Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
In and around Los Angeles:
- USC's head chaplain stands out. He's a Hindu with a law degree.
- Students from North Hollywood High School are flying to Baltimore this week to compete in a cyber security contest.
- A San Pedro High School baseball player was badly beaten on Thursday night.
- A judge in San Diego approved a $25-million Trump University settlement, ending six years of acrimonious litigation.
- California has spent more than $890 million to boost community college completion, but statewide rates have yet to increase.
- Bay Area school districts face budget deficits.