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With schools laying off teachers in record numbers nationwide, Education Secretary Arne Duncan says administrators and union leaders must get along.  But in Los Angeles, that may not happen. The teachers' union, UTLA, plans to appeal a court ruling that spares troubled schools from the principle of "last hired, first fired." Is it a way to keep the best young teachers on board or a way to save money by getting rid of the most experienced and most expensive? We hear from the new Superintendent, union leaders and a parent-activist. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in Wisconsin, the dispute continues between a new Republican Governor and almost all public workers.  Will it spread to other states?  Is it part of a national campaign to prevent government employees from forming unions?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Main Topic The State of LA's Public Schools 26 MIN, 26 SEC

President Obama's Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, told a recent labor-management conference that, in these very tough economic times, school districts and teachers' unions can solve problems best by working together. In Los Angeles, that idea may be facing a major test. Late last month, LA Unified, the state and the ACLU settled a lawsuit by agreeing that when layoffs are required 45 of the district's lowest-performing schools will not be subject to the rule that the most recently hired teachers must be the first to go. 

Guests:
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
A.J. Duffy, Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Arielle Zurzolo, President, Asociacion de Maestros Unidos
Bill Ring, TransParent

Main Topic Wisconsin and the Rights of Government Employees 25 MIN, 51 SEC

Wisconsin's public employee unions say they've agreed to Republican Governor Scott Walker's proposed increases in pension and healthcare contributions. But they're into the second week of protests over his demand that collective bargaining rights be limited. 

Guests:
Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@DeanBaker13)
Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity
Andy Kroll, Reporter, Mother Jones (@AndyKroll)
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal (@HotlineJosh)

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Dean Baker

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