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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday to offer her support after last month’s mass shooting, but some students panned the visit for failing to provide more access to student journalists.

On Tuesday, DeVos’ office said the visit would be closed to media “out of respect for the students and faculty” who returned for their first full day of class at the South Florida campus since the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead.

At a short news conference after the visit, DeVos said she met with “a small group of students that are having a particularly tough time.” She said their faces lit up when she asked them about the comfort dogs dispatched to their school.


For a while, the nation’s three largest school systems all were on the hunt for new leaders, but now Los Angeles has the only vacancy.


Hugh Hefner may have died, but the Gothic-Tudor facade of his famous Playboy Mansion will live on, thanks to a recent agreement between its new owner and the city of Los Angeles.

One of 13 siblings found living captive in a Perris home in January had posted a video of herself on social media days before she and her siblings were rescued, according to a new report.

Florida’s Senate on Monday narrowly passed a sweeping yet contentious bill to increase school safety and restrict gun purchases, nearly three weeks after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

  • Higher Education
  • California State University
  • University of California
  • Community Colleges
UC President Janet Napolitano, center, actively recruits students of color, but a study found an urgent need to diversify campus leaders.
UC President Janet Napolitano, center, actively recruits students of color, but a study found an urgent need to diversify campus leaders. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

California’s public colleges and universities face a “drastic disparity” in diversity between their undergraduates, who are overwhelmingly students of color, and their predominantly white faculty and campus leaders, a new study has found.

That mismatch can negatively affect student academic success and must be addressed, says the report by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles nonprofit.

“Our public colleges and universities have to do more than communicate that they ‘value’ diversity while tolerating its absence,” Michele Siqueiros, the nonprofit’s president, said in a statement. “We can no longer accept excuses that leave out African Americans, Latinx, Asians and women from faculty and leadership positions in our colleges and universities, especially when we know including them on our campuses is key to our students’ success.”

  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • University of California
  • Community Colleges
A rally at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City.
A rally at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

Coast Community College District officials said they were reviewing a viral video in which a professor told a Long Beach couple to “go back to your home country.”

L.A. Unified encourages educators to participate in a charity campaign and use it to help make students “civic minded.”

Coast Community College District officials said Monday they are reviewing how to proceed after a professor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach was identified in a video telling a Long Beach couple to "go back to your home country."


On Feb. 28, high school track coach and government teacher Bon Bennett stepped up to the microphone at the community center in Bartlesville, Okla., as hundreds of parents, students and teachers sat rapt in attention.

After a month of advocacy and efforts to reassure vulnerable students that filling out applications for financial aid would not put them at risk, the state has reached its goal for applications for aid under the California Dream Act, officials said Monday.

The act allows many students who are in the country illegally  — and those afforded temporary protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals —   to apply for financial aid packages available to others.

When officials saw applications were down last month — for the second year in a row — they enlisted college counselors, teachers and even DJ Khaled to convince more students to apply. They were concerned that immigrant families’ increasing distrust of the government was driving numbers down.