FROM Rick Pratt
Benefactors Bail Out ICEF Charter Schools Fifteen charters schools that were about to go out of business got a $10.5 million bailout today. After Mike Piscal founded the Inner City Education Foundation in 1994, it earned a good reputation but, despite that, it’s been on the verge of bankruptcy. Now ICEF schools will stay open, thanks to $2 million each from Eli Broad and Palmer Murray of the Otis Booth Foundation, with additional contributions from several others. Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has come up with $2.2 million. He’s chair of the ICEF Board.
Schwarzenegger Warns that Education Could Face $ 2-4 Billion Cuts Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says, "We never talk about the Governor's private meetings." But others are free to report. Rick Pratt, Assistant Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, was in the room yesterday when the Governor talked about cuts in money for schools and increasing the sales tax.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?