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Milton A. Gordon, the former Cal State Fullerton president who fought for equitable access to higher education and transformed the campus into one of the state’s most prominent and diverse, has died after a long illness at 81.

When Gordon took the helm in 1990, he was the fourth African American president in the nation’s largest public university system. At that time, about 60% of the student body was white. By the time he retired in 2012, the percentages had reversed, with students of color making up 57% of the enrollment. During his leadership, the school became first in the state and fifth in the nation in graduating Latinos.

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It's been a long few months for John B. King Jr. 

Since finishing his tenure as President Obama's second Education secretary, King has watched a new administration implement policies diametrically opposed to his own. 

"As a teacher, as a parent and as a citizen, it’s distressing to see the department walking away from its core responsibility of advancing equity," he said Wednesday.

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A history professor at Fresno State University has been placed on paid leave after writing on Twitter that President Trump “must hang” to save American democracy.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced Monday that Lars Maischak has agreed to go on paid leave for the rest of spring semester. The professor posted the tweet in late February.

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As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looks on, President Trump greets fourth-graders during a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla.
As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looks on, President Trump greets fourth-graders during a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank / TNS)

Donald Trump's plans to reform education have been routinely described as radical, but one key feature — taxpayer-funded vouchers — may find some unlikely supporters: California voters.

About 60% of adults and 66% of public-school parents in a new poll said they favored vouchers that parents could use for their children's education at any public, private, or parochial school. Republicans (67%) were more likely than independents (56%) and far more likely than Democrats (46%) to hold that view. Across racial and ethnic groups, 73% of African Americans, 69% of Latinos, 56% of Asians and 51% of whites supported vouchers.

The poll results were released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1.
Protesters demonstrate against Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley on Feb. 1. (Noah Berger / European Pressphoto Agency)

UC Berkeley officials have postponed conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s appearance at UC Berkeley next week, citing safety concerns in light of recent violence on campus between protestors.

Police were concerned after “escalating violence during demonstration-related events on the campus and surrounding areas” in February and on Saturday that resulted in injuries and arrests, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said in an email. Campus police feared the same people would rally and fight at Coulter's appearance.

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Moffitt Library (David Butow / For The Times)

UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved.

The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those floors. That’s because they no longer contain any books, which could be damaged or stained.

California’s oldest university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today.

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UCLA finance director was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from City University of New York when he worked as a finance official there.

Between 2008 and 2012, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, Carmine Marino took a total of $81,000 from a tuition account at CUNY’s school of professional studies and transferred it to two separate accounts that only he had control over. After an appearance April 7 in federal court in Manhattan, Marino was released on $50,000 bail.

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA finance director was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from City University of New York when he worked as a finance official there.

Between 2008 and 2012, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, Carmine Marino took a total of $81,000 from a tuition account at CUNY’s school of professional studies and transferred it to two separate accounts that only he had control over. After an appearance April 7 in federal court in Manhattan, Marino was released on $50,000 bail.

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Challenger Nick Melvoin, left, and Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer
Challenger Nick Melvoin, left, and Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer (Stuart Palley / For The Times)

A divided Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted to endorse and push for three hotly debated state bills that seek to place new controls on charter schools.

The 4-3 vote largely reflected an ideological split over the growth and oversight of charters, issues that have dominated the most expensive school board races in the country.

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Fast-food restaurants got something of a reprieve from the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday with the softening of a proposed ban on their involvement in fundraisers.

In a resolution approved by a 5-1 vote, the school board nixed McTeacher's Nights fundraisers at McDonald’s, but removed language that automatically would have restricted school partnerships with other restaurants.