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Political leaders in Los Angeles want the city to join the nation in focusing hard on how to prevent violence on campuses in the wake of one of America’s deadliest school shootings.

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John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968.
John Ortiz addresses assembled students during the walkouts in 1968. (H.O. McCarthy / Herald-Examiner Collection)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. L.A. Unified is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 walkouts, but the district has told students they should stay on campus during a planned March 14 walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting.
  2. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin blocked the release of a video of students heckling him during his speech at UCLA. That only drew attention to the incident.

In California:

  1. Some state legislators want to add over $1 billion more for schools to what is proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget.
  2. A San Diego County teen was arrested on suspicion of posting a photo of a rifle made out of Legos with a threatening message on social media.

Nationwide:

  1. A look at the recent actions of Alberto Carvalho, the Miami school superintendent who, in the course of a couple of days, accepted and then publicly declined New York City’s top education post.
  2. Hundreds of school districts across the country already arm teachers. They’re mostly small and rural.
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Fifty years ago, Mexican American students in East L.A. high schools walked out of class and launched a historic movement protesting substandard conditions in their schools.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has blocked the release of a video that shows him being heckled at UCLA, causing the initially little-noticed incident to go viral.

Mnuchin was being interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host of the public radio show “Marketplace,” which focuses on news about business and the economy. About 400 people attended the free event Monday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, said Peggy McInerny, a university spokeswoman.

The University of California has slipped in the rankings of an annual global survey of higher education, escalating concerns that funding woes and growing international competition are beginning to erode the quality of the nation’s top public research university.

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Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968.
Members of the Brown Berets, left, listen to a speaker on June 9, 1968. (Herald-Examiner Collection / Los Angeles Public Library)

In and around Los Angeles:

The school walkouts 50 years ago, now being commemorated, were the first act of mass militancy by Mexican Americans in modern California history.

New York City reportedly selected Miami-Dade schools leader Alberto Carvalho as its new schools chancellor — pulling him out of the pool of potential candidates for L.A. Unified superintendent job.

Jesse Randall Davidson wasn’t a stranger, some mysterious threat from the outside. He was a bearded, bespectacled, 53-year-old social studies teacher and the play-by-play announcer for the football games at Dalton High School in northwest Georgia.

David Sanchez, second from left, founder of the Brown Berets, in 1968.
David Sanchez, second from left, founder of the Brown Berets, in 1968. (Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)

Teachers at Garfield High School were winding down classes for the approaching lunch break when they heard the startling sound of people — they were not sure who — running through the halls, pounding on classroom doors. “Walkout!” they were shouting. “Walkout!”

They looked on in disbelief as hundreds of students streamed out of classrooms and assembled before the school entrance, their clenched fists held high. “Viva la revolucion!” they called out. “Education, not eradication!” Soon, sheriff’s deputies were rumbling in.

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Lauren Hogg, 14, and brother David Hogg, 17, survived the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting.
Lauren Hogg, 14, and brother David Hogg, 17, survived the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting. (Jenny Jarvie / For The Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. L.A. Unified is holding a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 walkouts by students demanding educational justice.
  2. Candidates for the LAUSD superintendent job have two weeks to apply.

In California:

  1. Studies that take stock of just how well California’s schools are doing will come out in June, in advance of the state’s November elections.
  2. Five candidates are running for California’s top education spot.

Nationwide:

  1. Two weeks after a deadly school shooting, students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
  2. In the wake of the shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles.

For Isabela Barry, it was time. After two weeks of tears, vigils and funerals — reliving her and her classmates’ ordeal when a gunman rampaged through their school, killing one of her best friends — the 16-year-old was ready to go back to class.