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(Athena Jreij / HS Insider)

Athena Jreij, a junior at St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora,  describes how she feels when adults write off the worries of young people.

As I kneeled on the pew of the prayer room in my Catholic high school, my skirt tucked around my thighs, my hands were clasped tightly, intertwined. ... My chin rested on my fist and looking up to Mother Mary holding baby Jesus, tears ran down my face, landing on the collar of my white polo. My shoulders sat heavy and my heart lay in my chest with great weight. In my head, I asked for guidance and strength, but was interrupted by the faint noise of two teachers laughing in the faculty room next door.

“Oh yes, it’s so hard being a 16-year-old and your only worry is homework and texting on your phone!”

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On the campus of UC Riverside.
On the campus of UC Riverside. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

The University of California is the nation's most generous public university in awarding financial aid to freshmen, a new study has found. 

UC campuses snared seven of the top 10 spots among 250 public universities surveyed about their financial aid packages,  according to The Student Loan Report news site.

According to the survey, UC Riverside was the nation's most generous campus, giving freshmen an average of $22,241. UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, also on the top 10, had average awards ranging from $21,100 to $19,028. 

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The Marlborough School announced Monday that it has reached a settlement with an unnamed former student who was sexually abused by Joseph Koetters, her English teacher.

The settlement, whose terms are confidential, came just before the case was set to go to trial and one month after the school settled with Chelsea Burkett, 33, who also was sexually abused by Koetters when she was a teenager. The women sued Marlborough for failing to protect them from sexual abuse.

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Jay Lujan, a senior at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, wants people to know about his East L.A., which he says is different from the stereotypes.

Regardless of what people say, and think about MY home, all of the best moments of my life happened here in East Los Angeles. I learned to ride my first bike here in East Los Angeles. I learned how to throw my first baseball. And quite frankly, I learned to be humble here. This is MY home.

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After years of rapid growth, enrollment of first-time international students in U.S. colleges and universities dipped last year amid concerns about political uncertainty, tuition increases, visa delays and reductions in scholarship money, an annual survey found.

California remained the nation’s most popular destination for foreign students, with 157,000 coming to the state in 2016-17. They made up nearly 16% of more than 1 million international students in the United States that year, according to the survey of more than 2,000 institutions released Monday by the Institute of International Education.

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(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

After they put pressure on officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District, charter school leaders last week won changes to the rules under which they operate.

Students, they say, will benefit. However, some district officials say that it is better for students that the charters did not get everything they wanted.

Here is a look at what the district agreed to change, where charters backed down, and what might happen next.

(Gary Kazanjian / Associated Press)

California will restrict farmers' use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.

Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter of a mile of public K-12 schools and licensed day-care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a statement.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announces a previous Promise Neighborhood grant at Berendo Middle School in January.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announces a previous Promise Neighborhood grant at Berendo Middle School in January. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles will receive an $11.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a program that helps local students with tutoring, summer classes and college-readiness preparation, officials announced Thursday.

The money will be used to provide help for about 2,000 students in 16 area schools stretching from East Hollywood to the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The schools are in Promise Zones or Promise Neighborhoods, designations that help impoverished areas receive federal funds for economic or educational uses.