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(Grossmont Middle College High School)

Phillipa Villalobos, a senior at Grossmont Middle College High School, describes her experience taking college courses while in high school.

My teeth chattered as I reluctantly joined the crowd, desperately trying to read the buildings and find my class. My heart was waiting to stop at the ring of a bell that would inform me I was late, but a bell would never come. Although I was 16 and starting my junior year of high school, it was actually my first day of college.

The previous spring I had decided to apply to a Middle College program where 11th and 12th graders attend a community college to fulfill both high school and college credits simultaneously, with the exception of two mandatory high school classes that were held on the college campus and essentially the core of the program. The program has not only saved me money on AP and IB tests while offering college credit, but it has also served as a great transition to gain experience and confidence in college classes and communicating with college professors and staff.

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(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

A small Hebrew-immersion charter school found out Tuesday that there were limits to how far it could push a new school board majority that is widely regarded as pro-charter.

But Lashon Academy Charter School’s challenge to the rules set by the Los Angeles Unified School District is widely seen as a sign of things to come.

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. With a newly reconfigured school board behind them, L.A.'s charter schools are trying to change some of the rules.
  2. Parents are shocked and concerned about plastic flutes that might have been tainted with semen.
  3. The L.A. County education office conceded that Long Beach's school spending plan should not have been approved.

In California:

  1. Thanks to the high cost of housing, the number of homeless students is on the rise in California. More than 200,000 K-12 students in the state lack stable housing.
  2. California is launching a Race to Submit campaign at the start of this year's financial aid application season.

Nationwide:

  1. A Senate hearing on Tuesday showed how far lawmakers are from striking a deal on DACA.
  2. President Trump has nominated an opponent of the Common Core for a top Department of Education job, but most of the key positions in the department remain empty.
Sandy Casey
Sandy Casey (Manhattan Beach Unified School District)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Among the people killed in Las Vegas: a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, a 20-year-old student at Riverside Community College and the office manager at a Simi Valley elementary school.
  2. USC went on lockdown after a false report of an active shooter on campus.

In California:

  1. Having more young people take college classes in high school is one potential solution to California's upcoming shortage of workers with college degrees.
  2. The state approved a new group of textbooks as California implements new curriculum standards.

Nationwide:

  1. Schools in the Las Vegas area were open one day after the mass shooting at a country music festival. High school sporting events were postponed.
  2. Following a deadly stabbing at a school in the Bronx, New York City is teaching educators how to defuse behavior crises and make sure bullying is reported.
  • Higher Education

Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the USC campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response.

“No danger to community,” the LAPD said on Twitter after completing a search of campus buildings.

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(Ethan Hirschberg / HS Insider)

Ethan Hirschberg, a sophomore at San Dieguito Academy, writes about his experience with autism.

Yesterday, I had a small panic attack.

I was so upset that my heart was racing. I realized that my second year of high school started in three short days. I have been keeping track of how long I have left in summer for a few weeks now, but this time the harsh reality sunk in.

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With no running water, children bathe at a fire hydrant in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
With no running water, children bathe at a fire hydrant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. First-generation students at UCLA now have a dormitory floor of their own.
  2. Cal State L.A.'s volleyball team rallied around its Puerto Rican members and coach, who  could not reach their families after Hurricane Maria hit the island.
  3. Parents got conflicting messages about a music teacher suspected of contaminating flutes with semen.

In California:

  1. A UC Riverside student allegedly grabbed another student's Make America Great Again hat from his head and verbally attacked him with profanity-filled accusations of promoting "genocide."
  2. A look at California schools' perpetual struggle to get between students and their phone screens.

Nationwide:

  1. Puerto Rico's schools have been closed since Hurricane Maria hit, and they are unlikely to open for several more weeks
  2. Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire. It provides low-cost health insurance to 9 million children.
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(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Desiree Felix didn’t make her way to UCLA with the help of helicopter parents who hired tutors, hounded teachers or edited her application essays.

Her father is a handyman with a sixth-grade education. Her mother finished high school and helps manage apartments.

In her freshman year, Felix has chosen to live on a newly created dorm floor just for students like her who are the first in their families to attend college.

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(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Puerto Rican roots run deep on this team. Head coach Juan Figueroa and three of his players are from the island and have family on the U.S. territory.

After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico last month, leaving a trail of devastation, Figueroa and the three freshman players had a difficult time reaching family for days.

(Saugus Union School District)

Two Southern California school districts were giving conflicting messages over the weekend as they attempted to guide parents through a scare touched off last week by a state and federal investigation of a music specialist suspected of contaminating musical instruments with semen.

Responding to the probe, the Saugus Union School District in Los Angeles County sought help from parents to collect evidence in the investigation, which it said “is focusing on workshops where students made ‘flutes’ out of PVC pipe with a specific individual.”