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The White House is holding a summit today to look at how we deal with kids with behavior problems. Research has shown that taking students out of class—or kicking them out of school—feeds into the so-called “school to prison” pipeline. What’s a better way to deal with troubled kids? And for the first time since 2001, both the House and the Senate have passed new versions of No Child Left Behind. And that means more testing. How much is too much? And how does the Common Core figure into the testing landscape? Then, less than half of teens report having sex, according to a new study out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But here in L.A., there are more teen pregnancies among poor girls and Latina and black girls. Next, Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas trooper for failing to signal a lane change. Would the officer have pulled Ms. Bland over if she were white? Would he have threatened to “drag” her out of her car and “light her up?” Biases undermine every stage of our justice system, from police, to prosecutors, judges, and juries. Last month the Hollywood Reporter published evidence that Donald Trump may have paid actors to cheer him on at a rally. Trump has denied the claim, but he wouldn’t be the only political candidate who has used crowds-for-hire. In fact, it’s a booming business.

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Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Improving School Discipline 9 MIN, 26 SEC

The White House is holding a summit today to look at how we deal with kids with behavior problems. According to the Department of Education, more than 3 million students are suspended or expelled each year, and non-white, disabled and LGBT students are suspended at much higher rates than white kids. That’s a problem because research has shown that taking students out of class or kicking them out of school feeds into the so-called “school to prison” pipeline. What’s a better way to deal with troubled kids?

Guests:
Michael Thompson, Executive Director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. (@csgjc)

Changes to No Child Left Behind 8 MIN, 46 SEC

For the first time since 2001, both the House and the Senate have passed new versions of No Child Left Behind… two jumbo bills that, when reconciled, will set the tone for federal education policy in the US. And a lot of federal education policy revolves around testing. How much is too much? And how does the Common Core figure into the testing landscape?

Guests:
Anya Kamenetz, NPR (@anya1anya)

Teen Pregnancy on the Decline 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Less than half of teens report having sex, according to a new study out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Add that to recent studies that show that teen pregnancy is on the decline, and it looks like we’ve got a trend! Until you drill down a bit into the numbers. For instance, here in L.A., there are more teen pregnancies among poor girls and Latina and black girls.

Guests:
Julie Cederbaum, Professor at the USC School of Social Work.

Unconscious Bias in the Justice System 12 MIN, 44 SEC

Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas trooper for failing to signal a lane change. A police dashcam video released yesterday shows the increasingly hostile encounter. Would the officer have pulled her over if she were white? Would he have threatened to “drag” her out of her car and “light her up?” Biases undermine every stage of our justice system, from police to prosecutors, judges, and juries.

Guests:
Adam Benforado, Law professor at Drexel University. His new book is Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice

Unfair

Adam Benforado

Political Crowds-For-Hire 7 MIN, 49 SEC

Last month the Hollywood Reporter published evidence that many of the supporters cheering on Donald Trump when he announced his candidacy may have been paid actors. Trump has denied the claim, but he wouldn’t be the only political candidate who has used crowds-for-hire. In fact, it’s a booming business.

Guests:
Adam Swart, CEO of Crowds on Demand

More:
Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement

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