NATIONAL: From Berkeley to Gainesville, applications surge…

The University of Florida makes a promise to its applicants: All essays they submit will be read at least twice. Every year, that becomes more challenging. About 35,000 prospective students applied to the state’s flagship school in Gainesville during the… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: DeVos In Charge, Teacher Well-Being And…

We cover education stories every day. But our most popular education news of the year came the day that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the U.S. secretary of education; our story that day was read nearly 1 million times. DeVos… Read full article at NPR

Elsinore’s James Checco is the HSGameTime…

Elsinore girls tennis coach James Checco doesn’t get many players with an extensive club background. What those players lack in experience, they make up for with hard work and a willingness to improve. Checco has turned the program into a… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

As Congress delays vote on DACA,…

At this modern-day phone bank at TODEC Legal Center in Coachella, eight young people are hunched over glowing laptops and cellphones. Some use Facebook and Snapchat to share pictures of House Speaker Paul Ryan's phone number. They ask their friends… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Students ride with the Riverside Transit…

RIVERSIDE – There’s never been a better time to be a young bus rider as back by popular demand, the Riverside Transit Agency has once again rolled out a special 25-cent fare for students until Jan. 7. Students in grades… Read full article at The Valley News

Western Municipal Water District provides scholarships…

Western Municipal Water District, which provides the water and wastewater services for Lake Elsinore and portions of Temecula and Murrieta, reached out to offer special scholarships to local college and university students studying for water-related careers. Since 2003, the scholarships… Read full article at The Valley News

Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center…

TEMECULA – Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula will be offering several college scholarships worth a cumulative $6,000 that can be applied for online, the organization said. The Michelle’s Place will offer two $1,000 scholarships to people who… Read full article at The Valley News

STATE: In this choir classroom, every gender…

For high school students who may be shy or might not feel like they fit in, the choir room can serve as a safe haven. But at Canyon High School, director of vocal music Ariel May is taking a step… Read full article at KPCC

NATIONAL: Couple killed after warning daughter of…

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A 17-year-old in northern Virginia is facing two counts of murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend's parents after the couple tried to get their daughter to stop dating him because of his suspected neo-Nazi views, according to… Read full article at KESQ News

Group submits signatures in effort to…

The first days of 2018 will determine whether voters have the choice to push Alvord school board member Joseph Barragan out of office. Months after launching an effort to recall the Alvord Unified School District trustee — whom they accuse… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise