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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.

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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.

  • K-12
  • University of California
  • LAUSD
  • Community Colleges
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.

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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.

 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, holds tight to this one as he welcomes Richard A. Carranza.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, holds tight to this one as he welcomes Richard A. Carranza. (Ed Reed / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

New York’s dramatic search for a new schools chief has removed two big-name candidates from the pool of potential Los Angeles Unified candidates.

In California:

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.

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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.

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.