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Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1.
Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1. (Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency)

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(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A state audit released Thursday found that California State University has been hiring managers and providing them raises at a rate that “significantly outpaced” other employees.

It also raised concerns about budget oversight at the largest public university system in the nation.

The audit, titled “California State University: Stronger Oversight is Needed for Hiring and Compensating Management Personnel and for Monitoring Campus Budgets,” specifically found that between fiscal years 2007-08 and 2015-16, the number of full-time equivalent “management personnel” — which includes administrators, supervisors and other professional staff — grew by 15%. Over the same period, the number of faculty rose by 7%, while non-faculty support staff rose 6%.

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UC Berkeley has canceled Ann Coulter’s speech, citing security concerns but she has vowed to give it anyway. (April 20, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

UC Berkeley officials on Thursday reversed their decision to cancel conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s appearance at the university, but have rescheduled it from next week to May 2, according to a statement from the university.

Coulter’s speech on immigration will be held at an “appropriate, protectable venue,” the university said. The university did not disclose the location of the speech. But the university said it had advised Coulter’s representatives and the Berkeley CollegeRepublicans, which organized the April 27 Coulter event, that the speaking engagement would take place next month.

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(Los Angeles Times)

Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa has stopped accepting new students and will close entirely once all current students have graduated, trustees announced Wednesday.

Citing such challenges as low student outcomes, the board of trustees voted not to accept new students this fall.

“We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program. Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome,” read an online statement from the board.

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At Moffitt Library, individual study carrels come with their own lights and outlets
At Moffitt Library, individual study carrels come with their own lights and outlets (David Butow / For The Times)

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(Karen Tapia / Cal State Fullerton)

Milton A. Gordon, the former Cal State Fullerton president who fought for equitable access to higher education and transformed the campus into one of the state’s most prominent and diverse, has died after a long illness at 81.

When Gordon took the helm in 1990, he was the fourth African American president in the nation’s largest public university system. At that time, about 60% of the student body was white. By the time he retired in 2012, the percentages had reversed, with students of color making up 57% of the enrollment. During his leadership, the school became first in the state and fifth in the nation in graduating Latinos.

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(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

It's been a long few months for John B. King Jr. 

Since finishing his tenure as President Obama's second Education secretary, King has watched a new administration implement policies diametrically opposed to his own. 

"As a teacher, as a parent and as a citizen, it’s distressing to see the department walking away from its core responsibility of advancing equity," he said Wednesday.

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(Fresno State)

A history professor at Fresno State University has been placed on paid leave after writing on Twitter that President Trump “must hang” to save American democracy.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced Monday that Lars Maischak has agreed to go on paid leave for the rest of spring semester. The professor posted the tweet in late February.

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As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looks on, President Trump greets fourth-graders during a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla.
As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looks on, President Trump greets fourth-graders during a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank / TNS)

Donald Trump's plans to reform education have been routinely described as radical, but one key feature — taxpayer-funded vouchers — may find some unlikely supporters: California voters.

About 60% of adults and 66% of public-school parents in a new poll said they favored vouchers that parents could use for their children's education at any public, private, or parochial school. Republicans (67%) were more likely than independents (56%) and far more likely than Democrats (46%) to hold that view. Across racial and ethnic groups, 73% of African Americans, 69% of Latinos, 56% of Asians and 51% of whites supported vouchers.

The poll results were released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1.
Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1. (Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency)

UC Berkeley officials have postponed conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s appearance at UC Berkeley next week, citing safety concerns in light of recent violence on campus between protestors.

Police were concerned after “escalating violence during demonstration-related events on the campus and surrounding areas” in February and on Saturday that resulted in injuries and arrests, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said in an email. Campus police feared the same people would rally and fight at Coulter's appearance.