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Fifteen charter schools got a new lease on life today with $10.5 million from Richard Riordan, Eli Broad and other local philanthropists. ICEF Public Schools will now be able to stay open, with the aim of getting inner city kids into top colleges. We hear about academics and enrichment programs from motivated students and inspiring teachers. But, does ICEF cherry pick the best students, making the job of traditional public schools that much harder? With all that outside money, are they still community based?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, House Democrats say they won't let President Obama make what they call "another mistake," and have voted to hold up his deal with Republicans. Where does that leave tax cuts, unemployment benefits and the President's leadership?


Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Obama Tax-Cut Deal with GOP Faces Opposition from House Dems 25 MIN, 54 SEC

Supporters of President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans are calling it another stimulus measure.  Democrats say Vice President Biden told them it's a "take it or leave it" deal.  But today the House caucus voted not to debate it in its present form.

 

 

Guests:
Dan Balz, Washington Post (@danbalz)
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation (@KatrinaNation)
Rick Newman, Yahoo Finance (@rickjnewman)

Main Topic Benefactors Bail Out ICEF Charter Schools 25 MIN, 33 SEC

Fifteen charters schools that were about to go out of business got a $10.5 million bailout today. After Mike Piscal founded the Inner City Education Foundation in 1994, it earned a good reputation but, despite that, it’s been on the verge of bankruptcy.  Now ICEF schools will stay open, thanks to $2 million each from Eli Broad and Palmer Murray of the Otis Booth Foundation, with additional contributions from several others. Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has come up with $2.2 million.  He’s chair of the ICEF Board.

Guests:
Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles (@RichardJRiordan)
Rick Pratt, Assistant Executive Director, California School Boards Association
Katie Cooper, Producer, To the Point/Which Way, LA?
Caprice Young, Los Angeles Charter School Board (@capriceyoung)

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