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Could your school be next?
Could your school be next? (Jaylee Cortes)

Jaylee Cortes, a junior at Charter Oak High School, wrote an open letter to the president.

Mr. President, where were you on Valentine’s Day? Were you out to dinner with a loved one or were you sitting in the Oval Office, alone?

I was scrolling through Snapchat when I saw a story about the Florida shooting. My parents came home and immediately were engrossed by the television. My mother watched with tears streaming down her face, my father watched in horror, and I sat there, a million thoughts racing through my mind.

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 The Grotowski Barn is named for the famous Polish drama theorist and director Jerzy Grotowski.
The Grotowski Barn is named for the famous Polish drama theorist and director Jerzy Grotowski. (Scott Smeltzer / Daily Pilot)

In and around Los Angeles:

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, L.A.’s political leaders are focusing on making schools safer. The city attorney is forming a blue-ribbon panel and three school board members are pushing a resolution calling for stronger state and federal gun control.

A potential threat led to canceled classes Monday at Cypress College in Orange County.

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When renowned theater director Jerzy Grotowski was considering a job as a UC Irvine professor in the 1980s, the founding chair of the school’s drama department promised him perks.

Classes were canceled Monday morning at Cypress College in Orange County after the school became aware of a potential threat, though police say they do not believe there is any risk.

Political leaders in Los Angeles want the city to join the nation in focusing hard on how to prevent violence on campuses in the wake of one of America’s deadliest school shootings.

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John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968.
John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968. (H.O. McCarthy / Herald-Examiner Collection)

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Fifty years ago, Mexican American students in East L.A. high schools walked out of class and launched a historic movement protesting substandard conditions in their schools.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has blocked the release of a video that shows him being heckled at UCLA, causing the initially little-noticed incident to go viral.

Mnuchin was being interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host of the public radio show “Marketplace,” which focuses on news about business and the economy. About 400 people attended the free event Monday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, said Peggy McInerny, a university spokeswoman.

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The University of California has slipped in the rankings of an annual global survey of higher education, escalating concerns that funding woes and growing international competition are beginning to erode the quality of the nation’s top public research university.

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Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968.
Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968. (Herald-Examiner Collection / Los Angeles Public Library)

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The school walkouts 50 years ago, now being commemorated, were the first act of mass militancy by Mexican Americans in modern California history.

New York City reportedly selected Miami-Dade schools leader Alberto Carvalho as its new schools chancellor — pulling him out of the pool of potential candidates for L.A. Unified superintendent job.