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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. A UC San Diego student and “Dreamer” originally from Israel was arrested after he took a wrong turn into Mexico.
  2. Manual Arts High School was placed briefly on lockdown Thursday after a nearby officer-involved shooting.

In California:

  1. Schools across the state are preparing for the possible loss of students after the Trump administration announced it would revoke temporary protected status for thousands of Salvadorans.
  2. Early education advocates say they’re glad Gov. Jerry Brown increased funding for the state’s littlest learners in his latest budget proposal, but they say much more help is needed.

Nationwide:

  1. The U.S. Department of Education found that the Texas Education Agency has been violating a major special education law.
  2. Columbia University Teacher College’s former financial aid chief and three students face criminal charges amid accusations of running a financial-aid kickback scheme.
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On the day before Orr Yakobi’s final quarter at UC San Diego, he was arrested by border officials after his roommate took a wrong turn and drove into Mexico.

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Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to launch its first fully online public community college to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials gain skills for better jobs and greater economic mobility.

Ben Carson
Ben Carson (John Locher / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. School superintendents often don’t stay in place for long. A look at the churn, locally and nationally, as the school board starts considering a replacement for Michelle King.
  2. District officials praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.

In California:

  1. Brown’s budget proposes California’s first fully online community college.
  2. Education issues could be key in the state’s gubernatorial election.

Nationwide:

  1. Detroit’s school board voted to allow schools to be named after living people, which could lead to a school named for Ben Carson.
  2. Schools in Connecticut have opened their doors to students arriving from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Hartford has taken in nearly 400.
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  • University of California
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Students at Cal State Northridge
Students at Cal State Northridge (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. The L.A. Unified school board voted to keep Vivian Ekchian on as interim superintendent and move deliberately on a search for a permanent replacement.
  2. UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools aims to help local schools identify new strategies for improvement.

In California:

  1. Cal State officials, tasked with expanding their student body, are disappointed that Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to propose only a 3% budget increase.
  2. The state created a new advertising campaign for teacher recruitment.

Nationwide:

  1. This Vox project shows you whether and how your school district was gerrymandered to exclude certain kinds of students.
  2. A Louisiana teacher was handcuffed and arrested at a school board meeting.
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Meeting for the first time since Supt. Michelle King announced her retirement, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to name Vivian Ekchian — who has been filling in for King since October — as interim superintendent.

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark law that sends additional dollars to K-12 students from disadvantaged communities will meet its funding goals two years ahead of schedule under a budget proposal to be unveiled in Sacramento on Wednesday.

The governor’s budget, according to sources who spoke on the condition they not be identified, will commit to full financing of the Local Control Funding Formula at a cost that could be close to $2.6 billion in the fiscal year that begins in July.

  • Betsy DeVos
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • LAUSD
Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. As students return to L.A. Unified classrooms, the district stresses the importance of attendance.
  2. According to public records, L.A. Unified had only 12 unfilled teaching positions at the start of this school year.

In California:

  1. The Local Control Funding Formula — a relatively new education funding and accountability law — gets fully funded in Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal.
  2. The state’s colleges and universities plan to continue to ban marijuana on their campuses.

Nationwide:

  1. What the Trump era means for Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.
  2. More female and minority students are taking AP computer science classes.
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LAUSD Supt. Michelle King, who recently announced her retirement so she can focus on battling cancer
LAUSD Supt. Michelle King, who recently announced her retirement so she can focus on battling cancer (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Board of Education members face difficult decisions this week after the sudden retirement of L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King. The school board will meet Tuesday in closed session, its first gathering since King announced Friday that she has cancer and that she will not return to work following a four-month medical leave.

King’s departure and what comes next has raised questions about her legacy, the state of the school district and the path forward. People also are concerned about King, who is making a stunning, saddening exit from the scene after a term in office that began in January 2016 with widespread hope and good feelings.

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UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema examines a flamingo named Tiki.
UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema examines a flamingo named Tiki. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema opened her 7:30 a.m. staff meeting with a rundown of the day’s patients:

An armadillo, a tarantula, a western pond turtle, a thick-billed parrot, a flamingo, a baby bongo and a Wolf’s guenon monkey.

Gjeltema doesn’t treat the usual dogs and cats. Her veterinary practice is one of the most exotic in the world. A specialist in zoological medicine, she cares for the Sacramento Zoo’s animals. There are about 575 of them, representing nearly 130 species — from tiny whiptail scorpions to 1,500-pound giraffes.