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A few dozen parents, students and teachers marched outside the Los Angeles Unified School Board meeting Tuesday, some calling for board member Ref Rodriguez to resign the week after news broke that he was taken into custody on suspicion of being drunk in public at a Pasadena bar and restaurant.

Rodriguez was not cited or charged in that incident, but was held for more than five and a half hours before being released. 

The school board member faces felony and misdemeanor charges for political money laundering. He is accused of getting more than two dozen people people to donate to his campaign for his school board seat with the understanding that he would reimburse them.

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Scores on national tests were mostly flat across L.A. Unified.

The chaos of constant turnover has contributed to uncertainty over whether the Inglewood Unified School District can be saved.

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Delaine Eastin was a sophomore in high school when a drama teacher urged her to try out for a part in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” She hesitated until he told her: “This is a metaphor for your whole life. If you never try out, you will never get the part.”

Young immigrants granted deferred deportation status under a program started by President Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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National test scores for fourth- and eighth-graders were generally flat from 2015, but eighth-grade reading scores showed some improvement.
National test scores for fourth- and eighth-graders were generally flat from 2015, but eighth-grade reading scores showed some improvement.

Every two years, the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders are tested in math and reading — and newly released results from last year’s tests give California at least a little reason to be pleased.

The 2017 results — out Monday night — were mostly flat nationwide compared with 2015, though the average score in eighth-grade reading went up.

But while that improvement largely came from the increased scores of the highest-performing students, California eighth-graders showed some reading progress from the lowest levels to the highest.

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A charter bus carrying teenagers returning from a spring break trip Sunday night struck a bridge overpass on Long Island, seriously injuring six passengers and mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.

When Eugenio Villa agreed to return to the Inglewood schools for a second tour last summer, he knew the district remained one of California’s most troubled.

A charter schools advocacy group last week announced that it would end two long-running lawsuits in which it was seeking more classroom space and construction money from the Los Angeles school district.

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Ref Rodriguez (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

L.A. Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez was recently arrested in Pasadena on suspicion of public intoxication.

A look at how the arrest of father Romulo Avelica Gonzalez put the Lincoln Heights neighborhood and its families on edge.

Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez was arrested recently on suspicion of being drunk in public at a Pasadena restaurant, the latest trouble for an elected official who faces political money-laundering charges.