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More than 30 community organizations and advocates are ramping up their efforts to reverse a California housing rule that they say uproots the children of migrant farmworkers from their schools twice a year, causing them to fall behind and often drop out.

The regulation from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, known as the “50-mile rule,” requires farmworkers to clear out of state-run migrant camps at the end of a growing season and move more than 50 miles away. On Wednesday, farmworker advocates and nonprofits, including the Center for Farmworker Families and the Food Empowerment Project, asked the state agency to reconsider their petition to exempt families with school-aged children from relocation.

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University of Texas at Austin (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

The Justice Department signaled Wednesday that it would examine “race-based discrimination” in college admissions, alarming some civil rights advocates who fear that the Trump administration is trying to roll back affirmative action policies.

In an internal job posting, the department’s Civil Rights Division said it was seeking lawyers willing to work on an investigation and potential litigation involving race-based admissions policies.

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UC Irvine, under fire for rescinding nearly 500 admission offers, announced Wednesday that it would readmit all students who maintained good senior-year grades but whose acceptances were revoked because of alleged paperwork problems, such as missing deadlines to submit transcripts.

Appeals from students whose acceptances were withdrawn because of poor senior grades will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Caltech astrophysics professor found by an internal investigation to have harassed two female graduate students has resigned, the university announced.

Christian Ott, who campus officials determined committed “unambiguous gender-based harassment” of the students, will resign effective Dec. 31, Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Provost Edward M. Stolper wrote in a letter to students and faculty on Tuesday.

A tour guide leads a group of students around the UC Irvine campus Wedensday.
A tour guide leads a group of students around the UC Irvine campus Wedensday. (Allen J. Shcaben / Los Angeles Times)

UC Irvine, under fire for rescinding nearly 500 admission offers two months before the start of fall term, announced Wednesday that it will reinstate all 290 students whose offers were withdrawn for failing to meet deadlines and other requirements for transcripts and test scores.

Appeals from students whose acceptances were withdrawn because of poor senior grades will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, said Ria Carlson, associate chancellor of strategic communications and public affairs.

“It’s clear that we don't like the way this was handled," Carlson said, adding that Chancellor Howard Gillman would issue a statement later Wednesday. “We should have been more sensitive in our approach. We probably should have worked more closely with students. We should have reached out to them by telephone.”

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Linda Katehi, the former UC Davis chancellor who resigned last year after an ethics probe into questionable moonlighting activities, will return to campus as a professor this fall for roughly the same rate of pay she received as an administrator, university officials said.

Katehi will be paid $318,200 on a nine-month contract, said UC Davis spokeswoman Dana Topousis. As chancellor, she received a 12-month salary of $424,360.

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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that would have required school districts that have zero-tolerance policies toward drugs or alcohol use to hold community-wide conversations on whether expulsions related to substance abuse deter students from seeking help for mental health problems.

Brown said in a statement that he declined to sign the bill because, while he agrees with its goal, "this is a matter more appropriately handled at the local level."

Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) initially proposed the legislation after learning about a suicide cluster in Fresno.  "It’s not to say they were caused by substance abuse, but these students are going through difficult times in their lives," he said in an interview. "They might express that through substance abuse, but that’s not the underlying problem."

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Twice a month, Madin Lopez — who is genderqueer, identifying neither as male nor female — gives free haircuts to dozens of young LGBTQ people, offering them a space where their identity is not only respected but also discussed openly.

Lopez asks each new person: What are your preferred gender pronouns? The words ‘THEY’ and ‘THEM’ — the stylist’s preferred pronouns — are tattooed across Lopez’s fingers.

Lopez, 30, runs a free haircutting operation through a small nonprofit called Project Q, the ‘Q’ standing for queer. Many of the young people whose hair they cut are homeless or struggling. Many are just kids trying to figure out who they are.

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A March protest in support of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez
A March protest in support of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (Michael Balsamo/AP)

The family of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, an immigrant in the country illegally whose case has drawn international media attention, was devastated to learn that he could be deported as early as next week.

Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, has been held at a federal detention facility since Feb. 28, when immigration agents arrested him minutes after he dropped off his 12-year-old daughter at her Lincoln Heights school.