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Thirty-six LA schools were put up for grabs in what was billed as an effort at "bold reform." But 28 will be run by administrators and teachers who are already there. Are the Unions really agents of change, or did the School Board give in to political pressure? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, before Akio Toyoda took the stand, members of Congress asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood some of the questions Toyota owners want answered.  Subcommittee Chair Edolphus Towns asked about the sudden acceleration deaths of a California Highway Patrolman and members of his family.


Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Can Toyota Recover Its Image? 35 MIN, 56 SEC

Before hearing from the CEO of Toyota today, members of Congress grilled the Secretary of Transportation about why regulators were so slow to act on sudden acceleration. We hear about auto safety, Toyota's future and the economy of Japan.

Guests:
David Shepardson, Detroit News (@davidshepardson)
Rose Bayat, Vice President of Customer and Community Relations, Darcars Toyota
Matt DeBord, is Transportation Editor for Business Insider (@mattdebord)
Patrick Cronin, Center for a New American Security (@PMCroninCNAS)

Main Topic Does LA Unified Really Want School Reform? 16 MIN, 31 SEC

Mayor Villaraigosa says the LA Unified School District has delivered "a terrible blow to reform." The elected school board has given control of 36 new and underperforming schools mostly to groups organized by administrators and teachers who already work for the District. Only four went to charter operators and three to the Mayor's reform organization.  One charter operator says the move shows that "big labor has…control over these school board members." Yolie Flores, the board member who pushed for outside control, says some of her colleagues "are still beholden to unions."

Guests:
Monica Garcia, President of the Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
Yolie Flores Aguilar, Communities for Teaching Excellence (@itsyolie)
Mike Piscal, Founder and CEO, ICEF Public Schools

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