FROM Monica Ratliff
The School Board Member Who Wasn't Supposed to Win Monica Ratliff is a fifth grade teacher who, with a $50,000 campaign, beat overwhelming odds and defeated Eli Broad, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the "reform movement" and its $2 million budget. In the studios of KCRW we speak with the newest member of the LA Unified School Board member and ask what she thinks about the so-called "reform movement," iPads, achievement tests and Superintendent John Deasy.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.