FROM Emma Brown
Campus Cops: Keeping the Peace or Over-Policing? Spring Valley High School near Columbia, South Carolina was the scene of a classroom incident, captured on student videos this week and shown on countless news programs. The white officer who dragged a 16-year old black girl out of her chair and across the floor has been fired. The girl herself — and one of the kids who recorded the action — face charges. It's drawn attention to a fact of life at thousands of public schools: uniformed police officers, often with deadly weapons, provide security on campus. But, even elementary school kids have been arrested, interrogated, searched and taken to court on criminal charges. What's the impact on the rest of their lives — and on the educational environment for their classmates?
Are American Children Being Left Behind After All? The Bush Administration established No Child Left Behind — a federal law designed to raise student achievement in America's public schools. The Obama Administration followed up with the competitive program, Race to the Top . Have the resulting pressures on educators — and children — cost more than they're worth? In Atlanta, administrators and teachers have been sentenced to prison for falsifying the results of federal mandated standardized testing. In New York, thousands of public school parents are telling their kids to opt out of taking federally mandated tests. And, in Washington, there's a rare, bipartisan effort to re-write No Child Left Behind. We hear about a growing consensus that education reform needs reform.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.