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

  • The L.A. Unified board approved a budget that includes some layoffs, an acknowledgement by officials that the nation’s second-largest school district has to downsize.
  • Students and Jewish community members are alleging that San Francisco State University has long cultivated a hostile environment in which Jewish students "regularly text their friends to describe potential safety issues.”
Betsy DeVosHigher EducationK-12University of California

Legal services for UC's immigrant students, Lynwood's AP change, an empty ESSA forum: What's new in education

 (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  • Lynwood Unified took away prerequisites and encouraged most of its students to take AP classes.
  • The state scheduled a session for Angelenos to provide feedback on the implementation of a federal schools law. Eight people showed up.

In California:

  • Uncertainty over President Trump's immigration policies has boosted demand for UC's immigration student legal services.
  • The state budget approved last week lets more families qualify for subsidized childcare.


  • The Trump administration's new guidelines on transgender student protections change course on bathroom access cases.
  • A look at private emails Seattle parents sent to school staffers after teachers came to school wearing Black Lives Matter shirts.

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