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To meet a court order and possibly get $40 million in federal dollars, the LAUSD has to prove it's using standardized tests to evaluate teachers. But the teachers union is telling its members not even to volunteer for such a thing. We hear from Teachers Union President Warren Fletcher and Superintendent John Deasy. Also, the Berman-Sherman race in the San Fernando Valley. Two Democrats are going negative big time in their race for Congress. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, how rape and abortion have become issues in the presidential campaign.

Banner image: Judy Baxter/flickr

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Is Abortion Back on the Political Agenda? 12 MIN, 3 SEC

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is the Republican candidate for the US Senate seat of Democrat Claire McCaskill. In an interview on local TV he was asked about his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape. "From what I understand from doctors, that's [pregnancy resulting from rape] really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down… I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment should be on the rapist and not attacking the child." Both President Obama and the Romney-Ryan campaign took stern issue with Akin. Senior political reporters Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News and Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle pick up the story.

 

 

 

 

Guests:
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)

Main Topic Another Battle over Student Tests to Evaluate Teachers 15 MIN, 3 SEC

The Los Angeles Unified School District would be eligible for $40 million in federal dollars if it could demonstrate that standardized student test scores were being used as one means of evaluating teacher performance. In addition, a local judge says that's required by state law. Superintendent John Deasy devised a voluntary performance review program, but Warren Fletcher, president of the United Teachers of LA, sent a robo-call to 38,000 members telling them not to participate. We speak with them both.

Guests:
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
Warren Fletcher, United Teachers Los Angeles (@utlanow)

Reporter's Notebook Berman-Sherman Race Gets Nastier 6 MIN, 37 SEC

In one of the nation's hottest congressional races, Howard Berman and Brad Sherman are stepping up their attacks on each other. Because of California's new election laws, the two Democrats are running for re-election in November's election for the same Congressional district in the San Fernando Valley. As the race has gone on, it's become nastier and nastier. Last week, at their first debate since Sherman came in 10 points ahead of Berman in the June primary, an audience of about 400 people cheered and booed both candidates. One person told the Daily News he'd come to learn their differences not to see a "boxing match." Jonah Lowenfeld is covering the race for the Jewish Journal.

Guests:
Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal (@jonahlow)

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