Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
- The charter school network that Ref Rodriguez co-founded and ran has filed a complaint alleging that the L.A. school board member had a conflict of interest when he authorized about $285,000 in payments from school accounts.
- Michelle King is recuperating from surgery and has appointed a subordinate to run the school district in her stead.
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.
- 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.