FROM Janel George
Is It Time to Reform Education Reform… Again? It could be a rare compromise in a sharply divided Congress. Democrats and Republicans want to get rid of No Child Left Behind . The likely replacement would be called Every Child Succeeds — with less standardized testing and more power to states and local districts. But, conservatives complain there’s still too much federal involvement; liberals worry the rights of low-income and minority students will be ignored. We hear details of efforts to thread the needle between teachers, advocates of school choice, civil libertarians and many other interested parties.
Schools Receive Military Equipment The Pentagon has been criticized for “militarizing” local police departments by handing out surplus equipment. Now it turns out that some local public school police forces are getting equipment, too. School Police Chief Steve Zimmerman says he’ll give back the grenade launchers—but he wants to hang on to the 14-ton armored vehicle.Do schools need surplus military equipment to keep order on campus? Niraj Chokshi is reporting the story for the Washington Post. A coalition of civil rights groups and others focused on juvenile issues has formally asked the Pentagon to “end the transfer of military weapons to local school districts and police departments for use in K-12 public schools.” Janel George represents the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.