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A teacher at a Monterey County high school accidentally fired a gun in a classroom Tuesday afternoon during a lecture on “public safety awareness,” authorities said.

Dennis Alexander, who also serves as a reserve police officer with Sand City, discharged the weapon at Seaside High School about 1:20 p.m., according to the Seaside Police Department.

Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told the Salinas Californian that the teacher was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it.

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As a 16-year-old in high school and a student of history, Axel Ortega faces a tough choice on Wednesday morning: Does he walk out of class at Garfield to take a stand or stay put? And if he walks out, does he leave his East Los Angeles campus?

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When Betsy DeVos spoke to a group of education leaders in Washington, D.C., last week about her dissatisfaction with states’ efforts to satisfy a major education law, she gave California a subtle shout-out.

UCLA has posted video of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin being heckled by an audience at the university, footage that Mnuchin previously had demanded be kept under wraps.

A previously withheld video has been released showing the near-constant heckling of Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin during a moderated talk about the economy at UCLA.

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In an upper-level seminar on artificial intelligence, Occidental College professor Justin Li started a discussion outside the realm of a typical computer science class.

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.

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.

  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • 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.