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President Trump is pushing forward with a plan to arm teachers and improve background checks for gun purchases, but has retreated from his promise to raise the age limit to buy certain kinds of weapons, a move many see as caving to the National Rifle Assn.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday that there is “not much political support (to put it mildly)” for raising the age limit from 18 to 21 to purchase powerful rifles like the one used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month.

During a meeting with six students and families from the Florida high school in the White House last month, Trump pledged to be “strong” on increasing the age limit. A recent CNN poll found strong support for the idea, including among Republicans.

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The Los Angeles city attorney on Monday announced charges against two parents who kept unsecured guns in their homes and whose children threatened violence against their schools and peers, officials said.

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  • Betsy DeVos
  • K-12
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (Erik Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency)

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — who has been on the job more than a year — has been taking extensive criticism over an interview Sunday night on “60 Minutes” during which she appeared to stumble over answers.

In one exchange, DeVos, who has slammed America’s public schools as severely underperforming, said she hasn’t “intentionally” visited such schools in her home state of Michigan. When interviewer Lesley Stahl suggested that DeVos should visit more challenging schools, DeVos responded, “Maybe I should.”

When DeVos tried to argue that America’s public schools haven’t benefited from an infusion of money, Stahl pushed back, saying test scores have actually increased. DeVos defended her argument by saying America’s schools have stagnated relative to those of international competitors.

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  • University of California
  • LAUSD
Ismael Chamu, center, is set to graduate at the end of the year.
Ismael Chamu, center, is set to graduate at the end of the year. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Schools are preparing for Wednesday’s walkouts against violence.

L.A. Unified made sure 4,000 students didn’t have to pay the $60 fee for taking the SAT last week.

Ismael Chamu arrives at UC Berkeley after a 90-minute trip by foot and BART train.
Ismael Chamu arrives at UC Berkeley after a 90-minute trip by foot and BART train. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Ismael Chamu looks the part of a typical college student, with his backpack, black jeans and stylish fade haircut. But he bears extraordinary burdens.

In the last 18 months, he has slept on couches and floors, in trailers and attics. Since November, he and his 20-year-old brother Edward have rented the 20-foot-by-8-foot mobile home, parked in a Hayward driveway. His sisters joined them in January after their parents fell on hard times in the Central Valley and were forced to live in their car.

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When you’ve known each other nearly 80 years, you can’t be expected to recall every detail.

A sixth-grader died Tuesday after collapsing during a physical education class at Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes.

  • Betsy DeVos
  • K-12
  • school safety
Tom Torlakson, California's state superintendent of public instruction.
Tom Torlakson, California's state superintendent of public instruction. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

California’s top education official and more than 60 of the state’s top teachers have sent a message to President Trump: Guns do not belong in schools. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the large group of California Teachers of the Year wrote an open letter to Trump on Thursday, telling him that arming teachers is not the answer to school violence.

After the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., President Trump  suggested having teacher carry guns.

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  • University of California
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International Women's Day in Rome.
International Women's Day in Rome. (Alberto Pizzoli / AFP/Getty Images)

In and around Los Angeles:

Schools across L.A. are celebrating International Women’s Day.

Cal State Fullerton announced a $50,000 grant from Mercury Insurance for the women’s leadership program in its business school.

As Los Angeles schools and others this week observe the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts, when thousands of Mexican American students marched to demand a better education, much attention has focused on those who became known as the Eastside 13.