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In-house pick for provost aims for expanded research role for USC

As the newly named provost and No. 2 administrator at USC, neuroscientist Michael Quick said Monday he wants to help the university use its brain power and growing financial resources to keep improving the school's reputation and focus high-powered research on societal problems.

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  • Preschools a microcosm of debate on measles vaccinations
    Preschools a microcosm of debate on measles vaccinations

    For 19 years, the director of the Laguna Parent Participation Preschool has worked alongside mothers and fathers to decide such questions as what children should eat during snack breaks and what type of field trips they should take.

  • Classes that go off the grid help students focus
    Classes that go off the grid help students focus

    USC professor Geoffrey Cowan is a scholar of free speech and communication. But Cowan, the former dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, insists that students sometimes should be cut off from the social media and websites that are so prevalent in their lives.

  • Election sets stage for L.A. Unified battle
    Election sets stage for L.A. Unified battle

    Over the last few months, Los Angeles teachers union leaders have racked up a series of victories. They worked to push out Supt. John Deasy, elect a friendly candidate to the school board and win a ruling against a new evaluation system.

  • L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows
    L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows

    A push by backers of charter schools to have a bigger voice on the Los Angeles Board of Education appears to have paid off, according to early election returns in three contested races.

  • Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big
    Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big

    When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city, Psomas was barred from contributing to...

  • L.A. Unified says it can't afford 'computer for all' plan
    L.A. Unified says it can't afford 'computer for all' plan

    Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Friday that the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal of his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

  • Cal State's African American enrollment down despite years of outreach
    Cal State's African American enrollment down despite years of outreach

    For a decade, California State University leaders have set aside several Sundays each February to visit churches in the African American community and preach the benefits of preparing young people for college.

  • More high school seniors taking early admissions to college
    More high school seniors taking early admissions to college

    While most of her classmates at Arleta High School anxiously await word on their college applications next month, Unique De La Torre has been a portrait of calm since she was accepted in December to a private New York university.

  • Granada Hills Charter High wins L.A. Unified's Academic Decathlon

    Granada Hills Charter High School won Los Angeles Unified's annual Academic Decathlon, recording the highest team score in the competition's 47-year history, officials said Friday.

  • Troubled school districts need more than prizes
    Troubled school districts need more than prizes

    I once sat down at an education gathering and placed my orange-and-black computer bag with the lettering “Broad Prize for Urban Education” on the floor. Said the woman next to me, “That's the most highly coveted satchel in the room.”

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