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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.