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Happy Tuesday. A quick programming note: you can expect us to slow down a bit during the summer months. But we'll be back at full speed by the time school is in session. 

In and around Los Angeles:

In California:

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(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King will present the school board with her proposed $7.9-billion budget plan at a meeting that is expected to stretch well into Tuesday evening. The school board is scheduled to vote on the plan next week.

Here are five things to keep in mind about the proposal, which arrives on the heels of a bruising school board election in which several candidates accused the district of ignoring coming budget problems.

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Sure, summer’s great with its carefree, longer days and sweet break from the routine of the classroom.

Here’s the bummer: Over break, kids can actually lose what they've learned over the previous school year. Researchers call it the "summer slide." Summer break widens achievement gaps between kids from kindergarten through high school.

And, like many things, it hits poor children harder.

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(Fountain Valley High School)

Aysia Buendia, a high school senior, collaborated with the school's student-run broadcast news station to document how the Fountain Valley High School student body was able to change the hat policy.

Baron Broadcast News reported about how Fountain Valley High School has one of the strictest hat policies compared to some other schools in our district. Shortly after this video aired, our very own principal, Dr. Smith, decided to respond with a video.

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In “Dear Evan Hansen,” newly minted Tony winner Ben Platt portrays a high schooler who’s so nervous, unsure and desperately lonely that he seems to fold into himself, as though trying to make himself disappear.

None of this remotely resembles the lead-musical-actor recipient in his own high school years at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City. Instructors who worked with him until his 2011 graduation say he was confident, always ahead of the game, a natural leader.

(Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Uplifting moment of the day: the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is partnering with Vision To Learn to provide free eye exams...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is betting big on students' eyesight.

Zuckerberg announced this week that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the nonprofit he runs with his wife, Priscilla Chan, is donating money to Vision to Learn, which provides eye exams and glasses to students in low-income communities. 

Many poor students who struggle with reading actually are grappling with undiagnosed poor vision.

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student who was detained by Border Patrol agents last month will be released, her attorney said Friday.

Claudia Rueda will be released on her own recognizance Friday afternoon or Monday, according to attorney Monika Langarica.

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(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Compton College, which lost its accreditation more than a decade ago during a time of serious administrative failure and widespread corruption, has been granted initial accreditation status and is one step away from winning back its full standing.

In a meeting late Wednesday, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reviewed recent evaluations and agreed to the initial status — a major acknowledgement of the college’s efforts to rebuild.

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(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

A special prosecutor for teacher sexual misconduct, a single-payer healthcare system for L.A. Unified, teacher evaluations based on 40% “measurable academic growth” — incoming school board member Nick Melvoin has ideas on how to improve schooling in Los Angeles.

Melvoin, 31, won a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education after a historically expensive, hard-fought campaign marked by relentless mudslinging from outside groups, which contributed nearly $15 million. Much of that mudslinging was paid for by supporters of charter schools on behalf of Melvoin against school board President Steve Zimmer, a two-term incumbent.