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Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:

  • The Rodriguez investigation now includes conflict-of-interest issues, in addition to previously-announced charges.
  • The L.A. Unified school board spent much of Tuesday’s meeting arguing over nuts and bolts, and ultimately voted to continue starting the school year in August.
Higher EducationK-12

Las Vegas schools stay open, a USC lockdown, college classes in high school: What's new in education

Sandy Casey (Manhattan Beach Unified School District)
Sandy Casey (Manhattan Beach Unified School District)

In and around Los Angeles:

  • Among the people killed in Las Vegas: a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, a 20-year-old student at Riverside Community College and the office manager at a Simi Valley elementary school.
  • USC went on lockdown after a false report of an active shooter on campus.

In California:

  • Having more young people take college classes in high school is one potential solution to California's upcoming shortage of workers with college degrees.
  • The state approved a new group of textbooks as California implements new curriculum standards.


  • Schools in the Las Vegas area were open one day after the mass shooting at a country music festival. High school sporting events were postponed.
  • Following a deadly stabbing at a school in the Bronx, New York City is teaching educators how to defuse behavior crises and make sure bullying is reported.

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