The union representing Los Angeles teachers is calling on school board member Ref Rodriguez to recuse himself from votes on charter schools Tuesday.
At the board meeting, officials have to decide whether to renew or authorize petitions for 33 charter schools, which are independently run but fall under the oversight of L.A. Unified. Some of the votes could be controversial and close.
A letter from a law firm representing United Teachers Los Angeles asserts that Rodriguez's participation is untenable because he received a $75,000 contribution to his legal defense fund from charter supporter Reed Hastings.
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Some of our HS Insider reporters were on the job March 14, when students all over the nation organized walkouts and other activities to honor the 17 people killed a month earlier at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and to push for stricter gun control to try to prevent future mass shootings. You can read their accounts here.
At 10:17 a.m., the students returned to class, but not without a profound new realization of the role their generation will play in changing the world for the better.
Sarah Wang, junior, Arcadia High School
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A 17-year-old student pulled out a handgun at a high school in southern Maryland on Tuesday morning and wounded two classmates before being killed in an exchange of gunfire with a school resource officer, authorities said.
The gunman, Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead at 10:41 a.m., St. Mary's County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said at a news briefing.
University of California President Janet Napolitano said Monday that the public university system should open its doors more widely by guaranteeing admission to all qualified state community college students.
She said she also has asked campus chancellors to work toward raising the four-year graduation rate to 70% from the current 64%. Getting more students to graduate more quickly, she said, would make room to enroll an additional 32,000 undergraduates — the equivalent of another UC campus — by 2030.
UCLA graduate student Kristen Glasgow says she first met Gabriel Piterberg, a history professor, in 2008. They had coffee together and then, she alleged, he walked her to her car, pushed her against it and forced his tongue into her mouth.
Glasgow detailed this and other claims of Piterberg's sexual misconduct over a five-year period in a lawsuit she filed against the University of California in 2015.