Prop 8 Goes to Federal Court; LA Schools Get Their Test Scores
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Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriages, has begun what might be a trip to the US Supreme Court. Also, the scores are in for LA Unified, Green Dot charters and schools controlled by Mayor Villaraigosa. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a record pace of home foreclosures is taking its biggest toll on blacks and Hispanics. Did big lenders conduct a new kind of housing discrimination by pushing sub-prime loans to minorities hoping for a piece of the American dream?
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The Dream of Homeownership Becomes a Nightmare ()
One of the main stumbling blocks to economic recovery is the record pace of home foreclosures. The National Association of Realtors says one-quarter of US mortgage holders is "underwater." Those most likely to feel the pain are blacks and Latinos, especially women.
- John Taylor: President/CEO, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- Kai Wright: Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
- Gary Acosta: Co-founder, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
- Thomas Sugrue: Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Federal Trial over Prop 8 to Begin in January ()
In San Francisco today, federal Judge Vaughn Walker set January 11 for the trial of a lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8, passed last year by California voters to ban same-sex marriages. Bob Egelko reports for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Bob Egelko: Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Schools Get Their Test Scores ()
Test scores are in for LA Unified, Green Dot charter schools and Mayor Villaraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles schools. They all show some improvement, but there's no change at all in the gaps between Asians and whites, who score fairly high, and blacks and Latinos, who are far behind.
- Ray Cortines: Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Marshall Tuck: Senior Advisor on Education to Mayor Villaraigosa
- Steve Barr: Founder and CEO, Green Dot Public Schools, @SteveBarrLA
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