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School reformers complain it's too easy to hire teachers and too hard to fire those who aren't up to the job. Teachers say tenure and seniority are needed protections. Today, that fight reached a Los Angeles courtroom, with reformers charging that state laws deprive poor and minority kids of their right to an education. We hear from both sides and look at the local and national implications. Also, Neel Kashkari ran TARP, the Toxic Assets Relief Program, for Presidents Bush and Obama. We ask him if his campaign for Governor is more about Jerry Brown or "the soul of the Republican Party?"

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Ukraine is a divided country, caught between the European Union and Russia's efforts to create new ties with former Soviet countries. We update this weekend's violent protests and government concessions, and hear why Ukraine matters to Russia, the US and the global economy.

 

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Caitlin Shamberg
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Rights of Teachers and Students: Can a Judge Find Balance? 16 MIN, 7 SEC

The fight over education reform went to court today in Los Angeles. State laws, backed by teachers' unions, are accused of violating the State Constitution — by depriving kids of the right to a good education — especially poor and minority children. Students Matter, a nonprofit backed by a Silicon Valley millionaire, has sued the state, including the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Guests:
Katharine Strunk, USC Rossier School of Education (@USCRossier)
Joshua Pechthalt, California Federation of Teachers (@CFTUnion)
Terry Moe, Stanford University (@Stanford)

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Terry M. Moe

Reporter's Notebook Neel Kashkari Running for Governor 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Neel Kashkari is a millionaire investment banker who headed the TARP, the federal bailout program, for Presidents Bush and Obama. A resident of Laguna Beach, he's now a Republican candidate for Governor. He says he's conservative on fiscal issues, and wants smaller government.  But he supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage. 

Guests:
Neel Kashkari, candidate for Governor (@neelkashkari)

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