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Some teachers are required to show up on time, clock in -- and spend the day doing nothing — sometimes for 6 months or more than a year. We talk to an inmate of what's called "teacher jail," the subject of organized protests against LA Unified. Why has the "jail" population increased in recent years? Also, will the School Board appoint a replacement for the late Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte or hold a special election? And unionized deputy sheriffs call federal charges part of an FBI "vendetta."

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, police in Ukraine used force against peaceful protesters today in what's become that country's worst crisis since the Orange Revolution of 2004.  Secretary of State Kerry says the US is "disgusted." Is it really about a contest between the European Union and Russia? What's the role of Ukrainian oligarchs?

 

Banner image: Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Lata Pandya
Andrea Brody

Main Topic What Happens When It's the Teacher Who's in Detention? 15 MIN, 8 SEC

Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles held protest vigils Monday outside four places called "teacher jails." KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports on what the dispute's all about. (He speaks with "Cathy," a teacher currently in teacher jail who doesn't want her named used, LAUSD General Counsel David Holmquist, and middle school teacher Scott Mandel, United Teachers LA's point person on teacher jail issues.)

We also hear from Howard Blume, who reports on education for the LA Times. Blume has more on teacher jails and on the death of veteran LA School Board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

Reporter's Notebook Kobe Bryant Returns to the Lakers 6 MIN, 9 SEC

One of LA's most highly anticipated recent sports events was Kobe Bryant's return to the Lakers after almost eight months off the court with a torn Achilles tendon. Ramona Shelburne covers basketball and other sports for ESPN.

Guests:
Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles (@ramonashelburne)

Making News LA Sheriff's Officers Union Pushes Back against FBI Investigation 6 MIN, 53 SEC

On Monday, 18 LA sheriff's officers were arrested and charged with federal crimes. The highest ranking were Lieutenants Gregory Thompson and Stephen Leavins. They both were part of an alleged conspiracy to obstruct an FBI investigation of county jails. Brian Moriguchi is President of the LA County Professional Peace Officers Association, the deputies' union. He says their arrests were "some sort of message."

Guests:
Brian Moriguchi, LA County Professional Peace Officers Association (@PPOAPresident)

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