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Battling racial bias with better education

To the editor: Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt's stunning findings on the effects that social biases regarding skin color have on basic perceptual processes is a marvelous example of creative thought and the importance of the behavioral sciences for society. ("Stanford's...

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  • Calls grow for wider inquiry into bidding on L.A. Unified iPad project
    Calls grow for wider inquiry into bidding on L.A. Unified iPad project

    A day after Los Angeles Unified abruptly suspended the contract for its controversial iPad project, there were growing calls for a more thorough investigation into whether the bidding process for the $1-billion program was improperly handled.

  • Lawmakers move to scrap English-only instruction
    Lawmakers move to scrap English-only instruction

    California lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward an overhaul of the voter-approved 1998 law requiring English-only instruction in public schools, another victory for Latino legislators seeking to strip away polarizing laws aimed at immigrants.

  • L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads
    L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads

    L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

  • UC campuses dominate top of Washington Monthly rankings
    UC campuses dominate top of Washington Monthly rankings

    Four UC campuses -- San Diego, Riverside, Berkeley and Los Angeles -- placed in top spots in annual “socially conscious” rankings of national universities being released Monday by Washington Monthly magazine.

  • LAUSD officials had close ties with Apple, Pearson execs, records show
    LAUSD officials had close ties with Apple, Pearson execs, records show

    Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy and his chief deputy developed a special relationship with executives from the companies that won a key technology contract, records show, raising new questions about the bidding process in a $1-billion effort to provide a computer to every student in the...

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