Los Angeles Schools Face an 'All-Cuts' Budget
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"Where's the outrage?" asked former LA School Board member David Tokofsky of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez about the latest news for LA Unified. Without the Governor's proposed extension of tax hikes, the district may be in the hole by $500 million, requiring 7000 teachers to be laid off. Are major stakeholders just ringing their hands or trying to find alternatives? On our rebroadcast of To the Point, Libya, the UN and the role of NATO.
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Where's the Outrage? ()
Governor Brown's failure to get tax-hike extensions on the June ballot has created an atmosphere of resignation about what's called an "all-cuts" budget. That would mean reductions of $26 billion across the board and, for LA Unified potential cuts of between $500 and $600 million. After years of cuts in bureaucracy and teacher lay-offs, what would that mean for the nation's second largest school district? John Deasy, who will take over as Superintendent later this month, has told the elected school board he'll accept a 17 percent reduction in salary from $300,000 to $275,000.
- John Deasy: Los Angeles Unified School District, @DrDeasyLAUSD
- Curt Hagman: California Assemblyman (R-Chino Hills)
- David Tokofsky: Associated Administrators of Los Angeles
- Tamar Galatzan: Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
- David Rattray: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
- Ben Austin: Parent Revolution, @parentrev
Libya, the UN and the Role of NATO ()
After bitter criticism from Libya's rebel leaders, NATO has increased the pace of air attacks on Moammar Gadhafi's forces. NATO officials publicly claim a "clear mandate" to implement the UN Security resolution to use "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians. But as the US declines its traditional leadership role, NATO members are squabbling among themselves and rebels in Libya may be fighting a losing battle. Does Moammar Gadhafi now have the upper hand, both militarily and diplomatically? Will the US help arm the rebels on its own?
- Stephen Fidler: Wall Street Journal, @StephenFidler1
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Charles Kupchan: Georgetown University
- Tom Donnelly: American Enterprise Institute, @AEI
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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