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  • Betsy DeVos
  • K-12
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President Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos 300 days to look over previous administrations' actions in search of government overreach in K-12 education.

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that, according to Rob Goad, a senior Department of Education official, strikes down "top-down mandates that take away autonomy and limit the options available to educators, administrators, and parents."

The language seem aimed at the Obama administration, which used funding competitions and the enforcement of civil rights law to have an outsized impact on education nationwide. The Trump administration already has begun rolling back some Obama initiatives, such as protections for transgender students. DeVos' staff is creating a task force aimed at curtailing and repealing regulations they deem to be overstepping local control of schools.

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  • Higher Education
  • University of California
Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter (T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images)

The on-again, off-again speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley appears to be off again.

Coulter told the New York Times in an email Wednesday that she was unlikely to do the speech because local law enforcement and the university could not guarantee her safety amid fears of violent protests.

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(United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide - Los Angeles)

Genocide – the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

April 24 is always the most difficult day of the year for me. April 24 is the day recognized by Armenians as Armenian genocide remembrance day. It’s the day we stay home and hear our grandmothers silently weep and our grandfathers tremble as they share what was shared to them by their fathers and uncles. It’s the day Armenians fill into the streets of their countries and protest ignorance. They walk until their feet are numb and their tears have long dried on their cheeks. Except, they’re not crying anymore.

As someone from Armenian descent, this day has a lot of weight in my heart. The Armenian genocide was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians. From 1915 to 1923, Armenians were deported from their homes, split from families, deprived of food and water, led on death marches, raped, drowned, sent to concentration camps, and slaughtered. You may have never heard of this event. 1.5 million people were massacred in the most brutal of ways and a crime against all of mankind was committed. So, why?

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
A leaflet on the UC Berkeley campus.
A leaflet on the UC Berkeley campus. (Associated Press)

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has told UC Berkeley student groups that she intends to speak on campus Thursday, leaving the consequences of her controversial appearance to be decided by university police, demonstrators and counter-protestors.

On the heels of three violent clashes this year between extreme left and right groups, administrators sought at first to cancel, then delay Coulter’s appearance.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
Legislators have complained for years that the semi-independent UC system is not transparent with its finances
Legislators have complained for years that the semi-independent UC system is not transparent with its finances (David Butow / For The Times)

The examination had been requested by legislators who have complained for years that the semi-independent UC system is not transparent with its finances.

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  • Betsy DeVos
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • University of California
  • LAUSD
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UCLA campus (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A new vending machine at UC Davis dispenses emergency contraception.
A new vending machine at UC Davis dispenses emergency contraception. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Students at UC Davis can purchase emergency contraception from a campus vending machine.

The machine, installed at the school’s Activities and Recreation Center over spring break, dispenses the morning-after pill as well as condoms, pregnancy tests, tampons and over-the-counter medication such as Advil.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
UCLA campus
UCLA campus (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The administration of the University of California system pays top workers salaries significantly higher than the pay of similar state employees, has provided millions of dollars in benefits not typical to the public sector and failed to disclose to the Board of Regents and the public that it had $175 million in budget reserve funds, a state audit found Tuesday.

The audit triggered a dispute with UC President Janet Napolitano, who said charges of hidden funds were false.

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A leaflet is stapled to a message board near Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
A leaflet is stapled to a message board near Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Will Ann Coulter speak at UC Berkeley this week?

It’s a question that has consumed the university for weeks and on Monday actually sparked a federal lawsuit from College Republicans who had invited the conservative author to speak.

  • Betsy DeVos
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  • K-12
  • University of California
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