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Framroze Virjee will be the interim president of Cal State Fullerton through June 2019.
Framroze Virjee will be the interim president of Cal State Fullerton through June 2019. (Courtesy of Cal State)

Framroze Virjee, California State University’s executive vice chancellor and general counsel, has been appointed president of Cal State Fullerton for an interim period, administrators announced Wednesday.

Virjee, who goes by Fram, oversees all legal services for the system’s 23 campuses and has focused on areas including sexual assault, intellectual property and the 1st Amendment.

He begins his new role Jan. 1 and replaces Mildred García, who is leaving Fullerton to head the American Assn. of State Colleges and Universities.

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Framroze Virjee will be the interim president of Cal State Fullerton through June 2019.
Framroze Virjee will be the interim president of Cal State Fullerton through June 2019. (Courtesy of Cal State)

Framroze Virjee, Cal State University’s executive vice chancellor and general counsel, has been appointed president of Cal State Fullerton for an interim period, administrators announced Wednesday.

Virjee, who goes by Fram, oversees all legal services for the system’s 23 campuses and has focused on areas including sexual assault, intellectual property and the First Amendment.

He begins his new role on Jan. 1 and replaces Mildred García, who is leaving Fullerton to head the American Assn. of State Colleges and Universities.

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Los Angeles Unified board members Monica Garcia, left, Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin pose for a selfie in July.
Los Angeles Unified board members Monica Garcia, left, Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin pose for a selfie in July. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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L.A. school board President Monica Garcia (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday will introduce a proposal that could make it easier to track the progress of a Los Angeles school or of the school district as a whole.

Under the measure proposed by board member Nick Melvoin, all data “determined to be accessible to the public” would be available online from a single portal. The information would be downloadable, sortable and searchable. The measure is scheduled to be voted on at a board meeting in January.

Melvoin is part of a new majority elected with financial support from charter schools, and the proposal to boost transparency is part of its broader agenda. But it would not necessarily fully apply to local charter schools, which are publicly funded but not under the direct control of L.A. Unified.

University of Redlands senior Marcus Garcia, left, takes a social media video of senior Afari La-Anyane walking down a DUDES runway event.
University of Redlands senior Marcus Garcia, left, takes a social media video of senior Afari La-Anyane walking down a DUDES runway event. (Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times)

When Donald Trump won the presidential election last year, Reggie Robles felt like all his work had hit reset. Then came the drumbeat of sexual assault reports in Hollywood, politics, academia.

Robles is the associate director of campus diversity and inclusion at the University of Redlands. He also is the co-founder of a campus program called DUDES, or Dudes Understanding Diversity and Ending Stereotypes.

DUDES encourages young males to talk to each other about compassion, violence and the social pressures they feel to be masculine. It brings them together to consider with full frankness what it really means to be a man.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has cycled through multiple Chicago Public Schools CEOs.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has cycled through multiple Chicago Public Schools CEOs. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

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Adrian Llamas, a sophomore at Charter Oak High School, talks about the rise of cyberbullying in social media.

Cyberbullying is defined by dictionary.com as “the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously.” With the prevalence of social media, cyberbullying is rampant in this generation.

A study done in 2015 by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System said, “An estimated 16% of high school students were bullied electronically in the 12 months prior to the survey.” If these numbers were applied to the 1,500 students at Charter Oak, about 240 would have been cyberbullied.

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Anna Lapteva, a junior at Foothill Technology High School, caught up with a few residents in the Ventura area to learn their perspectives on the Thomas fire.

“I’m honestly still in shock,” Foothill Technology senior Gwynnie Redemann said of the drastic effects of the Thomas fire, which spread at an alarming rate, engulfing numerous structures and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents in Ventura.

“It is a day I will never forget.”

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A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills.
A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills. (AFP/Getty Images)

All Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city’s Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles. The district’s number doesn’t include all adult schools and charter schools, some of which are also expected to close.

The district’s website has a list, as well as a reminder that everyone else is still expected to come to school this Thursday and Friday.