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Starting this week, LAUSD is decriminalizing minor student infractions like vandalism or getting caught with cigarettes. The new policies are aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. Supporters say zero tolerance policies at schools were disproportionately targeting minorities and sending 11-year-olds into the juvenile justice system over trivial misbehavior. How will beleaguered school administrators handle the new cases?

Also, from the schoolyard to the backyard, environmental correctness collides with a beloved summer institution.

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Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

LAUSD to Reduce Arrest Rate on School Campus 17 MIN, 35 SEC

The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced new policies aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. This school year, LAUSD police will no longer issue citations for most on-campus fights and other minor infractions like vandalism or cigarettes.

Supporters say schools disproportionately target minority students for minor rule-breaking, and that young kids end up funneled into the juvenile court system rather than being dealt with on campus. Superintendant John Deasy supports the policy, saying the district is about graduation, not incarceration.

But how will school officials ensure that students and teachers stay safe, and do they have the resources to deal with students who get into trouble?

Guests:
Jennifer Medina, New York Times (@jennymedina)
Donna Groman, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Laura Faer, Public Counsel (@PublicCounsel)

Big Slip 'N Slide: A Water-Wasting Culprit or Easy Target? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

A huge 1000 foot Slip 'N Slide is planning to come to downtown LA. For one likely hot September day, kids and adults can pay to splash and swoop their way out of the inner city heat.

Sounds like a blast - but Slip 'N Slide naysayers are questioning if this is the right message for the city to send in the midst of California’s devastating drought. Everyone from the Department of Water and Power to the LA Times has weighed in on the wisdom of this day of watery fun in the sun.

Is the drought-shaming deserved? What about all those southern California swimming pools and water parks and golf courses?

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

More:
Should the City of 43,123 Swimming Pools Say No to “Slide The City”?
L.A. Recreational Water Use By the Numbers

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