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George McKenna opposes a proposed state school in Los Angeles.
George McKenna opposes a proposed state school in Los Angeles. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

A proxy struggle between backers and critics of charter schools came before the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday, and charter supporters prevailed. 

The odd element was that the issue at hand was a proposal for a new school that was not defined as a charter school. 

The topic of debate was a resolution to go on record as opposing a bill before the state Legislature that would establish a new state-sponsored campus in Los Angeles focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

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  • Higher Education
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Attorneys for former USC kicker Matt Boermeester have filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to have his expulsion from the school overturned.

Boermeester, who kicked the winning field goal in the Rose Bowl in January, was removed from the football team later that month after an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, outside her home. The kicker was expelled in July after an investigation by USC’s Title IX Office, though an anonymous appellate panel recommended a two-year suspension.

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HS Insider summer intern Kevin Camargo documented how a South Gate community keeps its Mexican roots alive through folk dance.

The sound of brass trumpets and string instruments blasts out of the stereo. Parents lift up their phones to record the memories of their kids. Mary Lastra smiles back at her students. The dress rehearsal seems to be coming together for the final presentation.

As the final note rings out in the auditorium, the teacher finishes counting the steps and asks the kids whether they want to rehearse the dance with or without music. As the kids yell “with music,” Lastra turns around with a smile on her face and replays the song on the stereo.

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  • University of California
(David Butow / For The Times)

Carol T. Christ, who took the helm of UC Berkeley in July, opened the new academic year this week as the 11th chancellor and first woman to lead the state’s oldest public university and global research powerhouse.

She is a former president of Smith College and an esteemed scholar of Victorian literature with more than three decades of teaching and administrative experience at Berkeley.

But it is her personable style, her penchant for listening and learning, and her natural instinct to connect that draw people in. Those qualities have helped stir new optimism and excitement on a campus battered by financial woesfree speech controversiessexual harassment scandals and a leadership crisis under her predecessor.

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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(Associated Press)

On Monday morning, as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, more than 2,000 students at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, one of L.A. Unified’s most sought-after magnet schools, will get to view the eclipse in person through NASA-approved glasses.

An additional 500 students at Leland Street Elementary School in San Pedro will do the same.

But many public-school students in Los Angeles will miss the chance to experience the eclipse live. They will be kept almost entirely indoors as they would in a situation of extreme heat, exceptionally harmful air pollution or a security threat near campus.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
(Deposition)

Six months after Dr. Carmen Puliafito stepped down as dean of USC’s medical school, he was called by the university to give sworn testimony as a witness in a lawsuit the institution was facing.

Of the many consequences of the Puliafito scandal for USC, few are as high-stakes as the possible effect on the court case that prompted his testimony last year.

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(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

To understand the magnitude of the building program in the Los Angeles Unified School District, look directly to the south. Long Beach has the state’s third-largest system with 84 schools assembled over more than a century. Yet in just 20 years, in a challenging urban setting, L.A. Unified built 131 new campuses and expanded 65 existing ones, the largest such effort in the nation.

The district now has 1,180 schools for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Here’s more about what was accomplished, what was learned and why it cost so much.

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(Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

In the long, fraught history of colleges and universities dealing with sexual assault on their campuses, problems have ranged from officials shamefully covering up student complaints to administrators, absurdly, micromanaging how students should signal their consent to sex. Now, the Trump administration is looking for shortcomings in a new area: the guidelines the Obama administration issued for how to enforce Title IX, the 1972 federal statute banning sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs.

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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