-two punch.

On Monday, ballots are to be counted to determine who will lead their union. Just over a week later, voters are to decide on three pivotal L.A. school board seats.

Both results will be important not just for future negotiations over classroom and work conditions but because powerful forces want to push Los Angeles education in a different direction, which could very much affect teachers’ lives.

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(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The sun will be out, the fields are ready and the top pitchers are set to make their season debuts on Saturday when the high school baseball season in Southern California moves into high gear.

One top matchup has Orange Lutheran playing Dana Hills in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.

A detail of a poster on the wall as program assistant Alma Sanchez teaches an after-school college prep class at Kid City.
A detail of a poster on the wall as program assistant Alma Sanchez teaches an after-school college prep class at Kid City. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In the wake of the Trump administration’s new guidelines on immigration enforcement, some school districts are telling their students they will be protected from raids — at the same time as officials try to figure out exactly what the rules will mean for their students.

The Department of Homeland Security memos released  this week  empower immigration enforcement officers to target any of the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally. The directives call for hiring thousands more agents but do not say how officers should handle the so-called Dreamers, students who came to the U.S. without papers as young children.

The Los Angeles Unified School Board already had declared its schools “safe zones.” In February 2016, the board passed a resolution stating that if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents try to enter schools in search of students, administrators should direct them to LAUSD headquarters. (ICE traditionally considers schools "sensitive" locations, so until now hasn't sought students at them.)

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  • California State University

As deportation fears grow among college students who are in the country illegally, the head of California State University has told everyone in the 23-campus system to call school police if approached by immigration officials.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White made the request Wednesday in a written statement to faculty, students and staff in response to two recent memos issued by Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly regarding increased border security and stricter enforcement of immigration laws.

Don’t expect a standoff between federal and campus officers anytime soon, though.