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A student walkout at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts on Thursday.
A student walkout at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts on Thursday. (Molly Kleinman)

Students at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts walked out of classes today after one teenager accused another of rape. 

Some students and parents are concerned that they were not told anything about what allegedly happened. Some also were upset over what they saw as inaction on the part of the school district.  

The campus, on the north edge of downtown L.A., is the flagship arts high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

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Judy Burton in 1998
Judy Burton in 1998 (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

It was widely presumed that Judy Burton someday would become superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, given that she rose from star teacher to star principal to leader of internal reform efforts. But timing and illness worked against her and instead she became the founding leader of the region’s largest network of charter schools.

Burton died in Los Angeles on Friday of complications from liver failure. She was 69.

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Sally Roush
Sally Roush (California State University)

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush the new interim president of San Diego State, marking the first time that women outnumber men as campus presidents in the nation’s largest public university system.

Once Roush takes office in July, 12 of Cal State’s 23 presidents will be women. She will replace Elliot Hirshman, who announced earlier this year that he would be leaving to lead Stevenson University in Maryland. Roush — who worked at San Diego State in various positions for three decades — will lead the campus until the board of trustees names a permanent president next summer.

Trustees on Wednesday, after some debate, agreed to give Hirshman’s $428,645 salary — the highest of any Cal State president — to Roush.

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Sally Roush
Sally Roush (California State University)

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush the new interim president of San Diego State, marking the first time that women outnumber men as campus presidents in the nation’s largest public university system.

Once Roush takes office in July, 12 of Cal State’s 23 presidents will be women. She will replace Elliot Hirshman, who announced earlier this year that he would be leaving to lead Stevenson University in Maryland. Roush — who worked at San Diego State in various positions for three decades — will lead the campus until the board of trustees names a permanent president next summer.

Trustees on Wednesday, after some debate, agreed to give Hirshman’s $428,645 salary — the highest of any Cal State president — to Roush.

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Attorneys delivered opening statements Wednesday in a civil lawsuit brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District by five former students at El Sereno Elementary School who say the school system did not do enough to keep a sexually abusive teacher out of the classroom. 

The students allege that the teacher molested them between 2008 and 2010 but that school officials had reports of the teacher's inappropriate behavior dating back to 2003.

Lawyers for the students, who are now teenagers, say the school’s principal and assistant principal received complaints in 2003 that teacher Armando Gonzalez was making inappropriate comments in front of children, as well as complaints in 2005 and 2009 that he inappropriately touched students. 

Attorneys delivered opening statements Wednesday in a civil lawsuit brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District by five former students at El Sereno Elementary School who say the school system did not do enough to keep a sexually abusive teacher out of the classroom. 

The students allege that the teacher molested them between 2008 and 2010 but that school officials had reports of the teacher's inappropriate behavior dating back to 2003.

Lawyers for the students, who are now teenagers, say the school’s principal and assistant principal received complaints in 2003 that teacher Armando Gonzalez was making inappropriate comments in front of children, as well as complaints in 2005 and 2009 that he inappropriately touched students. 

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos answered a battery of tough questions Wednesday for the first time since her confirmation hearing.

She hasn’t taken questions from reporters at mainstream news outlets, and she recently declined an invitation to address a conference of education writers in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, she was cross-examined by lawmakers in a House appropriation subcommittee as she sought to justify the education cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget.

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President Trump’s budget proposal includes deep cuts to education but funds a new push for school choice.

When pressed by representatives at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declined to say if, when or how the federal government would step in to make sure that private schools receiving public dollars would not discriminate against students. 

She repeatedly said that decisions would be left to school districts and parents.

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