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Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:

  • The probe into audit interference, ordered by UC regents, concluded that UC President Janet Napolitano approved a plan that led to the interference.
  • UC regents, meeting in San Francisco, chastised Napolitano for her role in the interference. Napolitano responded by saying she should have shown better judgment. 
  • On Wednesday, they heard about ways to make a UC education more affordable.
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A former USC dean's secret life, community college board dispute, girls' access to sports: What's new in education

Puliafito was the public face of the Keck School of Medicine. (Getty Images / Associated Press)
Puliafito was the public face of the Keck School of Medicine. (Getty Images / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

  • The secret life of a former USC medical school dean involved methamphetamine use and drug-fueled parties.
  • L.A. Community College District trustees will meet behind closed doors to investigate one board member's allegations that another threatened her.

In California:

  • Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize, died at 40.
  • It's hard to know whether girls have equal access to sports in California's schools.


  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the Obama administration's beefed-up civil rights investigations treated students unfairly.
  • New York's alternative schools are facing potential new regulations that could eventually force some of them to shut down.

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