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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

Palo Alto school officials have not done enough to protect students and faculty who said they were sexually harassed and assaulted, according to a U.S. Department of Education investigation

The department's Office for Civil Rights investigates cases in which schools are accused of violating federals laws such as Title IX, which outlaws sex-based discrimination in schools.

After promising to make changes, Palo Alto Unified School District will keep its federal funding under terms of a resolution agreement with the department. 

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No one is more affected by the education system than students themselves. With inside knowledge on the issues we cover, students have important things to say. Working with High School Insider, The Times’ youth journalism platform, Essential Education will be giving young voices a space to report on issues they care about, from gender-neutral bathrooms to campus Islamophobia.

High School Insider offers a content platform that publishes student work on LATimes.com, as well as classroom resources, conferences, contests and paid internships. The aim is to amplify student voices around the issues that matter to them, with a focus on underserved schools and communities.

Students at a High School Insider fall journalism conference at USC.
Students at a High School Insider fall journalism conference at USC. (Kyle Finck / LA Times)

If you know any schools interested in getting involved or would like more information about the program, email project lead Kyle Finck at kyle.finck@latimes.com

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Students at South Pasadena High School in 2014.
Students at South Pasadena High School in 2014. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

South Pasadena High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning as authorities investigated a social media posting, officials said.

“There is no reason for panic,” Principal Janet Anderson said in a message sent to parents. “We just want to exercise the utmost caution. All staff and students are remaining in place with doors locked.”

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(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Marian Kim-Phelps was approved as superintendent at the Poway Unified School District’s board meeting Tuesday night on a split vote that heralded renewed warfare between the board members.

The board's votes to hire Kim-Phelps as superintendent, held in closed session, and to approve her contract, in open session, were both 3-2, with board President Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff, Vice President T.J. Zane and member Darshana Patel voting yes, and members Kimberley Beatty and Charles Sellers voting no.

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(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Marian Kim-Phelps was approved as superintendent at the Poway Unified School District’s board meeting Tuesday night on a split vote that heralded renewed warfare between the board members.

The board's votes to hire Kim-Phelps as superintendent, held in closed session, and to approve her contract, in open session, were both 3-2, with board President Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff, Vice President T.J. Zane and member Darshana Patel voting yes, and members Kimberley Beatty and Charles Sellers voting no.

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Tom Torlakson (Andrew Seng / Associated Press)

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The family of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez consults with an attorney at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station.
The family of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez consults with an attorney at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station. (Andrea Castillo / Los Angeles Times)

California's top education official announced on Thursday that he has asked federal authorities to clarify whether they are changing a policy that in the past has avoided immigration actions near schools.

“I have consistently told students and their families that they must feel safe and protected at our schools, especially families who are refugees, Muslims, or undocumented immigrants,” state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly. “Recent actions by federal law enforcement agents around schools have raised serious concerns.”

The California Department of Education said that clarification was needed because of an incident in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a 48-year-old father of four, into custody after he dropped off his daughter at a charter school in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Nick Melvoin, left, and Steve Zimmer.
Nick Melvoin, left, and Steve Zimmer. (Stuart Palley / For The Times)

Beneath the mudslinging and big money that dominated this week’s school board elections, a serious battle is being waged over competing visions of local education: One sees progress and the need for stability; another sees failure and prescribes radical change.

Candidates supported by teachers unions’ financial muscle have positioned themselves as defenders of traditional schooling. Backers of charter schools, which are mostly nonunion, spent even more money to put forward an opposing group of candidates.

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Nick Melvoin, left, and Steve Zimmer.
Nick Melvoin, left, and Steve Zimmer. (Stuart Palley / For The Times)

Beneath the mudslinging and big money that dominated this week’s school board elections, a serious battle is being waged over competing visions of local education: One sees progress and the need for stability; another sees failure and prescribes radical change.

Candidates supported by teachers unions’ financial muscle have positioned themselves as defenders of traditional schooling. Backers of charter schools, which are mostly nonunion, spent even more money to put forward an opposing group of candidates.

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The L.A. women's march. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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