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KPCC submitted a survey to all 13 L.A. Unified School Board candidates. We asked them seven questions on a range of issues. Here's how they responded.
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Students still learning English in the L.A. Unified School District are becoming proficient in their new language at record levels. Statewide, the numbers are also up.

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Professor who called Barbara Bush 'an amazing racist' keeps Cal State job

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It came down to freedom of speech, according to Fresno State President Joseph Castro. He noted Randa Jarrar made the remarks in a "private capacity," even as he called her conduct an embarrassment.

Community colleges ramping up support for formerly incarcerated

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“Those offenders who then get transformed into college students and college graduates become role models for their children.”

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LAUSD superintendent search: The latest and why it matters

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The Los Angeles Unified School Board is in the final stages of selecting a new superintendent. Here's what you need to know about the search.

Cal State students dodge tuition increase

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Cal State's chancellor said he's shelving a proposal to raise student tuition. An improving economy may give the university system the funds it needs.

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CSU students won't see a tuition hike next year after trustees drop proposal

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Chancellor Timothy White says the country's largest university system will drop its proposal to consider raising tuition by $228 a year, which trustees had planned to discuss in May.

Indianapolis superintendent withdraws name from consideration to lead LAUSD

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While is doesn't make much of a difference to the half-million or so students at L.A. Unified schools who their superintendent is, the district's constant budget problems do affect those kids.

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More kids are getting access to pre-K in California, but it's largely quantity over quality

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More state leaders are putting funding into preschool programs, but the quality of those programs isn't keeping pace with the quantity, according to a new report.

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Ref Rodriguez filed two finance forms for 2014. They don't line up

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L.A. Unified School Board member Ref Rodriguez faces a long list of troubles. And it’s not just the criminal charges connected to his 2015 election campaign. New documents raise questions about whether red flags in Rodriguez’s alleged actions should have been caught.

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Who's paying for Garcetti's promise of a second free year of community college? The state, mostly

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A closer look at the L.A. mayor's plan to fund a second year of free community college tuition reveals mostly state funds at work, with some private fundraising.

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This California nonprofit turns discarded crayons into new ones for children’s hospitals

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An estimated 45,000 to 75,000 pounds of broken, worn-down crayons are dumped in U.S. landfills every year, according to the Crayon Initiative's website.

UC Irvine says no admissions snafu this year

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UC Irvine has hired a high ranking administrator to help fix last year's problems that led the campus to withdrawn hundreds of admissions.

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LAUSD students and celebrity alumni partnered to raise money for the arts

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The district budgeted $31.52 million for the arts this year, but arts education administrators say even that isn't enough. So, they're hosting a concert.

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Faculty union says they don't want a new online community college

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The opposition from faculty comes as Gov. Jerry Brown and other supporters of the college engage in a public campaign to frame the $120 million proposal as an urgent need.

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LAUSD will base some school spending on neighborhood shootings, asthma rates

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L.A. Unified officials will use nearly a dozen new factors to rank schools by their level of student need. Among the new metrics: grad rates, test scores, how many fights a school sees and even how well incoming students fared academically in their old schools.

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Here's yet another reason to read to your baby

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"Reading and play really does change the way your child approaches their feelings, their behavior and, ultimately, their readiness to learn," said researcher Alan Mendelsohn.

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