Closing Guantanamo, Opening Up the LAUSD
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Charlie Beck is the unanimous choice of the City Council as the next Chief of the LAPD. Also, the battle begins for control of 36 schools LA Unified. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, to make good on his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, President Obama needs to re-locate more than 200 prisoners. One likely location in northwestern Illinois has set off a political firestorm, and there's ongoing dispute over how to clear up all those cases.
Obama Administration Eyes Gitmo North in Thomson, Illinois ()
Yesterday, government officials toured the Thomson Correctional Facility, an unoccupied state prison 150 miles northwest of Chicago. It might be the next stop for prisoners now held at Guantanamo Bay. Then again, it might not.
- Lynn Sweet: Columnist, PoliticsDaily.com
- Dafna Linzer: Senior Reporter, ProPublica
- Jeremy Rabkin: Professor of Constitutional Law, George Mason University Law School
- Scott Horton: Visiting Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School
New Police Chief Charlie Beck Sworn In ()
The Los Angeles City Council today was unanimous in the confirming the new 56th Chief of the LAPD. Charlie Beck has pledged to infuse Bill Bratton's vaunted reforms into what Beck calls "the DNA" of the Department. He'll have his challenges. Eric Garcetti, President of the City Council, pinned the badge on the new Chief.
LAUSD Schools Go Up for Grabs ()
In August, Los Angeles' elected school board voted to open up 200 low-performing schools and 50 new ones to outside control. The process has started, and yesterday was the deadline for applications to run 36 schools on 30 campuses. Dozens of groups submitted proposals, including Green Dot and other charter operators, Mayor Villagraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and a team composed of the teachers' union and school district staff.
- Howard Blume: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @howardblume
- A.J. Duffy: President, United Teachers Los Angeles
- Jed Wallace: President, California Charter Schools Association
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