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A trial now underway in an LA courtroom could make it easier to fire incompetent teachers, overturning years of established law. A high-powered legal team has been hired by a tech millionaire, who wants his kids and poorer and minority students to get a better education in public schools. If he wins, it could demonstrate the power of Silicon Valley culture to impact millions of people — for good or for ill. Also, something is wrong when law-makers become law-breakers. But why do we care if elected officials don't live in the districts they represent?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, a non-violent Palestinian offensive may be succeeding where Intifadas and rocket fire have failed.  The call for "boycott, divestment and sanctions," could damage Israel's economy with consequences for US efforts at peace and a "two-state solution."

 
Banner image: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy testifies in Vergara v. California

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper
Kareem Maddox

Elected Officials, Their 'Domiciles' and the Districts They Represent 11 MIN, 14 SEC

It's common knowledge among political junkies that local, state and federal officials don't live in their districts, even though they have to swear under oath that they do. Not all of them are prosecuted. The latest exception is Los Angeles Democrat Rod Wright, who could face eight years in prison after conviction of eight felonies, including voter fraud and perjury.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)

Education Reform and the Power of Silicon Valley 12 MIN, 32 SEC

California's teacher-tenure laws are under fire in a Los Angeles court room. In Vergara v. California, nine students, backed by a millionaire from Silicon Valley, claim quality education is damaged because it's so hard to fire bad teachers and that poor and minority kids are disproportionately affected. If that's the verdict, it could radically change the way public education is conducted. It could also be a demonstration of how a single individual can amplify his or her own views by strategically spending big money.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy (@Demos_Org)

Fortunes of Change

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