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CNN is reporting that the Trump administration is planning to end "Let Girls Learn," a signature Michelle Obama program. 

The White House has denied that this is the case.

Obama started the program in 2015 as "a holistic approach to change the perception of the value of girls at the individual, community and institutional levels," according to its website. The intergovernmental initiative engaged partners such as the Peace Corps to help girls across the globe access education, healthcare and other resources.

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  • Higher Education
Francisco Sousa
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San Diego State University has agreed to pay $10,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who said he was suspended and wrongly accused of sexual assault.

Francisco Sousa was a 20-year-old foreign exchange student from Portugal when he was arrested by SDSU police Dec. 9, 2014, and charged with sexually assaulting and imprisoning a woman near campus.

About a dozen reports of sexual assaults had been reported in the area that semester, and there had been a heightened awareness of the problem across the nation.

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Los Angeles Unified school officials want students to be active this May Day — but through conversation inside the classroom, not protests in the streets.

A number of organizations, including the L.A. Unified teachers union, urged the district to close schools Monday so that teachers and students could march. The district decided last month to keep them open.

Los Angeles Unified school officials want students to be active this May Day — but through conversation inside the classroom, not protests in the streets.

A number of organizations, including the L.A. Unified teachers union, urged the district to close schools Monday so that teachers and students could march. The district decided last month to keep them open.

Children stump for parent-trigger laws at a news conference held next to Desert Trails Preparatory Academy in 2013.
Children stump for parent-trigger laws at a news conference held next to Desert Trails Preparatory Academy in 2013. (Los Angeles Times)

An appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that the state’s controversial parent-trigger law could be used to convert Palm Lane Elementary in Anaheim from a traditional campus to a charter school.

The decision by a three-judge panel from the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal could embolden hesitant charter advocates and parents to try the trigger process at other schools, even though serious questions remain about when the law would apply and how.

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Two middle school teachers from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima were the first in line to score tickets for the L.A. run of “Hamilton.” They arrived at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre at 11 a.m. Saturday armed with portable chairs and waited for the box office to open at 10 a.m. Sunday, at which point an estimated 1,500 fans formed a line.

The teachers’ goal: to get seats for six students who are obsessed with the show. By 10:11 a.m. they walked down Hollywood Boulevard with 12 tickets.

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Remember how we told you, on Friday, that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was scheduled to appear Monday at a school in the San Fernando Valley?

Well, that's no longer true. The U.S. Department of Education sent reporters an email Sunday saying the appearance has been canceled "due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict."

What was the conflict? Did she want to avoid the May Day marches downtown? We've asked, but have yet to receive a response. We'll keep you posted.

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Donald Trump's U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is in California, a.k.a Resistance Central.

On Friday, she visited North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, the site of a shooting earlier this month. She spoke with students, teachers and the families of the special-needs teacher Karen Smith and 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, who were killed in the shooting, and 9-year-old Nolan Brandy, who was injured.

The visit was closed to media.

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Celerity Dyad Charter School (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The embattled Celerity charter school group is in danger of losing accreditation for its campuses, according to a warning letter issued to the organization this week by the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges.

The warning is the latest bad news for Celerity Educational Group, which has insisted to parents that all is well despite questions about its financial practices

In January, agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security raided Celerity’s headquarters, confiscating computer equipment and records. The network is also under investigation by the inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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  • University of California
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Authorities expected violence. They issued warnings to those in the Berkeley area to steer clear of the fray. Behind face shields and helmets, they lined the streets, girding themselves for disorder.

But Thursday’s anticipated showdown incited by an invitation for Ann Coulter to speak at the campus turned out to be more of a shouting match than a melee, with little physical confrontation.