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University of California regents will not vote on a tuition increase next month, shelving the plan for now in hopes that state lawmakers will come through with more funding.

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Antonio Villaraigosa proposed rewarding public service with a year of free tuition.
Antonio Villaraigosa proposed rewarding public service with a year of free tuition. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A group of parents from the San Fernando Valley are criticizing L.A. Unified for what they call the district’s nontransparent superintendent search.

The L.A. County Office of Education wrote a letter to Pasadena Unified saying the district needs to cut $8.15 million from its 2019-2020 budget.

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In May 2016, two bottles tumbled off a poorly supported shelf and broke, leading to a chemical spill in a Sacramento State University lab.

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Naba Ahmed is editor in chief of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Mustang News.
Naba Ahmed is editor in chief of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Mustang News. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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California’s charter school enrollment is growing fast, especially in the big urban counties of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Contra Costa.

L.A. Unified is promoting Denim Day on Thursday, encouraging people to wear jeans as part of a campaign to prevent sexual violence.

Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her.

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Gubernatorial candidates Delaine Eastin, left, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang.
Gubernatorial candidates Delaine Eastin, left, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

El Camino Real Charter High School breaks down how to win a national Academic Decathlon.

L.A. School Report and the L.A. Daily News will partner with several nonprofits to host an education-focused forum for gubernatorial candidates on May 15.

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A UC Berkeley Senate campaign ad for Furry Boi, left, created by Stephen Boyle.
A UC Berkeley Senate campaign ad for Furry Boi, left, created by Stephen Boyle. (Stephen Boyle)

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District officials met Friday, but they emerged yet again without  having chosen LAUSD’s new superintendent.

El Camino Real has won the Academic Decathlon again.

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El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills has won the 2018 U.S. Academic Decathlon, officials said.

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L.A. schools superintendent candidate Andres Alonso got an endorsement Friday, but Austin Beutner and Vivian Ekchian also have supporters.
L.A. schools superintendent candidate Andres Alonso got an endorsement Friday, but Austin Beutner and Vivian Ekchian also have supporters. (Elizabeth Malby)

The Los Angeles Board of Education is reconvening in closed session Friday at noon as anticipation mounts about the choice of the next leader of the nation’s second-largest school system. The presumed front-runner is former investment banker and philanthropist Austin Beutner, but interim Supt. Vivian Ekchian and former Baltimore Supt. Andres Alonso also are in the running.

Most district insiders appear to be rooting for Ekchian, who has spent her entire career in education within the school system. After her 10 years as a teacher, her roles have included head of human resources, chief labor negotiator and regional administrator for campuses in the west San Fernando Valley. She’s managed the district since September, when then-Supt. Michelle King went on medical leave and chose Ekchian to fill in for her. King, who is battling cancer, never returned and announced her retirement in January.

Numerous influential civic leaders have urged — and pressured — the board to select Beutner. Also lending their weight have been advocates for charter schools, which are independently operated, growing in number and competing for students with district-operated campuses. Four of the seven board members — enough to control the outcome — were elected with major financial support from charter supporters.