Education

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Budget plan preserves transitional kindergarten, adds preschool spots

The final budget plan rejected an initial proposal to consolidate all of the state's early childhood funding into a block grant.

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Occidental didn't respond promptly to sexual assault cases, feds say

However, investigators concluded that aside from some specific cases, the small, private liberal arts college did not violate federal civil rights statutes.

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More than 6 million US students are 'chronically absent'

Thirteen percent of all students and nearly 20 percent of high school students are missing more than 15 days of school a year, according to the latest numbers.

Minority students are the new majority in US public schools

In 2014, public school students of color outnumbered non-Hispanic white students for the first time. Public school teachers, though, are still 80 percent white.

Artists step in to reimagine spaces for juvenile offenders

As L.A. County phases out the use of solitary confinement for minors, the arts are becoming a tool for reimagining those units and shifting the culture overall.

UCLA launches task force on campus safety after shooting

Students and administrators at UCLA are examining campus safety after a murder-suicide earlier this month that left a beloved engineering professor dead.

Sizing up apps that aim to give parents 'superpowers'

A new wave of educational technology focuses on building family connections. Here's a look at two new approaches.

UTLA, charter network both claim wins in teacher union case

A judge ruled LA's largest charter school chain was wrong to block teachers union reps from its campuses. But the judge rejected some of the union's arguments, too.

The civil rights problem in US schools: 10 new numbers

Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately suspended, expelled, and have unequal access to education, according to the latest Civil Rights Data Collection.

LAUSD, teachers union find harmony on teacher evaluations

In years past, evaluations caused bitter divisions between UTLA and the district. But the latest round of talks went off without a hitch. What's changed?

LAUSD shortchanging funding for high-needs students, state says

In siding with activists' complaints, the state has thrown a multi-million-dollar curveball into the late stages of L.A. Unified's budget process.

Coding while black: Hacking the future of the tech industry

Silicon Valley has a diversity problem. In Atlanta, black techies are working to diversify the industry's future.

UCLA shooting raises concern for training on student aggression

Professors say they see UCLA shooting as a sign to look out for students in distress. Some campuses are increasing their mental health services and outreach.

Politics in real life: the struggle to pay for college

Loans and grants often aren't enough to cover all the expenses of a college education. For many students the struggle to afford school means long work hours and even skipping meals.

High school suspensions cost nation $35B annually, report estimates

Suspended students more often drop out of school, says the report from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. And that imposes broad social costs.

Should school staff get unemployment during the summer?

The Assembly is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to give unemployment benefits to janitors, cafeteria workers and other classified staff during the summer, when there isn't much work.