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California officials are urging students who are in the country without legal permission to apply for college aid.
California officials are urging students who are in the country without legal permission to apply for college aid. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

L.A. Unified is soliciting applications for the district’s next student board member.

A USC football player was arrested Monday on suspicion of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

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Each year, California invites students who are in the country without legal permission to apply for the same financial aid packages available to others. But officials once again are concerned that fears are keeping those they want to help from seeking the funding.

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El Camino Real Charter High School students celebrate decathlon win.
El Camino Real Charter High School students celebrate decathlon win. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

A video showing a police officer body-slamming a handcuffed San Diego area high school student has led to protests and soul-searching.

L.A. Unified is giving students another chance at magnet programs with a late application process.

In something of an upset, El Camino Real Charter High School has won the 2018 Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials announced Sunday.

In something of an upset, El Camino Real Charter High School has won the 2018 Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials announced Sunday.

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It began with a police officer trying to deal with a willful student who refused to leave the campus of Helix Charter High School. It quickly escalated into a physical altercation where the officer body-slammed the handcuffed teenage girl to the ground as she tried to get away.

And it was caught on video.

A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff.

The project by a Sacramento high school student enrolled in an elite magnet program titled “Race and IQ,” questioned whether certain races lack the intelligence for the program’s academically challenging coursework.

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Members of the Watts Bears youth football team pursue Southern California Falcon player.
Members of the Watts Bears youth football team pursue Southern California Falcon player. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

L.A. Unified and New York City — the nation’s two largest school systems — are seeking a new leader at the same time.

Police still don’t know how the girl whose gun fired one bullet at Sal Castro Middle School got her weapon.

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Less than two years after members of the L.A. school board chose a superintendent from the district’s ranks, they now find themselves in search of a new one — and the task may be harder than ever.

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Cal State Long Beach student Shellv Candler turned to transitional housing when she could not afford an apartment.
Cal State Long Beach student Shellv Candler turned to transitional housing when she could not afford an apartment. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Cal State students who are African American and the first in their families to attend college struggle most with food and housing insecurity, including homelessness, according to a new survey by the nation’s largest public university system.

Researchers surveyed a sample of the population at all 23 Cal State campuses and interviewed selected students to explore their experiences in the two areas.

The resulting report, released at a Cal State conference in Sacramento this week, found that about 2 in 10 African Americans who were the first in their families to attend college at times lacked a fixed, regular and adequate place to stay at night, which is among the federal definitions of homelessness. That number was 1 in 10 for surveyed students overall.