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

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is withdrawing the Obama administration's policy on investigating campus sexual assault. The new policy doesn't have a timeline for investigations, and allows for informal resolutions.
  • The Times obtained data from Los Angeles Unified School District about the high schools that send the highest percentage of their graduates to college. Principals from those schools told us how they do it.
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In and around Los Angeles:

  • Whittier Law School has stopped accepting new students and will shut down entirely once all current students have graduated.
  • After complaints from parents, L.A. Unified officials have reassigned a Sherman Oaks administrator.

In California:

  • UC Berkeley reverses its decision and says conservative commentator Ann Coulter can speak at the campus after all.
  • A state audit of California State University said the system hires too many managers.
  • The University of California said it has uncovered a fraud that targeted students in its student healthcare plan.
  • Former Cal State Fullerton president Milton A. Gordon, 81, died after a long illness.

Nationwide:

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited public schools in Ohio with teachers union leader Randi Weingarten. DeVos held her line on school choice.
  • A Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student was arrested in California.

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