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In this era of political polarization, public school teachers are getting heat from both sides: leftist reformers and right-wing union busters. We hear how demoralized teachers are responding to some of the harshest attacks. Also, President Obama says Gadhafi must go. On Reporter's Notebook, Presidents Obama and Calderón address free trade, organized crime and other issues.

Banner image: Patricia Fairclough, a reading coach teacher and the 2010 teacher of the year, joins a protest against possible cuts in funding for arts programs in the schools on March 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper

Making News Obama says Gadhafi Must Go 7 MIN, 41 SEC

At a joint news conference with Mexico's President Felipe Calderón, Barack Obama had harsh words for Moammar Gadhafi, saying that Libya's President had "lost the legitimacy to lead" and must leave, adding that "the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met." Spencer Ackerman blogs at the Danger Room at Wired magazine.

Guests:
Spencer Ackerman, Wired magazine

Main Topic Education, State Finance and Teacher Bashing 37 MIN, 27 SEC

The top priority for most Americans is education, and public school teachers around the country say the past two years have been a nightmare. Reformers, from the President on down, are pushing to abolish seniority, hold teachers accountable for student performance and even close some schools altogether. Has that paved the way for teachers to become punching bags for Republican Governors who want to balance budgets and bust public sector unions? Will bashing teachers improve education? Are they being scape-goated for conditions they didn't create and can't change?

Guests:
Kay McSpadden, English Teacher, York Comprehensive High School
Lisa Graham Keegan, Founder, Education Breakthrough Network
Diane Ravitch, New York University (@DianeRavitch)
Leonie Haimson, Founding Member, Parents across America

Notes from a Classroom

Kay McSpadden

Reporter's Notebook Obama Meets Mexico's President Calderon 5 MIN, 43 SEC

The presidents of Mexico and the United States met in Washington today to try to improve relations the two countries, which have suffered over the release of US diplomatic cables critical of Mexico's handling of its drug war and last month's murder of an American law enforcement officer on a busy Mexican highway. At a joint press conference, President Obama pledged to stand with President Calderón in that country's bloody drug war. Eric Olson is a senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Guests:
Eric Olson, Wilson Center (@eric_latam)

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