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Gov. Jerry Brown at a January news conference
Gov. Jerry Brown at a January news conference (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget holds back $50 million from the University of California until it adopts reforms recommended by a scathing state audit that found the system has tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed reserves and paid excessive salaries to administrators.

“I put the $50 million in there so we can hold their feet to the fire,” Brown told reporters in announcing the May revision to his annual budget. “That’s the way we will reinforce the audit. They have to make some reports and create some transparency, and we will keep the money until they perform to the auditor’s satisfaction.”

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(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is not afraid to buck the Democratic establishment. And she is bucking it now over the contentious issue of teacher tenure.

Weber is pushing a bill, AB 1220, that would extend a new teacher’s probationary period from two years to at least three and possibly up to five. Currently, a school must decide whether to grant permanent status — tenure — or cut the teacher loose after two years.

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Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

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Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

If the Los Angeles school board elections were a movie, then the nominee for best supporting actor might go to an individual who so far has received little attention: Reed Hastings.

Based on documents reviewed by The Times, the co-founder of Netflix has contributed close to $5 million since last September to the California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, a major conduit of funds for school board candidates backed by charter school supporters. His most recent contribution was $1 million on Tuesday.

Another major recent contributor is a familiar name in education politics. Eli Broad put in $400,000 last Friday, on top of $50,000 he gave in November.

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Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

If the Los Angeles school board elections were a movie, then the nominee for best supporting actor might go to an individual who so far has received little attention: Reed Hastings.

Based on documents reviewed by The Times, the founder of Netflix has contributed close to $5 million since last September to the California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, a major conduit of funds for school board candidates backed by charter school supporters. His most recent contribution was $1 million on Tuesday.

Another major recent contributor is a familiar name in education politics. Eli Broad put in $400,000 last Friday. 

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Nine out of 10 universities and colleges reported no campus rapes in 2015, according to an analysis of federal data released Wednesday by the American Assn. of University Women. 

But the association sharply questioned whether the 11,000 U.S. colleges included in the analysis were doing enough to encourage victims to report sexual violence. 

“If these numbers were accurate there’d be cause for celebration, but we know for a fact they’re not,” Lisa M. Maatz, the association's vice president of government relations and advocacy, said in a statement. “These numbers don’t reflect campus climate surveys and academic research, let alone what we’ve heard from students themselves." 

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Students at Bethune-Cookman University booed and turned their backs while Donald Trump's education chief Betsy DeVos gave a commencement speech on Wednesday.

The contents of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' commencement speech Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Fla., was pretty standard: Listen to people who disagree with you, serve your country, and give back.

But the reception was raucous. Students booed and turned their backs while President Trump's Education chief spoke.

DeVos delivered her speech even after students used social media and online petitions to try to prevent her appearance.

Leah Bell died when a personal watercraft crashed into a boat she was on in Copenhagen.
Leah Bell died when a personal watercraft crashed into a boat she was on in Copenhagen. (Courtesy of Pomona College)

Two students — Leah Bell from Pomona College and Linsey Malia from Stonehill College in Massachusetts — were killed Saturday in Copenhagen when a personal watercraft struck the boat they were in, officials said.

Five other students in a study-abroad program were injured in the crash, according to DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia. The program’s students were on a boating excursion to celebrate the final weeks of their semester abroad.

“This is tragic news for Leah’s family, friends and for our entire community,” Pomona College said in a statement.

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(McKenna Thurber / HS Insider)

McKenna Thurber, a skater and a junior at El Camino Real Charter, writes about skateboarding's deep roots in Southern California. 

On the blistering, dirty and cracked streets of Southern California, it is difficult to avoid skateboards.

It is not unusual to see toddlers, enveloped in protective padding, learning how to skate in their front yard on weekends. On campuses, stairwells and cafeterias become ramps and obstacles. Each afternoon, groups of students are seen skating home from school.

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Since the drama series “13 Reasons Why” debuted March 31 on Netflix, hundreds of school districts across the country have sent letters home advising parents that their kids may be watching a show that some mental health experts argue glamorizes suicide. Due to the graphic depictions of suicide, rape, bullying, slut shaming and drunk driving, the National Assn. of School Psychologists has recommended “that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation,” do not view the series.

We reached out to U.S. educators to get their thoughts. With so many teenagers creating memes and tweeting about the series, we wanted to find out how the show was actually being discussed IRL.