FROM Julie Washington
Is It Worth Racing to the Top? California's among the states that have changed their laws to meet tonight's deadline for Race to the Top , President Obama's school-reform program. School districts are competing for some of the $4.3 billion federal dollars available if they encourage charter schools, evaluate teachers based on student test scores and give parents a bigger role. Despite the promise of money, not all school districts want to be part of the program. LA Unified does . Segment image: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Senator Gloria Romero, State Superintendent of Public Education Jack O'Connell and State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell to hold a press conference where he signed California's Race to the Top application.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.