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Last night we explored the LA Times blockbuster education report on 6000 3rd through 5th grade elementary LA Unified teachers and a "value added" analysis of their success or failure. We spoke with the author of the Times series, the president of the teachers' union and the deputy superintendent of LAUSD. The elected LA School Board hasn’t been heard from until now... On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a local change in the weather does not make the case for global warming. But unprecedented events in many parts of the world might amount to convincing evidence of climate change, especially when they were predicted.

Third-graders at Morningside Elementary School in San Fernando listen to teacher Zenaida Tan. Photo: © Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Darrell Satzman

Main Topic Evaluating Our Teachers, Part 2 15 MIN, 58 SEC

Last night we heard about the Los Angeles Times blockbuster education report, the release of records on 6000 3rd through 5th grade elementary teachers and what's called a "value added" analysis of their success or failure based on student performance on standardized English and Math tests. We also heard A.J. Duffy, the President of the United Teachers of LA, call the process a "disgrace" and ask union members to boycott the paper.  But the Times plans to put all 6000 names and their on line, and today President Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan said parents have a right to know if their children's teachers are effective. California Education Secretary Bonnie Reiss said school districts should do the same thing on their own. The Times says those endorsements prove that the issue of teacher accountability is now bipartisan.

Guests:
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District (@lausd_zimmer)
Mike Piscal, Founder and CEO, ICEF Public Schools
Joan Herman, Director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, UCLA

Tracking Your School's Success

Dr. Joan L. Herman

Main Topic Views on Global Warming Change with the Weather 18 MIN, 7 SEC

Surveys show that public opinion on climate change quite literally shifts with the weather. Now there's a more persuasive kind of evidence. The recent spate of extreme weather -- flooding in Pakistan, Fires in Russia, landslides in China and unprecedented extremes in the US -- appears to confirm predictions made by earlier models of global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Dmitry Medvedev says it's "a wake-up call to all… heads of state." But, when it comes to tough decisions about industrial policy, skeptics are ahead of the game. The political will to take action is as variable as the weather. The world is getting warmer, whether industrial greenhouse emissions are the cause or not.  Is there need for some action before it's too late?

Guests:
Oliver Morton, Energy and Environmental Editor, The Economist
Gavin Schmidt, Climate Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Michael Hanlon, Science Editor, Daily Mail
Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University (@ecotone2)

Eternity

Michael Hanlon

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