Varun Soni is an unusual college chaplain. He is a Hindu. He has a law degree. In 2008, when USC hired him as its dean of religious life, he was the sole head chaplain at a major American university who was not only not a Christian but not an ordained Christian at that.
Today, at a time when differences — religious and otherwise — grow ever more fraught and complex, he remains all but alone in breaking the Protestant chaplain mold, except for a rabbi at Dartmouth, another at Wesleyan, a Buddhist at Emerson.
State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) will run for state superintendent of public instruction.
He announced his candidacy in a statement Monday that focused on resisting the Trump administration's education plans.
"Fighting for education starts with opposing the efforts by President Trump and Betsy DeVos to defund our public schools," Thurmond said in the statement, referring to Trump's budget blueprint. "I will fight the Trump Agenda to gut our public schools at every step."
Schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District long have dominated the national Academic Decathlon. Now they're trying to do the same in the National Cyber Security Championship.
In this more recently launched competition, teams detect and disarm simulated cyber threats. L.A. Unified is the only district to have teams advance to the nationals for the last eight years.
North Hollywood High on Thursday staged a send-off for its three teams that will compete next week in Baltimore. The students got the football-star treatment, entering the celebration through a tunnel of cheerleaders. The school's band gave them a musical salvo. Principal Ricardo Rosales talked them up.
A San Diego federal judge on Friday morning finalized the $25-million settlement in the Trump University litigation, dismissing the objection of a Florida woman and finding in favor of the 3,700 others who stand to recoup the vast majority of what they spent on the real estate baron’s investment program.
The ruling ends six years of litigation that got nasty from the start — including an early countersuit by Donald Trump that failed — and became political fodder in his race for the White House.
Mexican officials have announced $10 million in new funding to support binational research projects on energy efficiency with the University of California.
The money, announced in Mexico City on Thursday after Mexican energy officials met with UC President Janet Napolitano, will go to projects led by Mexican research institutions in collaboration with UC researchers.
Students and faculty members at Columbia University in New York have launched a national campaign to nudge the Trump administration to enforce Title IX, the law that bans gender discrimination in educational programs receiving federal assistance.
The campaign, #CantTrumpOurTitleIX, kicks off with campus actions on Friday. The coalition also sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
"No student should experience gender-based violence, nor should schools ignore threats to a student’s safety or ability to learn," the letter states. "We will not rest until the rights and protections of all students, especially survivors of gender-based violence, are guaranteed."
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Amanda Jimenez and Michael Chidbachian reported on their school’s efforts to curtail drug use. “Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Principal Deb Smith walks into school in the morning, mapping out which bathrooms will be closed during break due to the increase of drug use on campus … This year, there’s an increase in recorded incidents on campus.”
John Garcia (East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy) explored how Belvedere park in East Los Angeles illustrates California’s skateboarding culture. He writes: “Many people like going to this park because when you’re skating there, it’s like surfing a wave.”