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Does California law make it too easy for bad teachers to get tenure and too difficult for them to be fired, or are legal protections necessary to attract good teachers and keep them on the job? Does the implementation of current law deprive minority kids of their equal right to a good education? After two months of arguments, a local judge is considering those questions in a case with long-term consequences for teachers’ unions and the public school system. Also, we visit the nerve center of Los Angeles traffic control. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, Turkey, which the US calls a stable Democracy, is increasingly polarized, as demonstrated by this weekend’s local elections. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is promising to increase his crackdown on the political opposition — which includes a former ally who lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania. We look at the potential repercussionsfor the Middle East, Europe and for America's interests.

 

Banner image: Clotee Allochuku

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Caitlin Shamberg
Mike Kessler
Gideon Brower

Inside the City's Traffic Nerve Center 7 MIN, 25 SEC

KCRW's Kajon Cermak, LA's leading authority on local freeways, drops by to talks about the magic behind local traffic control, and Gideon Brower visits the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control Center.

Guests:
Kajon Cermak, Board Operator & Traffic Queen, All Things Considered (@KajonKCRW)
Gideon Brower, Independent Producer (@GideonLA)

Bad Teachers, Minority Students and the Constitution 17 MIN, 37 SEC

It's now up to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu to decide a case brought by Students Matter, a group funded by Silicon Valley businessman David Welch. He hired two nationally known attorneys to represent nine mostly minority kids, claiming California's teacher protection laws give some students a better education than others.  One witness was LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy, who compared a school in Encino to one in South Los Angeles by observing, "we have not struck down the wall of educational apartheid in this country."

Guests:
Ted Boutrous, Gibson Dunn (@BoutrousTed)
Warren Fletcher, United Teachers Los Angeles (@utlanow)
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

More:
Blume on trial over teacher protection laws
UTLA on Vergara v. California

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