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English is a new language for 1.5 million California school children, but at least 20,000 are not getting any of the services required by federal law and the State Constitution. That’s from the state’s own records, according to a lawsuit being heard this week in Los Angeles. We’ll hear what’s at stake for kids, teachers and school districts failing to make the grade.

Also, a look back at Pacific Ocean Park, the amusement venue on the beach between Venice and Santa Monica. How did it bridge the gap between Frank Sinatra and Janice Joplin between the 1950’s and late 60’s?

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Producers:
Evan George
Claire Martin

Are California Public Schools Giving Up On Their Students? 18 MIN, 35 SEC

Some 20,000 California “students cannot afford to wait any longer.” That’s according to the US Justice Department, which has backed the ACLU in a lawsuit against the state’s elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torklakson, and the Department of Education. The 20,000 kids are English learners who, allegedly, are not getting any of the services required by federal law or the State Constitution.

Guests:
Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Gloria Mercado-Fortine, William S. Hart Union High School District
Ingrid Villeda, UTLA (@EducateLAnow)

Remembering Pacific Ocean Park 7 MIN, 23 SEC

From the late 50’s until the late 60’s, if you wanted music, dancing and amusement rides, you could go to Pacific Ocean Park on the beach between Venice and Santa Monica. A new book tells about its beginning and ending, and the futuristic, cutting-edge design that made it such a popular attraction. KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis went to the beach with the authors to hear all about it.

Guests:
Steve Chiotakis, Afternoon News Anchor (@RadioChio)

Pacific Ocean Park

Christopher Merritt

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