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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech plan to join national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, which analysts say makes changes that would significantly boost the taxes of many of the nation’s young researchers.

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing a walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” expected to draw thousands of participants at about 50 campuses in 32 states. 

The House tax bill slashes $65 billion in tax benefits for higher education over 10 years, according to Steven Bloom, the American Council on Education’s director of government relations. Graduate students would be hit hard by a repeal of a decades-old provision that shields from taxation their tuition — which is waived by universities in exchange for their work as teaching assistants and researchers.

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Caltech campus (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

— Graduate students at UCLA, USC and Caltech join others around the nation in protests against the House Republican tax bill passed earlier this month.

— Students and teachers at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz are celebrating the engagement of their famous alumna Meghan Markle to Prince Harry.

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(Francis Specker / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

— LAPD will provide part-time jobs and training for high school graduates. 

— The story of a scandal-plagued South L.A. school football team.

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Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García
Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García (Cal State Fullerton)

In and around Los Angeles:

— How a new mural at a West Hollywood public school tells the story of privilege within L.A. Unified.

— A former vice principal and former teacher in Lancaster sued their school district, saying they were forced to quit because of their principal’s sexual harassment.

Diamond Hyman, 19, reads in her bed at the David and Margaret Youth and Family Services transitional shelter care facility in La Verne.
Diamond Hyman, 19, reads in her bed at the David and Margaret Youth and Family Services transitional shelter care facility in La Verne. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Inside a small dorm on a neatly manicured campus in La Verne, two teenage girls were flitting between rooms.

One adjusted a tight-fitting tank top over her chest and checked her reflection in the mirror. The other danced to Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” as it played from a cellphone.

The teens were getting ready to run away from a temporary shelter for foster youths.

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Harvard University (Darren McCollester, Getty Images)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Take a look inside a transitional county shelter for foster youths.
  2. Check out the new murals at Playa Del Rey Elementary School.
  3. HopSkipDrive has raised money to help parents in the L.A. area use the child-friendly ride-sharing service to get their kids to school.

In California:

  1. California’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates say they support universal access to pre-K.
  2. Some Cal State campuses are focusing on helping students persist through their first year in college.

Nationwide:

  1. An embattled charter school financier used racially charged language in newly public emails to a black New York City deputy mayor.
  2. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Harvard’s affirmative-action policies.
The Phommathep family: Jake, Tiffany, Tristan, John Jr., John and Nikos.
The Phommathep family: Jake, Tiffany, Tristan, John Jr., John and Nikos. (Phommathep family)

Johnny Phommathep was driving home to Rancho Tehama from a quick trip to Sacramento on Tuesday morning when he got a text message from his wife, Tiffany, telling him she was dropping their three youngest sons off at school.

He texted her back to ask if she wanted something to eat. When he got no response, Phommathep called. No answer. He called again. Nothing. Again and again he called without a word back from his wife.

A few minutes later, a colleague called to tell Phommathep that there had been a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary School.

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Los Angeles Times

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. At JSerra Catholic School in San Juan Capistrano, three students had perfect ACT scores.
  2. Nigeria’s King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was in L.A. for the African Prestigious Awards, so he visited Hollywood High School last week.

In California:

  1. The UC Regents admonished the system’s president, Janet Napolitano, for her approval of interference in a state audit.
  2. Napolitano responded by saying she will make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Nationwide:

  1. A national report ranked California’s school accountability system toward the bottom of the list.
  2. High schools across Manhattan have seen an increased demand for film photography lessons.
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During the Pledge of Allegiance at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, many students across different classrooms choose to not stand.
During the Pledge of Allegiance at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, many students across different classrooms choose to not stand. (Richard Mendiola / HS Insider)

Mirabelle Chernick, a senior at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, explains why she stands to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, even though most others in her classroom do not.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”

These 12 words, recited so patriotically for previous centuries, have now become synonymous with the contentious political climate of today. To me, this is where the real issue stems from. The Pledge of Allegiance is a declaration in support of liberty.

You might have read the University of California regents' rebuke of UC President Janet Napolitano's approval of interference in an audit. 

You can read the full investigation that the UC regents ordered here.

It found that top aides to Napolitano interfered with a state audit of her office’s finances, suppressing campus criticism of its services and operations. Napolitano approved a plan instructing UC campuses to submit responses to confidential questionnaires for review by each college's chancellor and her aides before returning them to the state auditor.