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Is the President's Race to the Top encouraging school reform or perpetuating the mistakes of President Bush's No Child Left Behind? We hear different opinions on this last day for schools to make applications for new federal money. We also hear about today's Los Angeles City Council vote on medical marijuana. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, search and rescue is one thing, but critics say the resources to rebuild Haiti could be wasted in a country that's already too dependent on the rest of the world. President Obama has promised to help “to the very end.” We ask what that could mean. 

Banner image: President Barack Obama and Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, right, take questions today during a group discussion with 6th grade students at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott
Frances Anderton

Making News LA City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Pot Ordinance 16 MIN, 33 SEC

The Los Angeles City Council today passed new regulations on medical marijuana, including a ban on dispensaries within 1000 feet of schools, libraries, parks or other places with so-called "sensitive uses." John Hoeffel reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Is It Worth Racing to the Top? 19 MIN, 28 SEC

schwarzenegger.jpgCalifornia's among the states that have changed their laws to meet tonight's deadline for Race to the Top, President Obama's school-reform program. School districts are competing for some of the $4.3 billion federal dollars available if they encourage charter schools, evaluate teachers based on student test scores and give parents a bigger role. Despite the promise of money, not all school districts want to be part of the program. LA Unified does.

Segment image: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Senator Gloria Romero, State Superintendent of Public Education Jack O'Connell and State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell to hold a press conference where he signed California's Race to the Top application.

Guests:
Sharon Robinson, Special Assistant, LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines
Richard Barrera, President, San Diego Unified School Board
Julie Washington, Elementary Vice President, United Teachers Los Angeles

Main Topic America's Commitment to Haiti: How Much for How Long? 26 MIN, 52 SEC

President Obama has made the US response to Haiti's earthquake a "top priority across the federal government." How long will it take? How much will it cost? We get several perspectives.

Guests:
John Barry, Defense Correspondent, Newsweek
Johanna Mendelson Forman, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies' Americas Program
Laurent Dubois, Soccer Politics Blog (@SoccerPolitics)
Bernice Robertson, Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group's Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean Program

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