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(Stanford University)

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems.

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(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Researchers have received a $3.26-million federal grant to study the effectiveness of online academic credit recovery programs — the kind that allow students to make up failed classes and graduate on time — in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The grant, from the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will pay for the American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit research group, to study how online makeup courses for Algebra 1 and ninth-grade English compare with retaking the class in person.

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Puliafito, speaking at a USC gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in October 2015, was a prodigious fundraiser.
Puliafito, speaking at a USC gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in October 2015, was a prodigious fundraiser. (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages via Associated Press)

In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

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(Phalaen Chang / High School Insider)

Phalaen Chang, an incoming junior at California School of the Arts, writes about the importance of both STEM and humanities courses.

Last semester, we had a seemingly simple assignment: research a career you would be interested in pursuing and write an annotated bibliography to go along with the research. As a bunch of teenagers who barely plan past the next test date, many of us were stuck on the very first step: picking a profession.

“Well… on a career test I took, I was told I would best be suited for being a lumberjack,” my friend deeply involved with dance said, confused. “Do I just do mine on a lumberjack then?”

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(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. An unfounded bomb threat led to an evacuation at UCLA.
  2. Los Angeles Unified School District is warning parents about a social media challenges that encourages suicide, called "The Blue Whale Challenge."

In California:

  1. The University of California regents approved an $800-million spending plan after applying a new level of scrutiny of the system's finances. 
  2. The board also approved a proposal to allow campuses to use recommendation letters in a limited number of admissions cases.
  3. California's State Board of Education voted to move forward with an incomplete plan for satisfying the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Nationwide:

  1. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos' deputy in charge of civil rights enforcement has apologized for glib comments she made about classifying rape accusations. 
  2. DeVos is speaking at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group, in Denver next week. Before starting as Education secretary, her group, the American Federation for Children, had close ties to the council.
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(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.

The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.

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(KTLA-TV)

Police responded to a bomb threat at a UCLA recreation center Wednesday night, and university officials evacuated several residence halls at the Westwood campus.

A UCLA Bruin Alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, announcing that the threat was unfounded and students could return to their dorms.

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  • University of California
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The University of California is headed toward allowing all campuses to use letters of recommendation in admissions decisions for the first time, despite concerns that the policy could hurt students who have less access to teachers and counselors who could artfully write the endorsements.

As the system’s nine undergraduate campuses grapple with a record number of applicants — nearly 210,000 last fall — UC Berkeley has sought to invite letters from all prospective students.

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(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In less than two months, the California State Board of Education must submit its plan for satisfying the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Its members voted to address its requirement to define the term "ineffective teacher" Wednesday, but leave until later the completion of a formula for identifying low-performing schools, as the law also requires.

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Students take part in an in-person algebra credit recovery course at Garfield High School is East Los Angeles.
Students take part in an in-person algebra credit recovery course at Garfield High School is East Los Angeles. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. After years of low salaries, L.A. Unified's school board members will see a huge pay increase — to $125,000 a year.
  2. The district got a $3.26-million federal grant to study how online credit recovery compares with in-person makeup classes.

In California:

  1. What we'll be following at the State Board of Education meeting.
  2. The board has to define what an "ineffective teacher" is. The current proposal doesn't look at teacher performance.
  3. UCLA's regents are tackling budget and admissions issues at this week's meeting.

Nationwide:

  1. Hate-based incidents in schools have more than tripled in Montgomery County, Md. — a suburban district outside Washington.
  2. Thousands of special-needs students in New York City aren't getting the services they need because they can't find the right specialists.