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Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies Harbor Teacher Prep Academy Bravo Medical Magnet High Social Justice Humanitas Academy Middle College High Daniel Pearl Magnet High Taft Charter High King/Drew Medical Magnet High Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Northridge Academy High 86% 85 84 82 82 81 80 79 79 77 2016 graduates enrolled Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies Harbor Teacher Prep Academy Bravo Medical Magnet High Social Justice Humanitas Academy Middle College High Daniel Pearl Magnet High Taft Charter High King/Drew Medical Magnet High Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Northridge Academy High 86% 85 84 82 82 81 80 79 79 77 L.A. Unified schools with highest college-going rates Data: abcdefg hijkl mnop qrstu vwxyz 1234 56789 Sonali Kohli @latimesgraphics Source: Los Angeles Unified School District

More students are graduating from Los Angeles Unified School District schools, but they’re not all going on to college.

Some district schools are more successful than others at getting their students to college. According to L.A. Unified data for the class of 2016 obtained by The Times, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies was the most successful comprehensive high school — 86% had enrolled in a two-year or four-year college by April 2017.

The data are from National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit education research organization that tracks students through college.

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(Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Friday rescinded controversial Obama-era guidelines that had prodded colleges and universities to more aggressively — some say too aggressively — investigate campus sexual assaults.

The decision left women's groups worried that victims of sexual assault will lose protections or face intimidation to remain silent, but critics of the former guidelines said the change could lead to a process that also considers the rights of those accused.

The department said it was withdrawing the Obama administration’s policy — which was spelled out in a 2011 letter to schools — because of criticism that it placed too much pressure on school administrators, favored alleged victims and lacked due process for people who had been accused of sexual assault.

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Berkeley students are worried about "Free Speech Week" interruptions.
Berkeley students are worried about "Free Speech Week" interruptions. (David Butow / For The Times)

Around Los Angeles:

  1. These are the 10 L.A. Unified high schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2016 graduates to college.
  2. A campus group says Milo Yiannopoulos will speak at Cal State Fullerton as planned, despite protests.
  3. This Orange County middle school bans cellphones at lunch. So students talk.

In California:

  1. The University of California system will chip in at least $300,000 to help UC Berkeley pay security costs for controversial speakers, including those at "Free Speech Week" later this month.
  2. On campus, Berkeley students are facing canceled classes and office hours, and they're not happy about it. 

Nationwide and beyond:

  1. The Mexican government announced there were no missing children trapped under a quake-collapsed school, after rescuers spent days searching for a 12-year-old girl who may never have existed.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education's inspector general audited Western Governors University and wants the online college to return federal financial aid to the tune of $713 million.
  3. These Miami fourth-grade students wrote about their experiences during Hurricane Irma.
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(Maya Avelar / HS Insider)

Chloe Hilles, a senior at Foothill Technology High School, argues ending DACA is not good for the country.

Eight hundred thousand peoples, including military personnel and civil servants, will be affected by the latest and cruelest decision by President Donald Trump – 800,000 who just so happened to be unlucky in their situation but took the initiative to better it.

Beginning in 2012, former President Barack Obama made the executive decision to grant young, undocumented immigrants opportunities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, colloquially known as DACA. Since its beginning, DACA has helped almost 800,000 teenagers and young adults who unwillingly entered the United States illegally with their family.

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St. John Chrysostom Catholic School in Inglewood
St. John Chrysostom Catholic School in Inglewood (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. L.A. County education officials are investigating a small public school district that has been enrolling Catholic school students.
  2. The county's Board of Supervisors approved a $3.9-million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit involving an assault on a minor in juvenile hall. 
  3. A charter school advocate's opinion on Ref Rodriguez. The view of the teachers union.

In California:

  1. Four former Redlands Unified students are suing the district, saying a teacher sexually harassed them — but they were told to keep quiet.
  2. Cal State's trustees approved a 2.5% salary increase for the system's chancellor.

Nationwide and beyond:

  1.  In Mexico City, the search continued for survivors in a three-story school that had collapsed, killing at least 25 people.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education could be doing a better job keeping track of colleges' financial health, according to a new report from the federal Government Accountability Office.
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Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez
Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez (Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles teachers union on Wednesday called for school board member Ref Rodriguez, who is facing felony charges, to resign from the L.A. Board of Education.

The union said in a statement that Rodriguez did not do enough by announcing Tuesday that he would step down as board president. 

"His decision to stay on the board runs afoul of the commitment needed for his elected position, to the students, parents and educators he is meant to serve," said the statement signed by the union's officers. "It is not reflective of a 'kids first' agenda he and his colleagues trumpet so often."

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Cal State trustees unanimously approved a salary increase for top executives at the end of a two-day meeting in which they also discussed budget shortfalls, enrollment growth and protections for immigration students.

The board of the nation’s largest public university system approved a 2.5% salary increase for Chancellor Timothy P. White, six vice chancellors and the system’s campus presidents.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County education officials have launched an investigation into fiscal and legal questions surrounding a small public school district that has been enrolling Catholic school students.

The inquiry centers on the Lennox Virtual Academy, an online school operated by the Lennox School District, which has about 5,000 students and is located near Los Angeles International Airport. Earlier this month, The Times reported that the district had entered into unorthodox partnerships with at least four Catholic schools, offering them money and free laptops in exchange for enrolling their students in the district’s virtual academy.

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(Redlands Police Department)

Four former high school students are suing the Redlands Unified School District, alleging they were sexually harassed and abused by a teacher but were told to keep quiet when they reported his behavior to school officials.

An administrator told one student in 2012 that then-Redlands High School math teacher Kevin Kirkland would be disciplined as long as she “did not go to the press,” according to the lawsuit filed this week in San Bernardino County Superior Court. The suit claims that district officials knew of problems with Kirkland dating back to 2006. In 2016, the district tried to dissuade a student from reporting the assault to police, according to the suit.

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Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks during a Board of Trustees meeting in July.
Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks during a Board of Trustees meeting in July. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Facing felony charges, L.A. Unified board president Ref Rodriguez said he would step down from the presidency but keep his seat on the board.

In California:

  1. Cal State faculty spoke out against what they called the "hasty" decisions to ease requirements.
  2. California's college students are borrowing less than their peers in almost all other states.

Nationwide:

  1. A South Carolina teacher asked students to explain the KKK's thinking.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education said it would end its collaboration with an arm of the government that served as a watchdog for student loans.