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David Cortese, president of Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors, discusses litigation to block President Trump's executive order affecting "sanctuary cities."
David Cortese, president of Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors, discusses litigation to block President Trump's executive order affecting "sanctuary cities." (Santa Clara County)

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously authorized its legal staff to participate in a lawsuit challenging the authority of the Trump administration to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities."

The suit, filed by Santa Clara County, is one of several to challenge a Jan. 25 executive order declaring that sanctuary cities "have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic."

The lawsuit calls the executive order an "unprecedented" and unconstitutional attempt to expand executive power.

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Raphael Bostic was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Raphael Bostic was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. A USC professor will become the first African American president of a Federal Reserve regional bank.
  2. Could unused real estate help offset L.A. Unified's deficit?

In California:

  1. How is Gov. Brown likely to react to Democratic lawmakers' proposal to reduce college students' debt? 
  2. look at federal support for arts education in California.

Nationwide:

  1. One of the biggest foes of Trump's infrastructure plans could be American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
  2. White supremacist signs were posted at Washington, D.C., universities.
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Parents at many local schools don't want to share their campuses with charters — and in typical L.A. fashion, some are hoping that a little star power will strengthen their case. 

Actor Ioan Gruffudd, whose daughter attends Third Street Elementary School in Hancock Park, told the Los Angeles Unified School District board on Tuesday what his child and others would lose if they have to give up some classrooms under a law that requires school districts to share available facilities with charter schools.

"The rooms you have designated as empty are actually not empty, but used for ... music and drama, the very things that got me where I am today," Gruffudd told the board. 

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Outgoing L.A. Unified Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly
Outgoing L.A. Unified Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly (Los Angeles Unified)

Two departing officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District made the most of their swan songs Tuesday. 

Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly warned of a financial precipice if the nation's second-largest school district failed to trim spending. Outgoing board member Monica Ratliff blasted the city utility over its bills to the district, then castigated district staff for not yet solving a problem at a local elementary school.

Reilly is stepping down after a decade to accept a similar job with the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

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(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled communities near the Salton Sea on Tuesday, triggering the evacuation of an elementary school.

The quake occurred at 10:14 a.m. about 11 miles southwest of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Costa Mesa man was arrested Monday after a swastika and the n-word were carved into the hoods of two Orange Coast College security vehicles, authorities said.

College officials reported the incident to police about 1:40 a.m., Costa Mesa police Sgt. Matt Selinske said.

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The president of Pitzer College is condemning hate speech directed at the campus community by outsiders after a dust-up over hoop earrings and cultural appropriation.

A wall on the side of a dormitory at the Claremont college that is devoted to unmoderated free speech through art was recently painted by a group of Latino students from Pitzer who wrote: “White Girl, Take OFF Your Hoops.”

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In and around Los Angeles:

  1. South L.A. teen whose mother was killed by a stray bullet is recognized for bravery.
  2. The board of education is meeting today, and you can watch it live here.

In California:

  1. UC Berkeley will soon get its first female chancellor: Carol T. Christ, former Smith College president.
  2. California Democrats propose what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation.
  3. Marshall Tuck will run for Superintendent of Public Instruction, again.

Nationwide: 

  1. Fearful parents have their friends sign power of attorney papers so that they can care for their children in case they are deported.
  2. Donald Trump will discuss school choice at a rally in Nashville on Wednesday.
  3. Congress dumped Obama's education regulations.
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A former president of Smith College, Carol T. Christ, was selected Monday to become the next chancellor of UC Berkeley, the nation’s leading public research university.

If approved this week by the UC Board of Regents, Christ will be the 11th chancellor of UC Berkeley and the first woman to lead the campus, University of California President Janet Napolitano said. Christ currently serves as the school’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost.

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

On Wednesday, the state will unveil the California School Dashboard, a new color-coded way to look at how your child’s school is doing and compare it with other schools.

The idea behind the website is simple: Parents need more information than they’ve been getting.