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Beutner's first day, Cal State's budget, charter money in the governor's race: What's new in education

Today is Austin Beutner’s first day of school as superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school district. Charter school supporters are spending millions in an attempt to elect former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as governor of California.

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May. 15, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • California State University
  • LAUSD
  • Charter Schools

By Joy Resmovits

May 15, 2018 | 1:25 PM

Beutner's first day, Cal State's budget, charter money in the governor's race: What's new in education

New L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner chats with children at Cleveland Early Education Center on his first official day on the job. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Southern California:

Today is Austin Beutner’s first day as superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school district.

Charter school supporters are spending millions in an attempt to elect former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as governor of California.

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May. 15, 2018, 5:00 a.m.

    By Howard Blume and Anna M. Phillips

    May 15, 2018 | 5:00 AM

    On his first day as L.A. schools chief, Beutner plans a day of visits across the district

    L.A. Unified’s new superintendent, Austin Beutner, will kick off his first day of work on Tuesday with a choreographed tour of the nation’s second-largest school district, from the San Fernando Valley to Carson.

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    May. 15, 2018, 5:00 a.m.

      By Joy Resmovits

      May 15, 2018 | 5:00 AM

      Cal State trustees to discuss Brown's latest budget proposal, which they say still falls $171 million short

      Just how much money does California State University need to serve its students?

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      May. 15, 2018, 5:00 a.m.

        By Joy Resmovits

        May 15, 2018 | 5:00 AM

        Cal State trustees to discuss Brown's latest budget proposal, which they say still falls $171 million short

        Just how much money does California State University need to serve its students?

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        May. 14, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

          By Ryan Menezes and Seema Mehta

          May 14, 2018 | 1:47 PM

          Why a handful of rich charter school supporters are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa as governor

          California voters have seen a barrage of sunny television ads in recent weeks touting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s record on finances, crime and education, aired by Families & Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018.

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          May. 14, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

          • Betsy DeVos
          • K-12
          • LAUSD

          By Joy Resmovits

          May 14, 2018 | 10:02 AM

          Palmdale high school shooting, Beutner speaks, gubernatorial candidates talk schools: What's new in education

          Austin Beutner, center (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

          In and around Southern California:

          Newly appointed L.A. Unified Supt. Austin Beutner spoke to The Times’ education team.

          Embattled L.A. Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez has resigned from California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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          May. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

          • K-12
          • LAUSD

          By Anna M. Phillips

          May 14, 2018 | 7:48 AM

          Talking schools with L.A. Unified's new superintendent

          Al Seib / Los Angeles Times (Incoming L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner talks to students at Belmont High School.)

          Austin Beutner, who officially starts Tuesday as the new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is taking on a famously difficult job at a particularly difficult time. The school board is divided and did not back him unanimously. The nation’s second-largest school district has deep-seated problems, including declining enrollment, lagging academic achievement and rising pension and healthcare costs that eat away at its budget.

          The 58-year-old former investment banker and former L.A. Times publisher has years of experience in the financial world but none as an educator. Earlier this week, he sat down with the Times education team to discuss the challenges facing the district, which has about 60,000 employees and 500,000 students in traditional public schools. He did not talk about his plans — saying repeatedly, “stay tuned” — but he spoke in broad terms about his mindset in approaching the tough decisions ahead.

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          May. 11, 2018, 9:07 a.m.

            By Robin Abcarian

            May 11, 2018 | 9:07 AM

            The education of Bertha Perez: How a UC Merced custodian's disenchantment led to a political awakening

            It’s the third day of a three-day strike, and UC Merced custodian Bertha Perez is taking a break from a picket line at the university’s unremarkable entrance, an intersection with stop lights.

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            May. 11, 2018, 9:06 a.m.

              By James Queally

              May 11, 2018 | 9:06 AM

              Suspect detained, authorities search campus after reports of armed man at Palmdale high school

              One person has been detained after a report of an armed man at a Palmdale high school sparked a massive law enforcement response Friday morning.

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              May. 11, 2018, 8:58 a.m.

              • K-12
              • LAUSD
              • Charter Schools

              By Howard Blume

              May 11, 2018 | 8:58 AM

              Ref Rodriguez resigns from teacher credentialing commission

              Ref Rodriguez appears during a court appearance. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

              Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez has resigned from the state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which oversees the integrity and quality of California’s teachers.

              Rodriguez faces felony and misdemeanor charges for political money laundering. Separately, his former employer, a charter school organization, has accused him of improperly authorizing checks to a nonprofit under his control.

              Rodriguez has denied wrongdoing.

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