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Transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose case the Supreme Court recently vacated.
Transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose case the Supreme Court recently vacated. (Associated Press)

Shortly after President Donald Trump's inauguration, the administration made waves by revoking President Barack Obama's guidance for transgender students.

The Obama guidelines required schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms according to their stated gender identity, or provide them with private facilities.

At the time, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that such students do receive civil rights protections, and that her office would be releasing an update on how they could be implemented.

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Transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose case the Supreme Court recently vacated.
Transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose case the Supreme Court recently vacated. (Associated Press)

Shortly after President Donald Trump's inauguration, the administration made waves by revoking President Barack Obama's guidance for transgender students.

The Obama guidelines required schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms according to their stated gender identity, or provide them with private facilities.

At the time, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that such students do receive civil rights protections, and that her office would be releasing an update on how they could be implemented.

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The state's new budget includes language that is friendly to unions. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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The state's new budget includes language that is friendly to unions. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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As Corinthian Colleges Inc., ITT Technical Institute and other for-profit schools collapsed in recent years, the Obama administration overhauled regulations to make it easier to forgive loans for stranded students and to try to prevent future abuses.

Now, the Trump administration is suspending those rules, which had been set to go into effect July 1. The Department of Education, under Secretary Betsy DeVos, also is launching an effort to rewrite the rules.

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The U.S. Department of Education is telling civil rights investigators that they can limit the scope of their work, according to an internal memo uncovered by ProPublica. 

The department also is circulating an internal memo that applies similar standards to cases involving transgender students — and encourages case officers to assess each on its own. 

The memo regarding transgender students lists specific instances where officers could have "subject matter jurisdiction," such as failure to use a student's preferred pronoun or a school or district's failure to fix an environment that is hostile toward transgender students. Investigations into  transgender students  being denied the right to use the bathrooms of their choice is not on that list — and the memo states that based on jurisdiction, some complaints might go forward while others, involving bathrooms, might be dismissed.

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(Erik Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency)

The U.S. Department of Education is telling civil rights investigators that they can limit the scope of their work, according to an internal memo uncovered by ProPublica. 

The department also is circulating an internal memo that applies similar standards to cases involving transgender students — and encourages case officers to assess each on its own. 

The memo regarding transgender students lists specific instances where officers could have "subject matter jurisdiction," such as failure to use a student's preferred pronoun or a school or district's failure to fix an environment that is hostile toward transgender students. Investigations into  transgender students  being denied the right to use the bathrooms of their choice is not on that list — and the memo states that based on jurisdiction, some complaints might go forward while others, involving bathrooms, might be dismissed.

Dr. Dre, center, with hands in pockets, views a model of the planned performing arts complex.
Dr. Dre, center, with hands in pockets, views a model of the planned performing arts complex. (Compton Unified School District)

Dr. Dre has pledged to donate $10 million to help build a performing arts complex at the new Compton High School, the Compton Unified School District told The Times on Thursday. 

“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement to The Times. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”

The complex will provide students with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including digital media production facilities and a 1,200-seat theater.

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Seven people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion Thursday at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day, local officials said.

The blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, which struck at 4:50 p.m., was under investigation, the Xuzhou city government in Jiangsu province said on its microblog.