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- All L.A. Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through Friday, as well as 17 on the Westside. After two days of closure for all Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools, Malibu's public schools will remain closed Friday. Santa Monica's will open. More information here.
- An outside panel hopes to help the L.A. Unified School District launch some pilot programs that could spread to all schools.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos often faces intense criticism, in person and online. But she rarely responds to pointed tweets.
Thursday, though, was different. After the American Federation of Teachers union critiqued something DeVos had said, a point she reiterated that day in remarks at the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting in Denver, she fired back.