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As Mayor Villaraigosa prepares to try his hand at improving student performance in public schools, he’ll have to deal with a problem researchers say is “hidden in plain sight.” Also tonight, late-summer heat stresses the power system. 

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in L.A. Schools 17 MIN, 54 SEC

With hugs all around, Mayor Villaraigosa, LA’s elected School Board and Superintendent Brewer announced today that the Mayor will try to improve student performance in two high schools and their feeder schools.  The specific schools have not been named and the Teachers’ Union is worried about what it calls “hostile takeovers”.  Meantime, here’s some insight into why children in troubled neighborhoods don’t do well in school.  An astonishing number have PTSD—post traumatic stress disorder—at nearly twice the rate of the troops coming back from Iraq. LA Unified is one of the few urban districts that acknowledge the problem. 

A special thank you to Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle for today's topic.

Guests:
Victor Carrion, Associate Professor and Director of the Early Life Stress Research Program at Stanford University
Marleen Wong, Director of LAUSD’s Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services
Pia Escudero, Corrective Counseling Field Coordinator

Making News Searing Heat Pushes State Electricity Grid to the Max 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Higher temperatures are generating a higher demand for power, making today and tomorrow Flex Alert days.

Guests:
Gregg Fishman, Public Information Officer for the California Independent Systems Operator

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