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LAUSD's SEIU Local 99 workers
LAUSD's SEIU Local 99 workers (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. A union representing L.A. Unified’s non-teaching employees announced Monday that members would vote on whether to strike.

In California:

  1. Sure, more California students are graduating from high school — but college completion rates aren’t keeping up, a new study finds.
  2. Some of California’s struggling college students can get micro grants to help keep them keep going.


  1. Conservative lawmakers in Arizona take direct steps to try to counterbalance what they see as too much liberalism on college campuses. 
  2. Schools stay closed in West Virginia as teachers continue their strike.

The union that represents Los Angeles school cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians announced Monday that it will hold a vote to authorize a strike.


The Supreme Court handed President Trump a significant defeat Monday, turning down the administration’s plea for a quick ruling on the president’s power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers.

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Nicholas Dirks
Nicholas Dirks (D. Ross Cameron / Associated Press)

Four years ago, Nicholas Dirks left a top job at Columbia University for the chancellorship of UC Berkeley, the nation’s top public research university. It was not a smooth ride. He faced crisis after crisis: a critical budget deficit, sexual harassment scandals, a free-speech riot, personal controversy and declining faculty confidence in his leadership. He stepped down in 2017.

Now the specialist in South Asian studies is writing a book about the history and future of the university and has returned to the classroom to teach an undergraduate seminar on the subject. He also has joined a venture to create an international school system, starting with campuses in the U.S. and China. Dirks spoke to The Times about his bumpy tenure as chancellor and his feeling that universities and the American Dream are under assault.

Amy Guerrero said she started getting randomly searched at her Koreatown middle school, Young Oak Kim Academy, when she was 12 years old.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the response to the Parkland school massacre, as questions mounted over the Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of the shooting.

For the Los Angeles Unified School District, the $37-million Cafe L.A. project at first seemed like a stunning success. In about 18 months, 64 school cafeterias had been gutted and transformed so that students could be served faster — with more time to eat and more healthy options to choose from.

Then the district’s auditors took a look at the books and concluded that the construction had come at too high a cost.

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UC Berkeley students speak out against a proposed tuition increase at a Board of Regents meeting in January.
UC Berkeley students speak out against a proposed tuition increase at a Board of Regents meeting in January. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

University of California students plan to lobby state legislators Tuesday for more state funding in order to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year. 

Students from UC campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego say they will speak out at an Assembly hearing Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento, demanding that state legislators reinvest in the 10-campus public research system. The state share of per-student funding has plummeted from $19,100 in 1990-91 to about $7,160 in 2016-17, according to UC data. 

Meanwhile tuition and fees have more than tripled over the last 15 years, rising to $12,630 for California students in 2017-18 after the UC Board of Regents approved the first increase in seven years. Regents were set to vote on another increase in January, but pressure by students and some board members led them to put off a decision until May to allow more time to lobby for more state funds.


Inside the well-worn choir room at Van Nuys High School, a scuffed-up old grand piano rumbles as composer David O pounds out slow, bluesy chords.

Alysia Evans’ son was 4 in 2013, when a man went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, killing five people before officers killed him. Her son was in preschool a few blocks from Santa Monica College, where the attack came to an end.