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LAUSD's search firm consultants in 2015.
LAUSD's search firm consultants in 2015. (Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

L.A. Unified’s search firm must honor its warranty and help the district find a new superintendent yet again — mostly for free this time.

School board member Ref Rodriguez is scheduled to be back in court today.

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The unexpected departure of Los Angeles schools Supt. Michelle King — after less than two years on the job — has triggered a rarely used clause in the contract of an executive search firm: its warranty.

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USC, known nationally for its aggressive fundraising operation, saw contributions tumble in the second half of 2017, a period in which scandals roiled its medical school.

Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday over charges that he made illegal donations to his campaign in 2015.

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A campaign poster at San Dieguito Academy calls students to action.
A campaign poster at San Dieguito Academy calls students to action.

Mallika Seshadri, a senior at San Dieguito Academy, reports on her school’s efforts to combat human trafficking. 

Human trafficking, often referred to as modern-day slavery, is where individuals are forced into participating in commercial sexual acts, according to the State of California Department of Justice.

San Dieguito’s Amnesty International club conducted a signature drive advocating for increased police involvement and the Christian Mission Mustang club held a benefit concert called “Breaking Chains” to raise funds for faith-based organizations that combat trafficking.

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A page from the California School Dashboard.
A page from the California School Dashboard. (California Department of Education)

In and around Los Angeles:

Mark Keppel and South Pasadena high schools aced L.A. County’s Academic Decathlon Super Quiz.

A La Verne special education aide has been charged with sexually abusing a young student in her care.

Students returned to Sal Castro Middle School.
Students returned to Sal Castro Middle School. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Sal Castro Middle School students returned to school Friday following Thursday’s campus shooting, which police said was caused by a gun discharging from a backpack.

For this year’s superintendent search, L.A. Unified will likely use the same search firm that helped them hire Michelle King.

At first, reports of gunshots at an L.A. middle school seemed likely to follow an all-too-familiar narrative: A young person opens fire on a campus with deadly consequences. Then a new story emerged, still harrowing but less grim — more of a cautionary tale about unintended consequences when children get their hands on guns.

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Students returned to class at Sal Castro Middle School Friday morning, a day after an unintentional shooting left four students injured and sent others scrambling for cover.

Guadalupe Segura placed her hand on her heart, worried as she watched her 13-year-old daughter, Jazmine, walk into the Westlake middle school, along with dozens of other students.

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Students and families reunite after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday.
Students and families reunite after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Gunfire erupted in a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School on Thursday morning. Two 15-year-olds were hit — one in the head. A 12-year-old girl was taken into custody.

The incident immediately revived an ongoing debate about how best to keep students in the Los Angeles Unified School District safe.

The nation’s second-largest district relies on both policing and counseling to try to prevent campus violence. It also has an experienced team of counselors to deal with the aftermath — although most deadly episodes happen outside school.