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Superintendent David Brewer has what he calls a “final plan” for underachieving schools.  A.J. Duffy, head of the teachers’ union, says Brewer’s “declaring war.”  We’ll hear from both leaders about the increasingly brutal politics of education reform. On Reporter’s Notebook, this weekend’s Walk for the Homeless. 

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Superintendent Brewer’s Troubled Plan for Troubled Schools 18 MIN, 23 SEC

After heavy criticism, Superintendent David Brewer has modified his plan for reforming LA's lowest performing schools.  He's reduced the number of campuses he will focus on and scrapped the idea of giving them separate governance.  But he's retained proposals for the reassignment of teachers, merit pay and scripted teaching.  The United Teachers of Los Angeles is so opposed to those ideas that union head A.J. Duffy told the Daily News, Brewer's "declaring war."

Guests:
David L. Brewer, III, Superintendent, LA Unified School District
A.J. Duffy, Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

Reporter's Notebook The United Way Walks For the Homeless 6 MIN, 23 SEC

In a Gallup Poll commissioned in part by the United Way, half the people in Los Angeles said they have taken in friends or relatives who otherwise would have been homeless.  To build public support for strategies to get people off the streets, the group will sponsor a 5K called HomeWalk this coming Saturday.  Three thousand people have already signed up.

Guests:
Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles (@EliseBuik)

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