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The next crisis for LA schools is contract negotiations between teachers and a new superintendent.  What does next year's school board election have to do with it?  We also talk with a high school teacher about what he earns and how much he does for the money. Plus, alternative energy lights this year's State Capitol Christmas tree'but you can't do this at home.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Dan Konecky

Main Topic LA Teachers Protest Stalled Contract Talks 20 MIN, 14 SEC

Several thousand Los Angeles teachers turned out last night to point flashlights on LA Unified offices downtown and in the San Fernando Valley. Their contract ran out in July and, five months later, they claimed they were pushing for higher salaries and shining the light on continuing waste by the LAUSD. They're exerting pressure on candidates for the March school board election by withholding endorsements.  We look at the politics of education and what goes on in the classroom.

Guests:
A.J. Duffy, Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
Justin Kirby, English teacher at Fairfax High School

Reporter's Notebook Christmas Tree Fuelled by Hydrogen Fuel Cell 4 MIN, 26 SEC

Christmas trees on the West Lawn of the State Capitol are nothing new, but on this year's 56-foot-tall white fir, 6500 lights are powered by a type of generator that's never been used before.  Governor Schwarzenegger pushed the button on a hydrogen fuel cell.

Guests:
Clint Swett, Staff writer for the Sacramento Bee

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