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The state senate's considering a ballot measure to restore bilingual education, thrown out of the public schools by the voters in 1998. Since then, the voting population has changed statewide, and kids taught in two languages have been successful in San Francisco. We hear some opposing voices. Also, will LA Supervisors spend $2 billion on a new jail or downsize the population of mentally ill inmates by providing outside treatment instead? 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, last week in Oklahoma, Clayton Lockett became the latest in a series of death row inmates who have visibly suffered during their executions. Are judges being bullied into allowing the use of untested drugs for lethal injections?  What's the impact on the continued debate over abolishing capital punishment?

 
Banner image: State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-LB) discusses his initiative to amend portions of Proposition 227 which limits public school instruction to English-only.

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper
Mike Kessler

Supervisors to Consider New Jail Plan 11 MIN, 39 SEC

There's a broad consensus that LA County's antiquated Men's Central Jail needs to be torn down, but there's dispute about what should replace it and who should be housed there. Currently, the Sheriff's Department holds 3000 mentally ill inmates in what's become the biggest mental institution in the US. Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors is expected to take up several options, laid out by the Vanir construction company, all of which provide beds for 3000 mentally ill prisoners. One would cost more than $2 billion.

Guests:
Terry Smerling, Los Angeles Superior Court
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@GloriaMolina1)

More:
Smerling on for mental health treatment programs, not just jails

Is Bilingual Education Making a Comeback? 14 MIN, 39 SEC

In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, to require public-school instruction in English only. Prop 227 passed by 60%, ended bilingual education in California. Last week the State Senate education committee recommended that Prop 227 be repealed. Democrat Ricardo Lara wants another ballot measure in 2016.

Guests:
Patricia Gandara, UCLA (@CRPatUCLA)
Ron Unz, Silicon Valley entrepreneur (@UnzReview)
Sean Reardon, Stanford University (@StanfordEd)

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