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A Los Angeles teachers-union president responds to parents, angry about budget cuts and union security rules. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, recent events have increased alarm that a country with nuclear weapons is vulnerable to a Taliban-style Islamist revolution. We how worried Pakistanis and American experts really are.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Frances Anderton

Making News Is Pakistan Ripe for an Islamic Revolution? 25 MIN, 50 SEC

In Pakistan's Swat Valley on Sunday, the militant Islamist leader Sufi Mohammed bluntly defied the country's secular government and its system of laws. As to Pakistan's democratic institutions, he said, “supporting an infidel system is a great sin.”  He laid out a plan to bring what he called “a complete Islamic system” for the entire country.  His speech to a crowd of thousands was carried live on TV.

Guests:
Samina Ahmed, South Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group
Khadim Hussain, Organizer, Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy
Marvin Weinbaum, Senior Scholar, Middle East Institute
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)

Main Topic All Things Not Created Equal in Teacher Layoffs 25 MIN, 28 SEC

LA Unified has sent pink slips to thousands of teachers. Individual schools will receive a total of $270 million in federal stimulus money to buy back jobs as they see fit. But not every school will get the same amount of money. Title I schools, where 40% of the students are poor enough to qualify for the school lunch program, will get $1000 per teacher. Non-Title I schools will get $195. 

Guests:
Angel Zobel Rodriguez, Parent, Van Gogh Elementary School
Tanya Anton, Parent, Community Magnet Charter School
A.J. Duffy, Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Melisa Lauer, Teacher, Westminster Elementary School

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