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USC touted higher numbers of applications this year.
USC touted higher numbers of applications this year. (Los Angeles Times)

More students applied to USC for next year’s class than ever before, the school announced Friday.

USC received 64,000 applications, up 14% from last year. Officials said it was the biggest increase in two decades, with the exception of the year the Common Application was introduced.

“We’ve never had a harder time selecting which applicants to put in the classroom,” Timothy Brunold, USC’s dean of admission, said in a statement.

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Josie Hahn, who attends Polytechnic High in Long Beach, is not a survivor of a school shooting. Neither is Sofia Lizardi of Venice High or Edna Chavez of Manual Arts. But all three seniors are part of a movement that found full voice after a 19-year-old wielding a semiautomatic rifle killed 17 at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month.

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The California Supreme Court, reviving a lawsuit against UCLA, decided Thursday that the state’s colleges may be held liable for failing to protect students in the classroom from violence by classmates.

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Students walk out of Hamilton High School on March 14.
Students walk out of Hamilton High School on March 14. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Are you joining this weekend’s March for Our Lives? Tell us about your plans.

The Pico Rivera teacher criticized for bashing the military has been fired.

When administrators invited Lynnette Zelezny, a budding psychology lecturer at Cal State Fresno, to apply for a tenure-track job, she was excited — but there was a catch.

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A Pico Rivera teacher whose anti-military rant was caught on video and drew widespread condemnation has been terminated from his post, the school board president said.

On Saturday, demonstrations are planned across the country to protest government inaction on gun violence and mass shootings and to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month.

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Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Are the state and local districts, including L.A., hiding their lowest-performing schools?

In California:

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New Cal State Bakersfield president Lynnette Zelezny
New Cal State Bakersfield president Lynnette Zelezny (Fresno State University)

Cal State University trustees announced two new campus presidents Wednesday.

Lynnette Zelezny, 61, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State University, will be the first female president of Cal State Bakersfield. 

With her appointment, more than half of Cal State’s campuses now are led by women.

A proposal to help find spots for Cal State applicants who are shut out of the most popular campuses passed a key committee Tuesday at the trustees meeting in Long Beach.