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- All L.A. Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through Friday, as well as 17 on the Westside. After two days of closure for all Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools, Malibu's public schools will remain closed Friday. Santa Monica's will open. More information here.
- An outside panel hopes to help the L.A. Unified School District launch some pilot programs that could spread to all schools.
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.