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  • University of California
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UC president Janet Napolitano responded to the Regents' admonition with this statement: 

I accept the results of the Board’s fact-finding review and the actions the Board has taken in response. I recognize and understand that nothing is more important for someone in my position than to uphold the highest possible ethical standards – and to ensure that all of my staff do likewise.

I would like to assure the Board of Regents, the students, faculty and staff of the University of California, state legislators and the people of California that I hear them loud and clear. I regret deeply that I did not show better judgment in connection with this matter. I have already taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again and together with the Board will work to implement the additional changes being recommended by the Board to further strengthen our processes in this regard.

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UC Regents chair George Kieffer issued this admonishment of the system's president, Janet Napolitano:

The President is responsible for setting an appropriate tone from the top and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability on behalf of the University, which operates as a public trust for the State and people of California. She is also responsible for the conduct of her staff, particularly her direct reports, including her Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.

It is important to note that, in directing that the State Auditor’s campus surveys go through the Chancellors and also to her office for review, the President relied on the advice of counsel. We are also mindful of the context for the actions taken, including the lack of trust between the Office of the President and the State Auditor based on a previous audit. Finally, we view the President’s conduct in the context of a long record of public service and leadership, including strong leadership of this University. The Board continues to have confidence in and fully supports her continuing leadership.

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(Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee)

It was one of the worst-case scenarios for a school shooting: a yard full of children playing with a rampaging gunman just minutes away.

At Rancho Tehama Elementary School, children who were outside were quickly hustled Tuesday morning into locked rooms as Kevin Janson Neal drew closer.

One student was shot, but nobody died. And that, authorities say, is stunning.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
University of California President Janet Napolitano
University of California President Janet Napolitano (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

University of California regents are expected to grill UC President Janet Napolitano on Thursday about why she approved a plan to interfere in a state audit of her office's operations.

The regents, meeting in San Francisco, will debate how to respond to an independent investigation that found Napolitano's top aides had sought to suppress campus criticism of the central office in confidential surveys from State Auditor Elaine Howle.

Napolitano approved a plan to review the surveys about her office's operations and services before they were sent back to the auditor.

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  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • University of California
UC President Janet Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano (Astrid Riecken / Getty Images)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Police arrested an Orange County student who said his online threat was a joke and stepped up security at the four schools the threat mentioned.
  2. Three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China for shoplifting were suspended indefinitely and apologized.

In California:

  1. UC's regents are looking for ways to make students' educations more affordable.
  2. An investigation ordered by the regents found that UC President Janet Napolitano's aides intervened in a state audit of her office's performance.

Nationwide:

  1. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls for a new emphasis in higher education on workforce training and apprenticeships.
  2. A standardized test company sued Tennessee, claiming the state, which fired the company, owes it millions.
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Monica Lozano, left, then-chairwoman of the University of California Board of Regents, discusses the UC audit.
Monica Lozano, left, then-chairwoman of the University of California Board of Regents, discusses the UC audit. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

University of California regents, meeting in San Francisco this week, will release findings of an independent investigation into whether UC President Janet Napolitano’s staff members improperly interfered with a state audit of her office’s operations.

Regents also will discuss a new report that took a systemwide look at how to avoid the kind of enrollment fiasco that was set off by UC Irvine last summer when it abruptly rescinded nearly 500 admission offers, mostly for minor application paperwork problems. 

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(Howard Blume/Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Unified School District is making plans to smarten up and move into the smartphone age.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously gave the go-ahead to create an L.A. Unified phone app.

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  • University of California
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In and around Los Angeles:

  1. L.A. Unified is making moves to get an app — which will help many low-income parents who have cellphones but no computers.
  2. After objections from parents, a Palos Verdes high school student charged with murder will no longer attend classes at his school. 
  3. The UCLA basketball players stuck in China returned home. President Trump got involved.

In California:

  1. A gunman went on a rampage in rural Northern California, at one point spraying elementary school classrooms with bullets. 
  2. UC's leaders will release the results of an investigation into whether UC President Janet Napolitano's office interfered in a state audit.
  3. The state approved history textbooks that provide an inclusive overview of LGBT issues.

Nationwide:

  1. A Maryland school board member apologized for using a word that many consider a slur.
  2. Forbes' "30 under 30" list for education lacked classroom teachers.
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Authorities said at least three people are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred around 8 a.m. in Rancho Tehama, about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento, authorities said.

Among the dead are the gunman, who was killed by police, authorities said.

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(Giana Leone / San Diego Union-Tribune)

California has become the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in primary schools, the Advocate reports.

The California State Board of Education on Thursday approved 10 textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that include coverage of the historical contributions of LGBT people, and rejected two that failed to include such coverage.