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LA’s public schools open next week for another term… better off financially than they’ve been in years.  But the second largest public school district in the United States is still a nightmare for many parents to navigate.  Do they have enough choice for their kids—or too much?  Are magnet schools, charters and special programs creating a new kind of segregation? Also, what’s next for civilian oversight of the scandal-plagued LA Sheriff’s Department? We’ll talk with Inspector General Max Huntsman.

Banner Image: Los Angeles Unified School District Logo; Credit: Kfrancis12

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sarah Sweeney

The State of the LAUSD, Taking Advantage of LA’s Public School System 5 MIN

Next Tuesday is back to school day for LA Unified and, yesterday, Superintendent John Deasy gave his annual State of the District address at Garfield High School in East LA.  He said new state money will help reverse years of recession-era cutbacks, while hundreds of new teachers, librarians and other staff are being hired.  Fifteen hundred administrators were in the audience, and each seat featured a sealed envelope—with the name of a high school freshman at risk of dropping out.  John Deasy joins us tonight.

Guests:
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
Tanya Anton, founder of GoMamaGuide.com and LAUSD parent (@GoMamaGuide)
Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles (@CRPatUCLA)

LA Supervisors Shoot Down Civilian Oversight 5 MIN

What’s next for civilian oversight of the scandal-plagued LA Sheriff’s Department? LA County won’t have a civilian committee for oversight of the Sheriff’s Department—at least until after the November election.  Supervisors Molina and Ridley-Thomas said that the time has come, but Antonovich, Knabe and Yaroslavsky voted to focus first on establishing rules for the new Inspector General.

Guests:
Max Huntsman, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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