Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
- 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.
The president of the Buena Park School District board has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography, Fontana police said Thursday.
Authorities said Dennis Brian Chambers, 50, was found with thousands of pornographic videos and images of children on an electronic storage device after police tracked an IP address to his Buena Park home.