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"Race to the Top" gets less than 1% of education spending, but President Obama calls it "the most ambitious program in decades."  We talk to the head of the Race to the Top Fund and others about teacher accountability, charter schools and equity for minority children. Also, BP's new CEO says it's time to scale back Gulf clean-up efforts, and it's been called the wedding of the year, the century, and even the millennium. The only people invited are actually known to Chelsea Clinton. We hear about this Sunday's event in Rhinebeck on the Hudson.

Banner image: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Urban League Centennial Conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, July 29, 2010. Official White House photo: Chuck Kennedy

Producers:
Julia Flucht
Katie Cooper
Darrell Satzman

Reporter's Notebook News Blackout Doesn't Curb Media Frenzy over Clinton Nuptials 7 MIN, 22 SEC

The FAA has declared a no-fly zone over the Astor Courts Estates on the Hudson River, the port-a-potties are said to be worth $15,000 apiece., and guests weren't notified until a week in advance that Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Mezvinsky would be held in Rhineland, New York this coming Sunday. New York magazine's contributing editor Doree Shafrir says the secrecy has been more like "a giant military operation than a wedding."

Guests:
Doree Shafrir, Contributing Editor, New York magazine

Main Topic Is 'Race to the Top' Producing Education Reform? 35 MIN, 49 SEC

On Monday, 18 states and the District of Colombia were named finalists in Round Two of the Obama Administration's "Race to the Top" in education. But yesterday, the President was defending against attacks from an unlikely source: civil rights groups concerned about the emphasis on competition. Teachers and some union leaders have also complained about efforts to hold them accountable for their students' performance.  The $4.3 billion program is less than 1% of what's spent every year on K-12 education. Can it give states the help they need to prepare kids for the global economy? We talk with the head of the Race to the Top Fund and others.

Guests:
Joanne Weiss, Chief of Staff, US Secretary of Education
Donna Harris-Aikens, Director of Education Policy and Practice, National Education Association
Sandi Jacobs, Vice President, National Council on Teacher Quality
Michael Petrilli, Thomas Fordham Foundation (@MichaelPetrilli)

Making News New BP CEO says Gulf Clean-up Efforts to Be Scaled Back 7 MIN, 47 SEC

In Beloxi, Mississippi today, BP's new CEO said it's time to "scale back" the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico.  But Bob Dudley said BP is still fully committed to make things right. Harry Weber was in Beloxi for the Associated Press.

Guests:
Harry Weber, Reporter, Associated Press

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