A Surprising Convert to LA School Reform
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As president of the LA teachers' union, A.J. Duffy was a staunch opponent of charter schools. Now he wants to run one that makes tenure harder to get and streamlines teacher dismissals. We talk with him and his successor as head of the UTLA, and hear about new rules set by the elected school board that could change who gets to control new schools. Do the new rules rely on standardized tests to judge teacher performance? Do they give insiders too much clout? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, America and the food revolution.
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School Reform and LA Unified's Public School Choice Plan ()
LA Unified has more charter schools than any other district in the US. That's because of the Public School Choice plan, created to improve schools through competition by allowing outside groups, as well as internal teams, to bid for control of new and under-performing schools. Now the rules have been changed by the elected School Board, to give priority to insiders, meaning the District's own administrators and teachers. As head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, AJ Duffy was an outspoken opponent of charter schools. Now he's applying to become a charter school operator. He wants to hire teachers from the Crescendo charter schools, which were closed down when administrators ordered teachers to cheat on standardized tests. We speak with Duffy, educators and administrators.
- A.J. Duffy: Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
- Warren Fletcher: United Teachers Los Angeles, @utlanow
- Tamar Galatzan: Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
- Marco Petruzzi: Green Dot Charter Schools, @GreenDotSchools
Blah Chicken, Bland Tomatoes and the Food Revolution ()
There's a growing backlash against industrialized food production, including tomatoes and chickens that don't taste right and aren't genuinely nutritious. But not everybody can afford to buy the real things. We speak with food writer Barry Estabrook, whose scathing new book is Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, and others about the Good Food movement.
- Barry Estabrook: food writer and author
- Xenia: Rainbow Ranch Farms
- Marion Nestle: New York University, @marionnestle
- Adam Drewnowski: University of Washington
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert 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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