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Sandy Casey
Sandy Casey (Manhattan Beach Unified School District)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. 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.
  2. USC went on lockdown after a false report of an active shooter on campus.

In California:

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

Nationwide:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the USC campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response.

“No danger to community,” the LAPD said on Twitter after completing a search of campus buildings.

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(Ethan Hirschberg / HS Insider)

Ethan Hirschberg, a sophomore at San Dieguito Academy, writes about his experience with autism.

Yesterday, I had a small panic attack.

I was so upset that my heart was racing. I realized that my second year of high school started in three short days. I have been keeping track of how long I have left in summer for a few weeks now, but this time the harsh reality sunk in.

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With no running water, children bathe at a fire hydrant in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
With no running water, children bathe at a fire hydrant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. First-generation students at UCLA now have a dormitory floor of their own.
  2. Cal State L.A.'s volleyball team rallied around its Puerto Rican members and coach, who  could not reach their families after Hurricane Maria hit the island.
  3. Parents got conflicting messages about a music teacher suspected of contaminating flutes with semen.

In California:

  1. A UC Riverside student allegedly grabbed another student's Make America Great Again hat from his head and verbally attacked him with profanity-filled accusations of promoting "genocide."
  2. A look at California schools' perpetual struggle to get between students and their phone screens.

Nationwide:

  1. Puerto Rico's schools have been closed since Hurricane Maria hit, and they are unlikely to open for several more weeks
  2. Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire. It provides low-cost health insurance to 9 million children.
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(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Desiree Felix didn’t make her way to UCLA with the help of helicopter parents who hired tutors, hounded teachers or edited her application essays.

Her father is a handyman with a sixth-grade education. Her mother finished high school and helps manage apartments.

In her freshman year, Felix has chosen to live on a newly created dorm floor just for students like her who are the first in their families to attend college.

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(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Puerto Rican roots run deep on this team. Head coach Juan Figueroa and three of his players are from the island and have family on the U.S. territory.

After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico last month, leaving a trail of devastation, Figueroa and the three freshman players had a difficult time reaching family for days.

(Saugus Union School District)

Two Southern California school districts were giving conflicting messages over the weekend as they attempted to guide parents through a scare touched off last week by a state and federal investigation of a music specialist suspected of contaminating musical instruments with semen.

Responding to the probe, the Saugus Union School District in Los Angeles County sought help from parents to collect evidence in the investigation, which it said “is focusing on workshops where students made ‘flutes’ out of PVC pipe with a specific individual.”

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  • University of California

A UC Riverside student asked campus police Friday to arrest a fellow Highlander who allegedly grabbed his Make America Great Again hat from his head and verbally attacked him with profanity-filled accusations of promoting "genocide."

A video of the young woman's actions against Matthew Vitale, a senior majoring in economics, drew heavy coverage by conservative media outlets that painted it as another assault on the free speech rights of right-leaning college students. The video was first posted Thursday by Campus Reform, a conservative news site.

Many conservative students say efforts to silence them have escalated since President Trump's election last year. Massive protests shut down campus talks by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Davis and UC Berkeley this year and led to unprecedented security costs for other speakers, such as conservative writer Ben Shapiro.

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(Jessica Zhou / HS Insider)

HS Insider college intern Jessica Zhou reported on the groundbreaking this summer at Little Tokyo Service Center's Budokan.

On a muggy Thursday in August, Little Tokyo Service Center broke ground for Budokan, its project to provide a recreational, cultural and community center for residents of Little Tokyo and Japanese Americans throughout Southern California.

More than just a basketball court

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Advocates are promoting awareness of trauma during a child's first years.
Advocates are promoting awareness of trauma during a child's first years. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. A new law lets schools send food waste to food banks. The idea came from leaders of Los Angeles Unified, where students toss out $100,000 in food a day.
  2. Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie Hagan will retire at the end of the academic year.

In California:

  1. Over 100 agencies and advocacy groups in California are promoting awareness and legislation to reduce early childhood trauma.
  2. Teachers and administrators statewide say President Trump's immigration crackdown has scared students and made a focus on their wellness all the more important.

Nationwide:

  1. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at Harvard on Thursday. Her newest school choice analogy compares schools to food trucks. (An earlier version used Uber.)
  2. Some colleges are installing vending machines where students can buy the morning-after pill.