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The seeds for "Get Out," the $136-million-grossing comedy-horror film, were sown in school.

In a recent interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" with host Terry Gross,  the film's creator Jordan Peele said he first felt a sense of otherness and racial isolation when filling out the paperwork that came with standardized tests:

PEELE: I'd been taught from an early age that I was in the other category on the standardized tests. You know, I had to go down the checklist -- Caucasian, African American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and then, you know, at the bottom is other. So, you know, very early on I was taught, in a way, that I was somehow this anomaly. And, you know, it's hard. I might be too close to it to really be able to tell you how all of that went into the movie. But it very clearly did. It very clearly did.

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Nationally acclaimed high school point guard, Santa Monica native and Mater Dei star Spencer Freedman aims to be great in everything he does.

Freedman attended Santa Monica High School his freshman year, before transferring to national powerhouse Mater Dei. Last year, during his sophomore season, he won Trinity League MVP honors and was named to the Open Division's All CIF 1st team.

This year as a junior for Mater Dei, Freedman averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game, which was second in the Trinity League. Spencer also shot 47 percent from the field, good for third best in the Trinity. He was named to the All CIF Southern Section 1st team for a second straight season.

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After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 on Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding.

“I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,” said Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, addressing the packed meeting chamber. “I bring it with necessity.”

Students stood up and shouted "Shameful!" and "Shame! Shame! Shame!"

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A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of nearly 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.

The ruling, one of the most important of this term, came as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is wrapping up his third day of testimony before a Senate committee.

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Celerity Educational Group founder Vielka McFarlane (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Surveillance cameras caught a teen fighting off a kidnapper on her way to school in North Hollywood.
  2. Charter school network Celerity Educational Group, which is under federal investigation, defended itself and its founder's compensation in a newsletter to parents.

In California:

  1. State legislators are reviving a bid to raise the bar on how long it takes for teachers to earn tenure.
  2. Cal State trustees are expected to vote on a tuition hike today.
  3. California schools suspended far fewer students in 2015 than they did in 2012, but black students still face far higher suspension rates than their peers.

Nationwide:

  1. Trump could learn a lot from Iowa's fight over school choice.
  2. The Trump administration rolled back protections for those defaulting on student loans. But a major student loan collector has promised not to charge high fees if debtors make good.